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Ledger book from O.C. Simmons, hardware store owner in Paw Paw, Michigan, and dated for the years 1866-67.

12 x 7.5, blue marbled boards with black leather spine, unpag (120 pages, 94 have been written on). Covers are shelfworn, have light wrinkling, rubbing, small abrasions, corners bumped and worn, spine scuffed/scraped with offsetting and ink and pencil notes on endpapers, paper starting to peel over front inner hinge, contents have soiling and smudging else good. One of the names written on the front endpaper lists Paw Paw as its location, part of the way inside the ledger is written: Surplus Amount of Stock on Hand including notes, Ledger Accts and cash on hand after ? from O.C. Simmons hw March 13, 1865." Entry was dated at the top Jan. 8, 1866. In the Michigan State Gazeteer for 1863 - 1864, Paw Paw (population 1300) is described as "a flourishing incorporated post village, the capital of Van Buren county . . . is located on the south branch of the Paw Paw River . . . It has also two flouring mills, two saw mills, two sash blind and door manufactories, three cabinet shops, two barrel factories, one plough factory, one machine shop, one private banking house, two carriage manufactories . . . " On the list of professions, trades etc., is Simmon, O C & Co., (Orville C Simmons and Alonzo Sherman), hardware. Some of the items he sold: mill wright augers, boring machines, various tools; coffin screws, dowels and handles; display cases; copper boilers, blank keys; elevator bells, quilt frame clamps; shotguns, rifles, bullet molds, powder flasks, owbows, otter traps; cutlery, sorghum skimmer, pie and cake pans; skates, blacksmith hammers and tongs; cowbells, corn huskers; carriage bolts, whips, harness ornaments; window blinds, curtain catchers, etc. etc. An interesting look into Paw Paw's past.


Book Id: 98-1548

Price: $250.00

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