It was just an average Saturday at McDermott’s General Store in Clontarf. There were several customers that day including Father Oster who bought 2 straw hats at 50 cents each. John Healy purchased sugar, a can of peaches, and 3 dozen eggs for a total of 80 cents, and a new broom, a pound of tea, and one dozen eggs set D.A. McDonnell back 85 cents. James Purcell bought 1/2 pound A&N tobacco, 25 cents and a bottle of birch beer, 20 cents.
I had never heard of birch beer. I guess it is similar to root beer.