Many Tara Township farmers made the trip into Clontarf on this mid-summer Saturday and picked up some necessities at McDermott’s General Store.
Martin McAndrew purchased oatmeal and nails, while his brother-in-law Timothy Cain picked up sugar, oil, apples, tea, tobacco, and 3 pans.
My great-great-grandfather John Regan rarely shows up on Mr. McDermott’s ledger in 1884, but he came in for buttons and 2-1/2 yards jean fabric, sugar, tea, vinegar, and a pail. Regan’s neighbors Timothy Galvin and Jerry Lucy bought tobacco and oatmeal, respectively.
Mrs. Jane Kenna had the most interesting shopping list that day. She purchased a pair of boots and a rake; 9-1/2 yards of muslin, 6 spools, and one roll batting; sugar, tea, and 50 pounds of salt.
Any guesses on how much 50 pounds of salt cost Mrs. Kenna? What would she use that much salt for?