On August 27, 1883 William Duggan of Tara sold 13 dozen eggs to Mr. McDermott for $1.62. That seems like a lot of eggs.
I know I shouldn’t rely on a TV series from the 1970s as my frame of reference, but on Little House on the Prairie, Caroline Ingalls would walk into town with a basket of eggs over her arm to sell to Mrs. Oleson at the mercantile. If 13 dozen eggs only fetched $1.62 in 1883, then Ma’s measly dozen or so (whatever her little basket held) would have hardly put a dent in the Ingalls’ tab at Oleson’s Mercantile. LHOTP took place ten years earlier than the McDermott ledger, so Caroline probably would have made about a dime.
It will be difficult, but I need to refrain from making comparisons to LHOTP every time I look at the McDermott Store ledger. Not all of my historical context comes from TV programs.
Back to McDermott’s. Pork was a popular item at the store this day. I had not noticed it in the ledger before, but Frank Casey picked up 16-1/2 pounds of pork, M. Chennery bought 24-1/2 pounds, 18-1/2 pounds for Michael O’Neil, and 22 pounds for Thomas O’Brien.
Of course there were also the usual purchases of assorted dry goods, tobacco, and lamp oil. Something a little different – Stephan Owens of Tara (later of Clontarf) purchased 50-cents worth of black berries.
A note to Keith: an entry in the ledger reads, John Casey (Marysland). I think this confirms what you thought about a previous John Casey entry.