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Fossil, Oregon, Ledgers

 Collection — Box: 1-3
Identifier: MSS-0070

Content Description

Three ledgers from mercantiles or general stores in Fossil, Oregon, in the late nineteenth and early 20th centuries. The stores were Hoover and Watson and the second was identified only as K&S. The first ledger has "Ledger" stamped on the spine and first page is stamped with "Hoover and Watson Dealers in General Merchandise Fossil Or." The ledger begins with an alphabetical listing of individuals followed by 455 pages of expenses for the mercantile store dated 1884-1886. A tin type photo is taped to the top of the first page and under it is written "Our candidate for Sheriff." The second ledger is stamped "Cash and Sales" on the spine and the front is stamped, "September 19, 1900 – Nov. 1, 1901. K & S." Inside is a photograph of the inside of the store. There are a total of 500 pages with the names and goods each customer purchased. There is a great variety of goods purchased including: stovepipe, matches, shells, sugar, gloves, overcoat, wheat, thread, calico, coffee, gingham, velvet binding, skin, shoes, cigar, blots, lard, album, library paste, syrup, rice, soap, muslin, candy, gum, wagon, suit, and more. The third ledger is stamped "Cash and Sales" on the spine and the front is stamped, "K & S Jan. 1, 1903 and After." The latest entries are from 1904. This ledger has some pieces of ephemera between the pages and one cabinet photograph of a man taken at a Portland, Oregon studio. This ledger has writing up to page 65 then blank up to page 200. There are 14 pages of writing (200-214) then blank until page 460 and another 40 pages of writing after that.

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  • Creation: 1884-1904


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1 Cubic Feet (3 boxes containing 3 volumes) : Ledgers

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Custodial History

Purchased on ebay from seller diaries on May 15, 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented to the University of Nebraska libraries and the citizens of Nebraska in loving memory of Mr. and Mrs. George Miller Hays, Sr., Billings, Montana, parents of Don Llewelyn Hays, Omaha, Nebraska, 1888-1974.


Fossil, Oregon, Ledgers
Amy Schindler; Angela Kroeger
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Archives & Special Collections Repository

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