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Post office ledger from Keelersvile.

np (keelersville) 1850-1856 15 x 6.5, marbled boards w/ leather spine, unpag. Covers worn, stained, rear cover creased, spine scuffed and stained. Entrees on at least half of the pages, creasing, soiling, spotting, small tears, a few corner tips worn away, most of one page removed, slight musty smell. A card inside indicates that this ledger is from Keelersville. The ink entries list the costs to mail letters (5 cents to 10 cents for one) for area residents. The likely postmaster is Eleazer H. Keeler, he became its first postmaster in 1835. The office was moved to the nearby village of Keeler in 1856 and the post office name was changed to Keeler. There are also entries for potatoes, pork, pig, boards, flour, peaches which would make sense as Keeler also owned a tavern. Other entries are for "keep slay and horses one night" and fees for paper, i.e., renewal of newspaper subscriptions for the Detroit Tribune, the Niles paper and Massachusetts for one Zenes Sykes. Of special interest is this notation "Sam B. Fisk Commenced Carrying the Mail the 27th of May 1851." At the back are copies of letters giving money to various individuals in the cities of Beaver Creek, Geneseo, Rock Island; poetry, misc. notes. Another item of special interest is the listing of "Apple Varieties" which fills up half of a page. Boston Greening, Northern Spy, Summer Rose, Roxbury Rupert are some of the varieties, and the months of their season are also listed. Below the apple varieties is a much smaller listing of peach varieties, i.e., Red Rose Ripe. Included is a printed form from A.S. Williams, the Detroit postmaster, with instructions to the postmaster at Keelersvillle how letters should be addressed for proper routing. Dated June 18, 1851. Keelersville (sometimes spelled Kellersville) was located in southern Van Buren county. An interesting look at a community that no longer exists.

Book Id: 97-0989

Price: $195.00

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