Business was a little slow during the first week of October in 1883 at McDermott General Store. I suppose the farmers were busy harvesting – no time to drive into town and shop.
However, there were several interesting transactions on October 1, 1883…
- Patrick Conroy collected on 17-cents worth of butter he sold to Mr. McDermott.
- James Kent stocked up on needles (.05), 4 yards cotton flannel (.52), one spool (.05), hose (.20), and 5 yards Irish Frase (?) (1.40). Looks like someone was going to do some sewing!
- Michael Shea (by Tom) purchased one pound of Japanese tea for 60-cents.
- M. Chinnery sold almost 11 dozen eggs (10 and 9/12 dozen to be exact) for $1.60 and bought 3 lace front shirts for $6.00.
- John Cusick bought, among other items, six pounds of Arbuckles’ Coffee for$1.00.
- John Regan paid the balance on some kerosene oil (.12), and added a pair of sox (.50) and 3 pounds of oat meal (.15).
In one of the entries, granulated sugar is specified. I wonder what the regular sugar that other people bought was? Brown sugar? Any insight into sugar in the 1880s?
Also, can anyone figure out what type of fabric James Kent bought? It looks like Irish Frase…I have no idea about that.
The history of Arbuckles’ Coffee is fascinating. It was around a long time before Starbucks, but I wonder about the similarity in the names?
I would love to hear your comments/ideas…