Every time I look at a page in the McDermott General Store ledger, I recognize more of the customer names, and I could even tell you a little bit about them (at the very least I could tell you about their shopping habits!)
Saturday August 1, 1885 saw many of the regular customers at McDermott’s store: Frank McMahon, Timothy Cain, Richard McGraw, Martin McAndrew, Mrs. Jane Kenna, John Regan, and Michael Shea. John Casey (we have heard from his descendant on the blog) spent $4.60 on a variety of items including four cups and saucers (.40) and a sack of flour (2.50).
While all other staples regularly appear in the ledger, flour is rarely purchased. Does anyone have an idea why this is the case? I wonder if there was a flour mill somewhere nearby where the residents of the Clontarf area bought their flour?
Two names in the ledger on this day that I know nothing about are Patrick Lynch and Patrick Daily. Does anyone know about either of these two two families?
One more thing about the McDermott ledger…
Although I don’t have a complete copy of the ledger, I am curious where the French residents of Clontarf did their shopping, since their names very seldom appear. It could very well be that I am missing those pages, but it seems curious to me that they never show up. Any ideas on this topic?
I will announce the winner of the drawing tomorrow.