Sep 12

It Came From Under the Summer Kitchen

No, this is not a story about some creature that came crawling out of the earth. It is the tale of a very old item that was put away many years ago and forgotten.

Earlier this summer Joe was weed whipping at the Schumm farm when Marilyn walked across the barnyard pushing a cute little three-wheeled cart. It was obviously very old and in fairly good condition. She asked Joe if he thought I would want it.

Was she serious? Of course! I would love to have it!


Where did this lovely old cart come from? And why would she offer it to me?

Marilyn and her husband now own the house where my Schumm grandparents lived, the house where my mom and her sisters grew up. Behind the main house is a breezeway and on the other side of the breezeway is the old summer kitchen.

People don’t have summer kitchens these days because most homes are air conditioned. But years ago many homes had a second kitchen, separate from the main house, where the family would cook in the summer. This way they would not heat up the main house while cooking.

My grandparents’ summer kitchen was a separate building, a very nice-sized kitchen. It set up on blocks and there was some space between the floor and the ground.

A few years ago Marilyn turned the summer kitchen into her laundry room and she wanted to insulate around its foundation. Her husband was under the building working when he felt something poke him in the back. As he carefully started to dig he saw a mental handle. He kept removing dirt from around the object, digging mainly with the claw end of his hammer, until he eventually uncovered the entire little cart. They removed the cart from underneath the summer kitchen and carefully cleaned it up.

Why was this cart buried in the dirt under my grandparents’ summer kitchen? Who put it there? And when?

My aunt Amy, my mom’s older sister, recalls that they used to shove things in the space under the summer kitchen. She vaguely remembers this old cart and believes they put it under the building for winter storage. My mom does not remember the cart at all, so it must have been put under there when she was a very young girl.

I would guess that the little cart was under the summer kitchen, in the dirt, for 7 or 8 decades. Until a few years ago. It is amazing that it is in such good condition!

Gendron Mail Cart (3)

Gendron Mail Cart

You can still read the writing on the side, where the word DELIVERY was painted. The manufacturer’s metal name plate is still attached to the end. It was made by Gendron Wheel Co,Toledo, Ohio.

Original name plate, Gendron Wheel Co, Toledo, O.

Original name plate, Gendron Wheel Co, Toledo, O.

Marilyn did a little research and learned that it was a mail delivery cart, used to pick up mail at the train station and deliver it to the post office.

Marilyn used the cart for decoration in her home for a few years until she felt it took up too much space. She decided to get rid of it but she wanted someone from the family to have it. Lucky me! Talk about being in the right place at the right time.

Also ironic is that Joe was going to make a flower cart for our back yard and this was exactly the type of cart we wanted. Although this cart is now too fragile to be used outside it can be used as a template to build a garden cart.

Still, I am using it as flower cart, but for artificial flowers in our basement.

Gendron Mail Cart

Gendron Mail Cart

The Gendron Iron Wheel Company, founded in 1872 and incorporated in 1880, originated the wire wheel and made bicycles, tricycles, invalid chairs, go-cars, baby carriages, doll carriages, coaster wagons, toy wheel barrows, and other such items. And obviously mail carts. Gendron became a subsidiary of American National in 1927. [1] I would say this cart was made before 1927.

But where did my grandparents get this mail cart in the first place, so many years ago?

Although there was a post office in Schumm at one time, there were no postmasters in our immediate Schumm family. Perhaps it was used at the Willshire Post Office. After all, a train ran through both towns.

I can only speculate that the cart outgrew its usefulness at the post office and was sold or given away and somehow my grandparents ended up with it. It was probably a handy little cart to use around the farm, sort of like a wheelbarrow.

But did my grandparents forget they had stored it under the summer kitchen? How could you forget something like this? They were frugal and resourceful people and it is hard to believe that they would have not used it until it fell apart.

There are some things we will never know…

In the end I am glad they did forget about it, leaving it buried safely in the ground for years, waiting to be rediscovered and re-purposed one day.


[1] Gendron, Ind., Wikipedia ( : accessed 11 September 2014).

Sep 09

Tombstone Tuesday–Elisabeth Barbara Schott

Elisabeth Schott, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Elisabeth Schott, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Elisabeth Barbara Schott, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:


According to Zion Chatt’s records Elisabeth Barbara Schott was born in Liberty Township, Mercer County, to Michael and Margaretha (Kuehm) Schott on 30 June 1878. She was baptized at Zion on 8 August 1878 by Rev. Hugo Willert. Her baptismal sponsors were Ferdinand Hoffmann and his wife Barbara.

Elisabeth was confirmed at Zion on 9 April 1893 by Rev. J.F.C. Soller. Her church confirmation record also gives her birth year as 1878.

Elisabeth never married and had health problems for over 50 years. She died of cancer on 5 August 1931 in Liberty Township, at the age of 54 years, 1 month, and 5 days, according to the church records. Survivors included her parents, 3 brothers, and two sisters. She was buried on 7 August, laid to rest three tombstones away from her parents.

Her funeral service was performed by Rev. E. Katterheinrich. He was not one of Zion Chatt’s pastors but ministers at Zion Chatt changed from Rev. Jacob Albrecht to Rev. Carl Peter Yahl in 1931. Katterheinrich may have been an interim or neighboring pastor.

According to her death certificate Elisabeth died from multiple hemorrhages of her skin all over her body. Cancer was a contributory cause.

Elisabeth’s father Michael, address Geneva, Indiana, was the informant on her death certificate. He gave her date of birth as 30 June 1877 and her age as 53 years, 1 month, and 5 days. [1]

Here is a discrepancy in a birth year yet again. Although the church records conflict with her death certificate and grave marker I tend to agree with her church baptismal record, which was created soon after her birth.


[1] “Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 6 September 2014), Elizabeth Barbara Schott, 5 August 1931; citing Liberty, mercer, Ohio, reference fn 51874; FHL microfilm 1992473.

Sep 05

This & That

Everyone seems to agree that this summer has gone by too quickly. And I agree with those who also say that time goes faster as you get older. Why is that?

At any rate, it has been a fun and busy summer. In addition to the reunions, birthday parties, and our Holmes County trip, I started several projects that are still in the works.

Last weekend I attended the 90th birthday party of Philip White. Family, friends, and neighbors filled Zion Chatt’s basement to congratulate and celebrate with Phil. He looked good and everyone enjoyed talking with him and visiting with each other.

Phil White, 90th Birthday party, 30 August 2014. (2014 photo by Karen)

Phil White, 90th Birthday party, 30 August 2014. (2014 photo by Karen)

I always enjoy visiting with Phil. He has a great memory and knows just about everyone in the area. He and his wife Helen Jean owned and operated White’s Engine Service for many years, where they sold lawnmowers and repaired all kinds of small engines. They could repair just about everything and they also enjoyed restoring Bantam cars.

Happy Birthday, Phil! And many more to come.

I have taken on a couple photo scanning projects this summer. I enjoy these projects because once the old photos are digitized they can be shared easily.

The scanning includes some of Velma Schumm’s old photos and the old photos of Edna and Viola Germann. Fortunately Velma meticulously labeled most of her photos, but the Germann sisters were not quite as dedicated to photo labeling. Names were written on just a few of their photos. But every little bit helps.

As I looked through the Germann photos I noticed the cabinet photo of a woman that is also in a group of photos that I have. Her photo is among my unidentified photos, from my grandma Schumm’s old album that contains Scaer and Schinnerer photos, and apparently some Schumm photos, too.

Rosina (Schumm) Germann (1868-1954). Mother of Edna and Viola Germann.

Rosina (Schumm) Germann (1868-1954). Mother of Edna and Viola Germann.

Edna and Viola labeled the above photo “Mother.” Their mother was Anna Elizabeth “Rosina” (Schumm) Germann (1868-1954), the daughter of Jacob Frederick and Maria (Germann) Schumm and wife of Stephen E. Germann.

Check. One photo identified. Thank you Edna and Viola.

There is also a connection between Velma Schumm and sisters Edna and Viola. [I know, I know–there is always a connection somewhere in the Schumm family…] The above “Rosina” (Schumm) Germann was the sister of Velma’s father Phillip. So Velma and the Germann sisters were first cousins. But they were also third cousins, depending on which common ancestors you look at. It’s complicated. And it is not surprising that there are a number of photos that are in both collections,since they share the same grandparents. That’s ok. I am just happy to have to opportunity to scan them.

Who knows what else I will learn as I scan and compare photos.

I was in Van Wert last week, browsing through some old issues of The Willshire Herald on microfilm. I found the obituary of Edward Kuehm, the subject of my Tombstone Tuesday a couple weeks ago. Edward died in an oil accident in Oklahoma in 1922. It was a challenge to find his wife’s maiden name since they were not married at Zion and she is not buried there, but her name is on the tombstone. Unfortunately his obituary did not mention his wife either, or his daughter.

Edward Kuehm confirmation photos, 1907.

Edward Kuehm confirmation photos, 1907.

Since most Karen’s Chatt readers probably don’t reread old posts I have inserted his obituary here and have added it to the original post, after the fact.

Ohio Man Drowned in Oklahoma Oil Tank
Relatives in the vicinity of Chattanooga last Saturday received a telegram informing them of the death of Ed Kuehm. He was drowned in a tank of oil at Yale, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 28, 1922. The tank deck gave away as he was walking across it, precipitating him into the tank filled with oil.

The remains were brought home for burial, the funeral taking place Wednesday forenoon from the German Lutheran church at Chattanooga, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Mr. Hoyer. Deceased was a world war veteran, and members of Homer Pierson Post attended the funeral, bestowing upon their departed comrade certain military rites under the auspices of the American Legion.

Mr. Kuehm, who is related to Mr. and Mrs. Gale Hook of this town, was well-known in the community south of town, and a number of years ago was employed by C.V. Fisher in the oil fields in the vicinity of Willshire and Chattanooga. [1]

Another project I recently started is to create a Roots Magic database of Zion Chatt members, starting when the church began in 1855. For this project I am using the church records as well as other sources. The Idea is to have a database, starting with the original church families, so I can easily see how many of those families are interconnected. As I write the Tombstone Tuesdays I am always amazed to see the family connections. Having the information in one database will be helpful and handy.

That sounds great, but this project is going to take a lot of time and research. The research from my past Tombstone Tuesdays will help construct the database. I expect that most of Chatt  and the surrounding area will be in the database by the time it is finished.

That pretty much sums up my summer. Now back to work…


[1] The Willshire Herald, Willshire, Ohio, 2 Nov 1922, p.1.

Sep 02

Tombstone Tuesday–Michael & Margaret (Kuehm) Schott

Michael & Margaret Schott, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Michael & Margaret Schott, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Michael and Margaretha (Kuehm) Schott, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:



According to Zion Chatt’s records Michael Schott was born in 28 October 1855 in Mercer County, Ohio. He was the son of Michael and Catharina (Brechheiser) Schott. His mother Catharina was born 10 November 1821 in Schwindratzheim, Elsass, the daughter of Georg and Barbara Brechheiser.

His parents were married in Elsass [France] in 1844 and had three children in Iffenheim, Elsass, before immigrating to America in 1855. They settled in Mercer County, Ohio, and Michael [Jr] was born in Washington Township later that same year. He was confirmed at Zion 1869.

Michael [Sr] died 25 March 1858 and his widow Catharine married Nicholas Martin 6 June 1861 in Mercer County. [1] Nicholas died 30 August 1879 [2] and Catharine married Johann Dietrich Sundmacher on 20 May 1880 in Mercer County. [3] Katherine died 10 November 1893 and is buried in Kessler’s Cemetery.

Margaretha “Margaret” Kuehm was born in 1855 in Schillersdorf, Elsass, the daughter of Michael and Elizabeth (Mueller) Kuhm. Their family immigrated in about 1872.

Michael Schott married Margaret Kuehm on 12 November 1874 at Zion Chatt. Witnesses to the ceremony were Jacob Kessler and Anna Drewes.

Michael and Margaretha Schott had the following children. All were baptized at Zion Chatt and all but Georg Ferdinand were confirmed there.

Georg Ferdinand (1876-1877)
Elisabeth Barbara (1878-1931), never married
August Michael (1879-1961), married Almeda M. Roehm
Friedrich William (1881-1936), married Wilhelmina “Minnie” Emerich
Maria “Mary” Katharina (1886-1918), married William Laderman
Lorina “Laura” Barbara (1888-1943), married Frank Swander
Walter “Albert” Jakob (1893-aft. 1942), never married?
Margaretha “Maggie” Olga (1895-1979), married Otto Bollenbacher

Michael Schott died 20 January 1940 at the age of 84 years, 2 months, and 23 days. His widow Margaretha (Kuehm) Schott passed away on 13 August 1942, at the age of 87 years, 3 months, and 18 days.

Their lengthy obituaries are below:

Funeral for Aged Man Held Monday
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Zion’s Lutheran Church in Chattanooga for the late Michael Schott of Liberty township. The pastor, Rev. Carl Yahl, was in charge of the last sad rites, and burial was made in the church cemetery.

The obituary read at the funeral was as follows:

Michael Schott, son of Michael Schott and Catherine nee Brechheiser, was born October 28, 1855, in Washington township, Mercer county, Ohio.

At an early age he moved to Liberty township, Mercer county, Ohio, where he spent, with the exception of a year or so when he lived in Fort Wayne and Adams county, Ind., the rest of his life. For the last five years, he and his life companion to whom he had been married for over sixty-five years, lived with his son-in-law and daughter who tenderly nursed him in his last illness, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Bollenbacher. He was privileged to end his days on the farm which had been the family homestead for many years.

Baptized at an early age by the Rev. Locker, he was confirmed at the age of 14 in the Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, Ohio, by the Rev. Geo. Heintz.

On November 12, 1874, he was married to Margaret Kuehm, who is still living, with whom he was privileged to celebrate a fiftieth and sixtieth wedding anniversary. This union was blessed with a number of children.

Those living are: August Schott, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Mrs. Frank Swander, Auburn, Ind.; Albert Schott, Auburn, Ind.; Mrs. Otto Bollenbacher, Liberty township, Mercer county, O. The children who preceded their father are: George Ferdinand, Mary Ladderman, Elizabeth Schott and Frederick Schott.

Twenty-eight grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren mourn his departure.

Mr. Schott was preceded into eternity by his parents, one brother and two sisters: Jacob Schott, Mrs. Mary Martin and Mrs. Barbara Huffman. He was the last one of the family.

From the time when he was confirmed, he remained a faithful and esteemed member of Zion Lutheran congregation. For many years, he served on the church council, at one time for eleven consecutive years. He sang in the choir and at all times took an interest in the work of the church. He was one of the oldest members of the congregation.

He engaged in farming practically all of his life. He will be remembered for his kind and jovial disposition and friendliness. He is remembered and esteemed by many.

His sickness began with an infection of the brain followed by pneumonia. He was called home early Saturday morning, Jan. 20, 1940, at 12:35, at the age of 84 years, 2 months and 23 days. [4]

Aged Chattanooga Lady Dies Thursday
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Zion Lutheran church at Chattanooga for Mrs. Margaretha Schott, who passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Otto Bollenbacher, Thursday, August 13. Interment was made in the church cemetery, nearby, in charge of S.S. Buchanan and Son, Willshire morticians. The services were conducted by Rev. Carl Yahl, who read the following obituary:

Margaretha Kuehm Schott was born April 26, 1855, in Schillersdorf, Elsass Lorain. She was the daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Mueller Kuehm and migrated with her parents to America in 1872, settling in Adams county, Ind.

On November 12, 1874, she was married to Michael Schott by Pastor Philip Schmidt. She and her husband moved to Ohio, where they lived together for 65 years in the vicinity where both passed away. Mr. Schott died January 20, 1940.

Of the children born to this union, four are still living. They are: August M. Schott, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Mrs. Frank Swander, Auburn, Ind.; Albert Schott, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Mrs. Otto Bollenbacher, near Chattanooga, O. The children who have passed away are: George Schott, Elizabeth Schott, Mrs. Mary Laderman and Frederic W. Schott. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Five great grandchildren are deceased.

Grandmother Schott came from a family of eight children. Of her brothers and sisters, two are still living. They are: Michael Kuehm, Elkhart, Ind., and Katherine Huser, Mars, Pa. Those who are deceased are: George Kuehm, Jacob Kuehm, Mrs. Mary Berron, Mrs. Barbara Pfeifer and Lena Kuehm.

Mrs. Schott was baptized in infancy and confirmed in the Lutheran church of the land of her birth. After coming to this country, she united with the Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, Ohio, remaining a member until the day of her death. For a number of years she did not attend regularly because of physical infirmities. Several years ago she was made an honorary member of the Ladies’ Aid and Missionary Society. Before her decease, she was the oldest living member of the congregation.

It can be well said of her that she was of a friendly disposition. A person well thought of by those who knew her.

Four weeks ago, she took to her bed due to complications and old age. During the time of her last illness, she was patiently and tenderly cared for by her daughter, Mrs. Otto Bollenbacher, with whom she had made her home for a number of years. Death came at three o’clock in the morning on Thursday, August 13, 1942, at the age of 87 years, 3 months and 18 days. [5]


[1] “Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1958,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 1 September 2014), Nicholas Maratain and Catherine Schott, 6 June 1861; citing Mercer, Ohio, Vol. 3, p. 6, from FHL microfilm 0914956.

[2] “Ohio, Deaths and burials, 1854-1997,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 1 September 2014), Nicholis Martin, 30 August 1879; citing Mercer County, Ohio, Vol. 1, p.124, from FHL microfilm 914954.

[3] “Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1958,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 1 September 2014), John D. Sundmacher and Catharine Martin, 20 May 1880; citing Mercer, Ohio, Vol. 4, p. 165, from FHL microfilm 914956.

[4] The Willshire Herald, Willshire, Ohio, 25 January 1940, p. 1,7.

[5] The Willshire Herald,Willshire, Ohio, 20 August 1942, p. 1,2.

Aug 29

Day Books and Hucksters

The last couple weeks I have been writing about some old ledger books from Chattanooga’s general stores, from 1913-1923. The oldest ledger was from Merkle & Egger’s store and the other two ledgers were from Vining & Dull’s store.

The books had been stored in the attic of the Glenn Miller home in Chatt for nearly 100 years. That home was originally built by store owner Clarence Vining in 1921, which is probably how the attic became home to the books for all those years.

In addition to the three ledger books there were four old Day Books from that same era, also stored away in the Miller attic. While the ledger books listed the accounts of the store patrons, the Day Books recorded what the shoppers actually bought with prices. The Day Books cover the years 1917-22.

1917-19 Day Book, Chattanooga, Ohio.

1917-19 Day Book, Chattanooga, Ohio.

I am not certain where the Day Books were actually used. Whether they were used in the store or on the store’s huckster wagon. Yes, these stores had a huckster wagon, like the wagon used by Merkle & Egger.

Merkle & Egger, Chattanooga, Ohio. (photo courtesy of Doug Roebuck)

Merkle & Egger, Chattanooga, Ohio. (photo courtesy of Doug Roebuck)

What was a huckster? A huckster was a person who sold food and small articles door-to-door. The Chatt hucksters were traveling salesmen who brought items from the general store to customers on a regular basis. It was literally a traveling grocery and general store wagon.

From the 19-teens through the Great Depression hucksters traveled door-to-door in horse-drawn wagons and later in motorized trucks. They traveled their specific route every week or two.

Hucksters carried a wide variety of items for sale and trade in their wagons. They carried food, small household items, yard goods, and sewing notions. They had staples such as coffee, sugar, salt, pepper, and spices. Since most of the family’s food came from the farm or was made at home, items like store bought cookies and bread were a luxury and a treat.

The farmer could also trade items with the huckster. The huckster would take the farmer’s homegrown items such as eggs, cheese, and even live chickens in trade. Hucksters carried empty crates and containers to hold and transport the farmer’s trade items. During the Great Depression my grandmother Gertrude Miller was allowed 5 cents a dozen for her eggs in trade.

My dad used to talk about the huckster who came to the farm and said it was quite an event for them. The children would eagerly anticipate the huckster’s arrival while the housewives enjoyed the convenience.

Dorothy Jean (Leininger) Hellwarth said that she always looked forward to getting bologna from the huckster. Her father, Ted Leininger, drove a huckster wagon when he was a young single man. One of the Day Books mentions that Ted stopped driving the huckster wagon in 1917. Ted was also Catherine Miller’s father and Jerry Miller’s grandfather.

1917-19 Day Book.

1917-19 Day Book.

It was during Ted Leininger’s huckster days that he met his future bride, Carrie Becher. Before they were married Carrie Becher and Ted Leininger both worked for Clarence Vining, the general store owner in Chatt. Carrie did housework for the Vinings and Ted drove their huckster wagon. And that is how Ted and Carrie met. They married in 1919 and Ted farmed after that.

Carrie (Becher) & Ted Leininger, 1943.

Carrie (Becher) & Ted Leininger, 1943.

These Day Books span the years 1917-22. I showed them to Dorothy Jean and after looking through them we believe they are the old huckster books used by Vining & Dull. Dull also owned and operated a creamery in Chatt at one time.

Another thing that makes me think these books were carried on the huckster wagon is that “purchased at store” was written next to some of the lists. I could tell by the names that customers lived in neighboring Adams County, Indiana, as well as Ohio.

Folks pretty much purchased the necessities from the huckster. Items regularly purchased were vinegar, oil, coffee,  tobacco (popular item), syrup, rice, sugar, crackers, salmon, matches, tablets, pencils, yeast, lids, overalls, shirting, and thread. I wonder how the salmon was sold. Was it canned?

Other items purchased, but not quite as often, were peanut butter, lemons, oysters, pineapple, catchup, postum, kraut, lye, pineapple, peaches, cocoa, socks, shirts, clasp, stove polish, and brooms.

Even in those days people purchased Grape Nuts, Cracker Jack, and Toasties, brand names we still use today.

Evidently flies were a big problem because they sold a lot of “swatters” and fly powder.

Entries of interest to me from the 1917-19 Day Book are Phil Brewster, my great-grandfather, and Love Brewster, Phil’s stepmother and second wife of Phil’s father Daniel.


1919-20 Day Book entry for Philip Brewster.

1919-20 Day Book entry for Philip Brewster.

Below are just a few of the entries from the Day Books:

On 8 August 1917 Mrs. Evans purchased tobacco, thread, cocoa, percale, oil, sugar, vinegar, coffee, oats and baking powder, totaling $1.71. On the same day May Ketcham purchased Grape Nuts and William Kuhn purchased some ric-rac.

Looking through the books I could not help notice that Fred Wick, William Kuhn, and William Detro were very regular (and good) customers. They may have in fact been their best customers. They purchased a lot. And often. Perhaps they had large families.

Fred Wick, 1921-22 Day Book.

Fred Wick, 1921-22 Day Book.

On 16 July 1920 Fred Wick purchased tobacco, socks, candy, shirts, butter, cookies, matches, strings, stove polish, soap, salt, beans, sugar, bread, cotton, needle, coffee, syrup, flour, thread, and lids, for a grand total of $13.89.

On the same day Willis Breubaker purchased oil, tomatoes, salmon, hominy, meal, matches, rice, sugar, Cracker Jack, cookies, Toasties, and syrup.

On 12 July Joe Humbert purchased oil, filler, shirt, salt, tapioca, lemon, kraut, raisins, beans, hose, oranges, and a swatter.

On 24 December 1920 my grandfather Carl Miller paid his 22 cent grocery balance.

On 31 December 1920 Philip Brewster purchased oil, sugar, coffee, syrup, cleanser, lye, matches, and thread.

On 11 June 1921 Dewey Carr purchased flour, Vicks salve, sugar, bread, rice, lima beans, kidney beans, and hominy, totaling $3.93.

Fred Wick, 10 June 1921: polish, overalls, netting, sugar, syrup, beans, chicken feed, flour, fly powder, bread, oats, thread, candy, shirting, tacks, soda, socks, and salt; 29 July 1921: candy, mustard, goods, crackers, mat, bread, soap, vinegar, comb, pins, strings, oats, and flour; 10 February 1922: candy, sugar, bread, salt, meal, buck wheat, cookies, thread, flour, corn cake, mustard, starch, ribbon, and crochet cotton.


Fred "Deaner" & Gust Fickert, 1919-20 Day Book.

Fred “Deaner” & Gust Fickert, 1919-20 Day Book.

Howard Caffee paid his 25 cent balance on 5 October 1921.

Some of the hucksters from Chatt were Ted Leininger, Semon Egger, and Elmer Baker. These books are interesting, whether they used them on the huckster wagons or not.

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