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1888-1889 North Fork Merchant's Ledger
Posted by: Marian Franklin (ID *****9774) Date: September 09, 2009 at 18:25:44
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L. F. Franklin took over the operation of the mercantile business in Northfork, as it was spelled in those days, about 1898 and then bought the store. He married the schoolteacher, Maggie Moutrey in 1903 and they operated the business until his death in 1921. In about 1927 Maggie Franklin sold the store to a man named Cunningham and moved to Los Angeles. In about 1932, Mr. Cunningham disappeared and Maggie and her son, Lewis, returned to open the store again as Franklin's IGA Market. Lewis and his wife, Mary Margaret (MM) Davies operated the store and Post Office until 1944 when it was sold to Mr. Best.
The original building was on the west side of the road and had a saloon on the north end. The Franklin's built a dance hall across the road. Before 1910 Mr. Franklin built a 2-story home up the hill to the west of the store. A garage was added in 1916 to house their first automobile. There was also a small fire house for the hand pump wagon.
When the Franklin's repossessed the store the dance hall was converted to hold the mercantile business with an apartment in the back for Lewis and his family.

The folowing Ledger, or day book, was kept by a former manager of the mercantile business. Mr. Franklin used it as a scrapbook, pasting clippings about animal care, agriculture and recipies over the original writing. These came off easily and exposed the original entries which are being transcribed. Originally there were 192 pages but quite a few were cut out. The section below begins Friday March 23rd 1888 and goes to April 20th 1888. The last page, 192, is dated March 10th 1889. The names of the customers are listed along with what they bought and the prices. (Notes: Some names were spelled phonetically and some were difficult to make out. cu = cup, plg + plug, pr = Pair, " = pound, etc.)


Friday Mch 23rd 1888 (page) 1
65 K. B. Stoors 10 lb bacon        1.00
66 Al Kinsman        2 cns 2 lb beef (70) 5 lbs cheese (125)                      1.95
67 Nelson              6 ½” bacon        1.04
64 Mdse                                     8.92
78 Jo A. Craner 296” potatoes (715) 50 “ onions (177)

Saturday Mch 24th 1888
66 A. Nelson        1” Climax 1” Paces (40)               .90
68 Mark Anderson 3 Ό “ Bacon (52c) 5” Rice (50c)
Coffee (50c) 1.52

Sunday Mch 20th 1888
69 John Walker 1 Gl Syms (100) 1lb B Powd (50c) 1.50
       2” Crackers (25) 10” Rice
12ydsGingham150) 2.75
       1 wash bord (200) 1 SK flour (1.75)         3.75
66 A. Nelson       Potatoes 50c onions (25c)        .75
70 Frank Shellyuish bal on 1 bottle               .50
71 Mrs T. Wagman        1 cu oysters                     .35
66 Al Kinsman        sugar (100) Tobac (50)        1.50

(page) 2
Monday Mch 25th 1888 (page) 2
72 Jesse Benites       sugar                            .50
73 J. F. Ogden 30” onions(130) 18” sugar (2.00)
B Rond (100)        4.50
76 Schroder & Tadlock       17 1.2” Potatoes 4” cracker (50)                      1.03
       3 Ό” cheese 1 bot wiskey (100) 1.81
75 Robt Headon1 pocket knife                            .25

Tuesday Mch 27th 1888
74 Geo Simmons 1 bot wiskey Mch 29th 1.00
69 A. Nelson       coffee (50) Sugar (50) beef (35) 1.30
              1” B powder 50) Beans (50) 1.00
80 Susa       bal on flour (75) B powder(25) 1.00
74 J. W. Gilmon 10 14/16” bacon 1.75
75 Geo Walker        1” Candy (25) 1” nuts (25)              .50
75 Wm Walker 1 bot pickles (35c) 1 bot pickles (25)        .60
73 J. F. Oyler 1 Matras Wm Thrower 2.50
              1 bot wisky Oneal 1.00

(pages 3 and 4 missing)
Friday Mch 30th 1888
81 Wm Walker       1 L K Shovel 1.20
67 A. Nelson        1 cu salmon                      .25
85 Chas Lindberg 1 bot wiskey 1.00
68 Mark Anderson 5 1/4 “ bacon .84
2 Doz eggs                            .50
85 Chas Lundberg       1 bot wiskey 1.00
87 Dan Steel       thread needles and button 1.00
87 Dan Steel       1 bottle wiskey        1.00                                          18.79
Saturday Mch 31th 1888
71 Mrs Wagman 10” cheese (250) 4 doz eggs (100) 3.50
1 doz milk 1.25
70 Frank Shillquick 1 bot wiskey 1.00
66 Al Kinsman 3 1/3 “ coffee (100) 1” tea (50) 1.50
X J. Benites Paid cash for South 2/- Dr       
72       ½ doz marbles                                   .10 13.44

Sunday Ap 1st 1888
70 Frank Shuignich       bal on wiskey                     .50
72 Jesus Benites       1 cn C. C. Carney .35
nuts                            .10
78 Mdse to Mrs Wagman 4 cns milk actd
82 Wm Oneal       1 cn C. C. Carney (35c) ½” cracker (15)       .50
1 bot wiskey 1.00
X Robt Harlow       p cash 1.25
67 Al Nelson       1 bottle 1.00
72 Jesus Benites       Bacon                            .45
68 Mark Anderson       1” Climax tobac               .50
                                          18.11

Monday Ap 2 d 1888
81 Wm Walker        1 G H shovel 1.25
68 Mark Anderson       2” Plums                     .30
Sugar                            .50
74 Geo Simmons       1 lb H. S. Tobac              .60

(pages 7 and 8 missing)
Saturday Ap 7th 1888 (page) 9
64 A. Craner              1” candles(25)
66 Al Kinsman       Ό wiskey (100) 1 S. flour (1.75)
1 cu S Powder 3.50
Ό wiskey (100)1” tobac matches (10c) 1.60
67 A. Nelson       1 bx pills(25) Soda (25)              .50
70 Frank Shekynish       tobac (20) 1 pr socks
(25) cig arκtes (5)              .50
87 Chas Black       1 pr oalls (75) 5 cns milk (100)
2 cns tomatoes (50) 2.25
75 Robt Harlow       mds on Comites Book 33.03

Sunday Ap 8th
70 Frank Shellgnich       Ό wiskey 1.00
75 W. G. Walker       1 pr socks .25
67 A. Nelson       Potatoes (50) Onions (25) 1 cu Beef (35c) Ό wiskey (100)        2.10
87 Chas Black 1 straw hat (1.50) 1.50
68 Mark Anderson 1 S K Flour 1.75) Ό wiskey (100) 2.75

(page) 10
Ap 8th 1888
85 Chas Lundberg Ό wiskey (100) 1 cu F--- (35) 1.65
1 plg tobac (40) 2 sm cigarellie (15c) .55
83 W ONeal       Ό wiskey (100) cigarettes (25) 1.25

Monday Ap 9th 1888
70 Frank Shellgnish       Ό wiskey (100) Ό wiskey (100) 2.00
66 Al Kinsman Nellie G Sugar 1 cu peaches (25) 1.35
84 Chas Lemodes       14 yds Pmile 1.00
71 Mrs Wagman        1 cu lard(75) 18” onions (1.08) 1.83
68 Mark Anderson 1 bot pickles (30) 2” apples (2.61)       .55
75 Geo Walker        1 cu beef (.35) crackers (20)              .55
78       Merchandise                      .90
to J. F. Fouler 3 Ύ G. Ponder

10th
71 Mrs Wagman       1” starch com .15
85 Geo Hamilton       Ό wiskey 1.00
(pages 11-14 missing)

Ap 15th 1888
65 H. B. Stover       3 1/2 “ bacon                     .56
71 Mrs Wagman       1” soda (10c)                            .10
68 Mark Anderson       1 cu C Beef (35) 1 corn (25)       .60
80 Ed Carothers       1 bot n. n. n.        1.00
66 Al Kinsman              1 pocket knife                     .75
87 Dan Steel              Ό wiskey 1.00

17th
87 Dan Steel       Ό wiskey 1.00
71 Mrs Wagman       3 bots pickles (90) 3 Sauce (75c) 1.65
1 bunch envelopes (15) Letter Paper (43)       .55
67 A. Nelson       1” B powder 1 cu beef (35)              .85
71 Chas Zinc       2 pr socks (25)                            .25
68 Mark Anderson       2” Climax 1.00

Ap 18th 1888 (page) 14
75 Robert Harlow       10” Rice 1.00
85 Chas Lundberg       1 pr sleeve holders (25) match safe ((25) tobac (50c)        1.00

19th
70 Frank Shellgnish       1 shirt (75) Ό wiskey (100c) tobac (25c) 2.00
73 J. F. Oyler sugar (100) 2 plgs tobac (50&60c) 2.10
1 cu mustard (50) 2 pts pickles ((80c) 2.90
65 H B Stoon       13” potatoes .45
87 Dan Steel       Ό wiskey 1.00
65 Chas Black       13” potatoes (45) Ό wiskey (1.00) 1.45
70 Frank Shellgnish       1 cu oysters                     .25

20th
66 Al Kinsman       2 cu beef (70) salt (50) 1.20
4” coffee(100) 12 yds muslin (150) 2.50                      3.70
67 A Nelson       1” salmon (25) 1 cu beef (25) .50

(more transcriptions to come. The next section will be formatted differently and easier to read.)


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