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Ledger from an unidentified merchant/farmer from Grand Rapids, 1869-1878, listing the men he hired for various jobs, what he paid them and what merchandise he sold them, also an entry showing the expenses of making maple sugar and the amount of maple suga

Grand Rapids 1869-1870 8.25 x 7, marbled boards with leather spine, unpag (114 pages, 39 pages have been written on). Covers warped, rubbed, a few abrasions, corners and spine tips bumped and worn, shelfworn, leather scuffed/scraped, contents have minor worming on lower margins of first couple of pages, loose pages, light toning, and soiling else good. Although Grand Rapids isn't listed in the contents, there were pieces of information present that gave that indication. Inside the front cover is a piece of stationery from Williams & Harlan, attorneys and solicitors, Grand Rapids and a friendly handwritten note from Harlan to Orwinnell (sp?) Rogers requesting eggs; an entry for Jessie Rogers listing a deposit in the First N.(ational) Bank (organized in Grand Rapids in 1864); also in the same entry a listing for payment to attorneys Ball & Boyers (in 1864 Ball was a practicing attorney in Grand Rapids). Some of the items he sold: stationery, bottles of medicine, fencing, lumber, skeleton wagon, naval revolver, harness, pigs, sheep, cured ham, peaches, potatoes, flour butter. Jobs he paid men to do: tapping maple sugar and gathering sap, butchering and salting hogs, working with the cattle, cutting logs, framing timber, grafting apple trees, sowing grass seed, spreading manure, harvesting, etc. He also sold the "services" of his bull to other people's cows. Some of the names: Dillenback, Beals, Van Pelt, Chubb, Whelan. In 1870 the population of Grand Rapids was 16,507 and by 1880 it was 32,016. A nice look at a growing community.

Book Id: 98-1549

Price: $150.00

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