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1866 PEORIA ILLINOIS Miner TAVERN LEDGER Coal Mining ALCOHOL Tobacco GAMBLING
Peoria, IL: YOU ARE BIDDING ON A RARE PIECE OF AMERICAN and PENNSYLVANIA HISTORY BEING A SCARCE 1866-1868 HANDWRITTEN LEDGER FROM PEORIA, ILLINOIS KEPT BY ADAM SHOLL (1819-) AND HIS SONS HENRY, ADAM AND JOSEPH, WHO RAN A TAVERN AND MINING PROVISION POST WITH FANTASTIC CONTENT SPANNING THE RECONSTRUCTION ERA AND SHINING A PICTURE OF EARLY PEORIA'S BOOMING MINING INDUSTRY --- THIS FASCINATING PIECE OF HISTORY INCLUDES ENTRIES THAT PAINT THE LIFE OF AN EARLY MIDWESTERN MINER, FROM CONSTANTLY BUYING PINTS, QUARTS, GLASSES, GALLONS AND EVEN BARRELS OF WHISKEY, WINE, BEER, TEA, COFFEE, AND EVEN PLAYING CARDS TO PASS THE TIME, FROM THE SCHOLL POST, AS WELL AS MINING SUPPLIES SUCH AS DIGGING LAMPS, COAL SHOVELS, PICKS, BARRELS, LANTERNS, KEGS OF BLASTING POWDER, BLASTING PAPER AND MORE. OF COURSE, PROVISIONS WERE NEEDED AND HE SOLD THEM FOOD IN VARIOUS FORMS AS WELL, AND INTERESTINGLY, THE SCHOLLS ACCEPTED OIL AND COAL IN TRADE OR FOR CREDIT. CONDITION: AS SHOWN, ORIGINAL LEATHERBOUND LEDGER BOUND IN REVERSE CALF LEATHER, THE SPINE A LITTLE RAGGED WITH RAISED BANDS AND LOSSES, BUT THE LEDGER IN ONE PIECE. THE ENTRIES SPAN OVER 400 PAGES; THE PAGES WITHIN ARE FITTINGLY DARKENED FROM THE COAL AND OIL STAINED FINGERS OF THE FAMILY, AND THE LEDGER HAS AN ALMOST PLEASANT ANTIQUE ODOR, BUT THERE IS NO MOLD OR ANYTHING DEBILITATING. THE SHOLL FAMILY HAS SIGNED THE PASTEDOWNS. MEASURES 12.75" X 8.5". GOOD LUCK!
Antiquar: ElevenElevenBooks Inc (mantosilver) [Spencerport, New York, US]
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