The text of the 1863-1864 memoranda book of storekeeper Abram I. Quackenbush was sent in to us by his great-grandson Stephen J. Feit, owner of the original notebook. Stephen saw Abram and his wife Hellen listed in the 1869 directory of Minden as running a bakery on Main Street in Fort Plain. In addition to baked goods, the records below show they also sold soda, seasonal fruits and vegetables, candy, dried nuts, cigars and sundries, and the occasional beer or shot of whiskey. It becomes evident that Abram I. Quackenbush, who would let customers run a tab for months on end, was a man with a big heart.

In reading through Abram's accounts of who he gave credit to, we see he had his share of regulars, some who may have been other business owners, such as restauranteurs and saloon keepers. Perhaps a few were local characters who dropped in more to socialize with the Quackenbush's. Are those pillars of the community sneaking a drink behind the wife's back? A few people, such as Dr. Ayres, had extensive credit; children running errands or picking up treats were allowed to "charge". Abram was not above charging some people different prices for the same items, or should I say, giving some people a break.

This now precious record book is important as it names some of the names you all are looking for, shows seasonality of local produce and what things cost in general, mentions items that are less common today. If you follow individuals when reading through the months you can conjecture stories of what they did for a living, how they tried to make ends meet, see their hidden vices, guess who had a sweet tooth. Did the Duncan boy suddenly pay off his account before enlisting in the war? Did Menzo Ehle buy everyone a round on the Christmas day Abram stayed open for business - or did Abram assist him home? Did Fullerton the Dummy know what they really called him? Building stories around the names on the pages - that pretty much sums up how a record such as this can help us in fleshing out our ancestors' lives.

Abram I. Quackenbush's accounting of customer credit has been broken into two parts. Part 1 covers the months of July through November 1863. At the bottom of this page is Stephen Feit's letter to all of us in which he contributes to the Montgomery County half of this site this document of his ancestor's and Abram's customers' lives. Stephen, thank you.




A. I. Quackenbush's

Memoranda Book

July 4th 1863



July 4th:
J. W. Suits; cash 2.00; paid July 11th, 1863

July 10th:
Duncan boy; candy and oranges; .13
Brom Philips; 3 sodas .15, 8 sodas on the old book .40; paid July 11th, 1863
Chauncey Sponable; 1 soda .05
Fred Simms; 4 cigars .20; paid July 11th

July 11th:
Duncan boy; 1 cup pea nuts .04; whole amount 17; 1 cup pea nuts of wife .04

July 13th:
Bennett the Stove Pedlar; 1 soda .05; 1 soda .05; paid July 13th, 1863

July 14th:
Duncan boy; 1 lemon .03; whole amount .24

July 15th:
Andrew Henniker; 2 cigars .10; paid July 18th
Tedi Mosher; sundries .15; paid July 17th

July 16th:
Duncan boy; by cash 1.50; due to date .07; 1 piece of pine apple, 3 cakes .06

July 17th:
John Wendell; 2 cigars .10; paid July 20th

July 19th:
Charley Jackson; sundries .16

July 20th:
Menzo Ehle; 1 cup pea nuts .04
Duncan boy; 1/4 lb Madiera nuts .05, pea nuts 1/2 cup .02

July 21st:
Duncan boy; 3 cakes .03; paid July 22nd
Ed Croning; sundries .45
Tedi Mosher; 1 soda .05, 6 cigars .30, 2 cakes .02
Brom Philips; sundries .27

July 22nd:
Menzo Ehle; 1 soda .05
Duncan boy; 1 cake fig rasb .05
Mabee; 1 cigar .05, 12 cigars .65
Jim Van Epps; 2 rye whis .10; paid July 25
Brom Philips; 13 cigars .65; total .92
Tedi Mosher; 6 cigars .30; total .67
Lathrop at Austin's; 6 cigars; paid July 23
Tedi Mosher; 6 cigars, 2 cakes .32; total .99

July 23rd:
Duncan boy; 1/2 lb. Madeira nuts .10; total .15; 1/2 c. pea nuts .02
L. E. Ransom; 2 lemonades .10, from old book 1.75; total 1.85; credit by cash .10
Lathrop at Austin's; 3 cigars .15; paid July 24th

July 24th:
Menzo Ehle; 4 cakes .04; total .09
Tedi Mosher; 1 soda .05; total 1.04
Brom Philips; 2 sodas, 1 brandy .20; total 1.12

July 25th:
Menzo Ehle; 1 soda .05; total .14
Sol Bowen; 2 doz. lemons .75; paid Aug. 16, 1863
Fred Simms; 2 cups filberts .10
Menzo Ehle; 1/2 cup p. nuts .02; total .14; paid July 29th

July 30th:
Ed Croning; 4 beers .20; total .65
George Lintner; 2 whis .08
Tedi Mosher; 2 soda .10; total 1.14

July 31st:
Brom Philips; 3 sodas .15; total 1.27

August 1st:
Tedi Mosher; 1/4 lb. S S almonds .08; total 1.22
Duncan boy; 1 cup of almonds .06, total .23; 4 cakes .04, candy .03
Mabee; 2 sodas .10, 2 sodas .10; total .70
Hi Swan; 1 soda .05

August 3rd:
Duncan boy; nuts, candy and cakes .11; total .41; 2 cakes .02

August 4th:
Duncan boy; candy and cakes .05
Menzo Ehle; 1 whis, 1 cake .05 Duncan boy; total .48; 1/4 lb nuts .05
John H. Babcock; 4 quarts whortleberries .40; total 2.36
Doct. Ayres; 1 quart whortleberries .10; total 3.89
Al Dolan; 12 cakes .12
Charley Jackson; bal. on hat .75, tomatoes .12; credit by cash 1.00; total 16

August 6th:
Irish Tailor works for (Kel & Wal?); 1 brandy, 1/2 pint rye whis .16 (Note: this is Keller & Walrath, merchant tailors)
Duncan boy; 1 cup filberts, 1 cake .06; total .59
George Lintner; 1 whiskey .04; total .12
Hi Swan; 1 beer .05
Mrs. J. A. Walrath; 2 quarts huckleberries .20, 1 soda, 3 corn balls .08
Duncan boy; candy .06; total .65; paid August 12th, 1863; candy and soda .21

August 8th:
George Lintner; 1 whiskey .04; total .16 Mrs. Gould; 1 doz. cakes .10
Lawyer Ayres; 1 quart huckleberries .10
Mrs. Alfred J. Wagner; 2 quarts huckleberries .20; paid
Charley Jackson; bal. on doz. cakes .07; total .10

August 10th:
Ed Croning; 1 brandy, 2 whis .18
Menzo Ehle; 1 soda .05; total .10
Wm. Cuning; 1 soda .05
Burt Ayres; 1/4 lb. Brazil nuts .05

August 11th:
L. E. Ransom; total 1.75; 2 quarts huckleberries .20
Menzo Ehle; cake .06; total 16; 1 whis., 1 cake .15; total .21; 1 rye whis .05; credit by cash 1.00; 1 soda .05; paid Aug. 15, 1863
George Lintner; 1 whiskey; total .16
Brom Philips; 2 sodas, 2 cakes .12; total 1.39

August 13th:
Doct. Ayres; 2 quarts huckleberries .25, 2 quarts huckleberries .25; total 4.59

August 14th:
Pat O Conner; 1 quart huckleberries .10; cr. by cash 5cts.
Duncan boy; 3 peaches, 2 apple .15
Tedi Mosher; apples and peaches .05; total 1.27
Mrs. Gould; 2 doz. cakes .20; paid Aug. 15th
Ed Croning; 1 beer .05; total .23
Abram Nellis; 1/2 bush huckleberries 1.63

August 15th:
D. C. Gibson; 5 quarts huckleberries .50

August 17th:
G. G. Nellis; 1/4 bush sweet apples .20
Duncan boy; 1 orange .06
C. W. Webster; 2 doz. cookies .20

August 18th:
Michael Galvin; 1 doz lemons .60; from old book .43
Menzo Ehle; 2 bottles pop .10
Ed Croning; 2 brandies .20; total .43

August 19th:
Mabee; 5 cigars .25; total 1.15
Ed Croning; 1 brandy .10; total .53
Charley Jackson; .10; 2 candies .02
Duncan boy; 1 cup p. nuts .05; total .16
Sol Keller; 12 peaches .36

August 20th:
Duncan boy; 2 peaches .03; total .19; 6 peaches, 2 pears .11
Menzo Ehle; .17; 1 whis. and peaches .10, .04
J. H. Babcock; 2 doz. cakes .20; total 2.56
Duncan boy; .30; peaches .06
Brom Philips; peaches .08; total 1.48; settled and paid March 9th, 1864
Elisha Hoke; sundries .21
Menzo Ehle; peaches and candy .06; total .37; 2 peaches .03

August 21st:
Duncan boy; peaches and pears .08; total .44
Jim Howe; peaches .25
Ira Hadley; from old book .57; 1/2 doz. bottles (quart) .42
Jasper Wack; 1 doz. cakes .10

August 22nd:
Duncan boy; 2 pears .02; .44
Jim Howe; 4 peaches .16
Jacob Sparks; 4 lemons .28
Menzo Ehle; 1 plate oysters and sundries .20

August 24th:
Peter Moyer; 2 cups p. nuts .08
Duncan boy; 1 oz. cream candy .03; total .49; 1 orange .03

August 25th:
J. W. Suits; to cash 1.00
Duncan boy; 4 plumbs, 2 apples .06; total .58

August 26th:
Duncan boy; 8 plumbs .08
Pat O Conner; 3 brandies, 1 cigar .35
Menzo Ehle; plumbs and cake .03; .20

August 27th:
Menzo Ehle; cr. by cash .15
Duncan boy; 1 nutmeg melon .12; total .78
Tedi Mosher; 1 stick pea nut candy .05; total 1.32; paid Oct. 10th
J. H. Babcock; 2 quarts plumbs .25; total 2.81
J. W. Suits; 3 doz. cakes .30; 1 doz. by little girl .10
Doct. Ayres; 7 peaches by wife .21; total 4.59

August 28th:
Oliver Fox; 3 doz. peaches .56, 2 beers .10
J. W. Suits; 1 doz. cookies by girl .10; total .50
Jacob Wendell; to cash .25

August 29th:
Duncan boy; 2 apples .02; total .80
Harvey Wick; 1/4 bush pie apples .15
Oliver Fox; 1 plate oysters .15; total .81
Duncan boy; 2 peaches, 3 apples .05; total .85
J. H. Babcock; 8 peaches, 6 apples.18; total 2.99
Mrs. Gould; 1 lb. fruit cake .31
Wm. Coppernoll; to cash 5.00

August 30th:
J. W. Suits; Amt brot. over .50; 1 lb. crackers by Johnny .10
Menzo Ehle; 1 cup peanuts and sundries .08
Elisha Hoke; cigar and sundries .15
Menzo Ehle; candy and peaches .07; total .15
Duncan boy; peaches and apples .14; total .99
Cooper; 2 1/2 doz. cakes, 1 whis .29
Ira Hadley; 1 1/2 doz. cakes by wife .15; total 1.14; Oct. 16th cr. by cash 57c
Menzo Ehle; sundries .13; total .28

Sept. 1st:
Duncan boy; 3 peaches, 1 apples .04; total 1.03
George Lintner; 1 whiskey .04; total .24
Tommy Countryman; 2 whis, 2 apples .10; 1 whiskey .04
Duncan boy; 5 peaches .05; total 1.08

Sept. 2nd:
J. W. Suits; 1 doz. cookies by children .10
Jasper Wack; 1 1/2 doz. cakes .15
Elisha Hoke; 1 beer .05; 1 beer .05; total .25
Menzo Ehle; 1 soda .05; sundries .05; total .38
Duncan boy; bal. on melon .06; total 1.14; candy, apples and melons .14; total 1.28
Elisha Hoke; 1 beer .05; total .30

Sept. 3rd:
Henry Flagg; 1/4 bush plumbs 1.00
Duncan boy; 10 plumbs .10; total 1.38
Stephen D. La Rue; to cash 3.00

Sept. 4th:
Duncan boy; 11 plumbs .11; total 1.49
Old Gifford; 1/4 bush apples to be charged to W. Wright .13
Duncan boy; 1 piece melon .05; total 1.54; 1 apple, 1 cake .02
J. W. Suits; 1 doz. cake by little girl .10; total .20
J. H. Babcock; 6 apples .06; total 2.89
Duncan boy; 2 cakes .02; total 1.58
Elisha Hoke; 1 gin, 3 cakes .09; total .39
J. W. Suits; 1 lemon, 1 rum .12; total .32
Jasper Wack; 1 doz. cake .10; total .25
Duncan boy; 7 pears .07; total 1.65; paid Sept. 7th 1863

Sept. 5th:
Elisha Hoke; sundries .11; total .50

Sept. 7th:
Elisha Hoke; 1 beer .05
Mrs. P. J. Wagner; 2 lb. fruit cake .65, 2 loaves fruit p. cake .75, 3 doz. frosted thimble cake .30
Brom Diefendorf; 4 sodas .20
Jasper Wack; 1 doz. cakes .10
Menzo Ehle; 1 cup p. nuts .04; total .42 Peter Moyer; 2 cigars .10
Elisha Hoke; brot. over .55; 2 beers .10

Sept. 8th:
Elisha Hoke; 2 peaches, 2 apples .10
Peter Moyer; .24; 6 peaches .10

Sept. 9th:
Elisha Hoke; 1 peach .03; total .78
Duncan boy; 10 peaches .30
J. H. Babcock; 8 peaches .24; total 3.11; 1/4 bush pears .31; total 3.42
George Wood; 1 lb fancy candy .44
Duncan boy; 3 peaches, 1 pear .08; total .38

Sept. 10th:
Mr. Gould; 1/4 bush pears .31, 1/4 bush pears .50, 1/8 bush plumbs .50, 1/8 bush plumbs .50, 1/8 bush plumbs .44; total 2.25; paid
Hi Swan; 1 lb. crackers .10
Charley Jackson; 1 lb crackers .10, 1 doz. cakes .10

Sept. 11th:
Jacob B. Flint; 1/4 bush plumbs .88, 1 lemon .08; acct. from Old Book 2.48; total 3.44
Mabee; 5 cigars .25; total 1.40
Elisha Hoke; 1 beer, 1 peach, 1 c. p. nuts .11; total .89; 1 plumb .01, 1 cigar .05; total .95
Wm. I. Dillenback; 1/4 bush plumbs .88

Sept. 12th:
Duncan boy; peaches and pears .10; total .48; 1 melon .38; total .86
J. W. Suits; 1 doz cakes .10
Miss Perine; 1/2 bush plumbs 1.00

Sept. 14th:
J. H. Babcock; 1/8 bush peaches .50; total 3.92
Elisha Hoke; 1 plate oysters .15; total 1.15; Feby 2nd cr. by cash 1.00
J. H. Babcock; 1/4 bush s. potatoes .63; total 4.55
Mr. Gould the Tailor; 1 loaf fruit pound cake .38
Mrs. Herman Babcock; 2 doz. cake .20, 1 loaf fruit p. cake .38
D. C. Gibson; Bal due on melons 121c
J. W. Suits; to cash .10, 1 doz. cakes .10, 1 piece watermelon .05; total .25; page 28 .10; total .35; 1 lb. crackers .10

Sept. 15th:
L.E. Ransom; 2 lemons .16; total 2.11

Sept. 17th:
J. H. Babcock; 1/4 bush s. potatoes .63, 1 doz. apples .12; total 5.30 Duncan boy; sundries .14; total 1.00; apples and cake .06

Sept.19th:
Mrs. Norman Sholl; 1 doz. cakes .10

Sept. 21:
Duncan boy; sundries .08; total 1.14; 1 apples, 1 cake .02, gum drops .05, 2 apples .02; total 1.23

Sept. 22:
Norman Shull; 1 can oysters .38; total .48

Sept. 23rd:
Duncan boy; 1 apple, 2 candies .03; total 1.26
Jasper Wack; 1 1/2 doz cakes .15
Mrs. Herman Babcock; 2 doz. cakes .20, candy and apples .05
Miss Fullerton; 1 doz cakes, 2 lb. crackers .30
Mrs. Herman Babcock; 1/4 bushel sweet potatoes .63; total .88

Sept. 24th:
Guilford Hawn; 6 cans oysters 2.10

Sept. 25th:
Chas. Webster; 1/4 bush sweet potatoes .63
Asa Gould the Tailor; apples and sweet potatoes .36

Sept. 26th:
J. H. Babcock; 1/8 bush s. potatoes .31; total 5.61

Sept. 28th:
Duncan boy; 4 cakes .04; total 1.30
Miss Mary Adams; 19 cakes .16
Mrs. Norman Shull; 3 doz cakes .30; total .78
Jacob Vosburgh Saloon Keeper; 4 cans oysters 1.40
Jasper Wack; 1 lb crackers .10; total .25

Sept. 29th:
Jacob Vosburgh Saloon Keeper; 6 cans oysters 2.10; 1.40; total 3.50

Sept. 30th:
Duncan boy; 2 lb grapes .40; total 1.70
J. O. Diefendorf; 2 cans oysters .70
Duncan boy; 1 1/2 lbs grapes .30, 5 cakes .05; 1.70; total 2.05; 2 molasses cocoa cakes .02
Mrs. Norman Shull; 1 doz molasses cakes .10; total .88
Duncan boy; 1 lb grapes .20; total 2.27
Doct. Ayres; amt. brot. over 4.59; 1/4 bush peaches 1.38; total 5.97
Mrs. Robt. B. (R.?) Adams; 1 doz cake .10
Mrs. Gould; 1 doz cake .10

Oct. 1st:
Duncan boy; 1 lb grapes .20; total 2.47; 1/2 lb grapes .10, 2 peaches .03

Oct. 2nd:
Duncan boy; 1/2 lb grapes .10, 3 peaches .06, 2 cakes .02; total 2.78
Mrs. Gould; 1/4 bush S potatoes, .63
Duncan boy; 1 lb grapes, 6 peaches .26; total 3.04

Oct. 3rd:
Wm. Coppernoll; 1/2 lb grapes .10
Jacob Vosburgh; 4 cans oysters by Linney 1.40; 6 cans oysters by Nor. Philips 2.10; paid Oct. 5
Jasper Wack; 1 doz cake .10
Duncan boy; 1 lb grapes .20; total 3.24 Miss Perrine; 2 quarts ale .25, 1/8 bush apples .09, 1 lb crackers .10, 2 melons .10; total .54; paid Oct. 5th
Mrs. Ward across Canal; 1 can oysters .38

Oct. 5th:
Mrs. Norman Babcock; 1 1/2 doz cakes .15; total 1.03
Duncan boy; 1 lb grapes .20; total 3.44
Mrs. Matthewson; 1/2 lb grapes .10
Joe Howard; 1/2 lb grapes .10
Duncan boy; 1/2 lb grapes, candy, &c .13; total 3.57; Oct. 12th cr by cash $3.00
J. H. Babcock; 1/4 bush S potatoes .63; total 6.24

Oct. 6th:
Byron Diefendorf; 1 cup chestnuts .05
J. W. Suits; 1 doz cakes .10; total .55

Oct. 7th:
Mrs. Norman Shull; 3 doz cakes .30; total 1.18

Oct. 8th:
Mrs. Ira Hadley; 1 doz cakes by little girl .10; total 1.18; cr by cash .57

Oct. 9th:
Mrs. Ira Hadley; cr by cash 1.00
Stephen D. Rue; to cash 4.00
J. W. Suits; 1 doz cakes by boy .10; total .65; Bal on cakes .02
Andrew Henniker; 2 doz cake .20
Charley Wagner; candy and cigars .19

Oct. 10th:
Jacob Vosburgh; 8 cans oysters 2.80
Wm. Doner (Dones?); oysters .41
Jacob Vosburgh; 5 cans oysters 1.75; total 4.55
J. W. Suits; 1 doz cookies .10; total .77
Nelson Wentworth; 2 plates oysters .30, 4 whiskies .16; total .46
Jasper Wack; 1 1/2 doz cake .15

Oct. 12th:
Stephen D. Rue; to cash 2.00
Duncan boy; 3 oz. grapes .03, cocoa nut cakes .03; total .63; paid to date Oct. 20th
Charley Wagner; 5 cakes .05; total .24

Oct. 13th:
Guilford Hawn; 5 cans oysters 1.75
Mrs. Norman Shull; 2 dozen cakes .20
Mrs. Henry Casler; 1 doz peaches .18, 1 load p. fruit cake .31
Charley Wagner; 8 cakes .08; total .32
Nelson Wentworth; 1 Old Rye .05; total .51

Oct. 14th:
Jacob Vosburgh; 4 cans oysters by Clipper 1.40

Oct. 15th:
Guilford Hawn; 5 cans oysters 1.75; total 3.50
Mrs. Robert Shearer; 2 lb grapes .32
Mrs. Herman Babcock; 1 lb grapes by girl .16; page 37 1.03; total 1.19
Mrs. Henry Casler; to cake 1 1/2, 2/6 (?) .46; 1 1/2 doz cookies .25; page 41 .49; total 1.20

Oct. 16th:
Allpaugh the Cooper; sundries .16
Charley Wagner; 1 cigar .05; page 41 .32; total .37

Oct. 17th:
Mrs. Herman Babcock; 1 doz cakes by girl .10; total 1.29

Oct. 19th:
Nelson Wentworth; .51; 1 Rye whis .05

Oct. 20th:
Jacob Vosburgh; 4 cans oysters 1.40, 2 cans oysters .70
Mrs. Herman Babcock; 1 doz molasses cookies by girl .10; page 42 1.29; total 1.39
Nelson Wentworth; 1 Old Rye .05; total .61
Jasper Wack; 1 doz cakes .10

Oct. 21st:
Duncan boy; 1 cup chestnuts .05
Mrs. Charity Smith Cooper's wife; 1 can oysters .38
Jacob Vosburgh; 7 cans oysters 2.45; page 43 2.10; total 4.55

Oct. 23rd:
Dan of Van Camp; 5 doz cookies .50, 3 13/16 lb. almond cake 1.19
J. W. Suits; to cash .50; page 39 .77; total 1.27; cr by cash .50; due .77
John F. Dolan; 2 cans oysters .70
Nelson Wentworth; 1 Rye whis .05; page 43 .61; total .65

Oct. 24th:
Charley Wagner; 1 cigar .05; page 42 .37; 1 cigar, 1 beer .10; page 44 .52; 1 doz cake .10; total .62
Jasper Wack; 1 doz cake .10

Oct. 26th:
Mrs. Henry Casler; 1 loaf gold cake .15, 2 doz cookies .20, 3 cups chessnuts .15; page 42 1.20; total 1.70
Hi Swan; 1 can oysters .38

Oct. 27th:
J. W. Suits; 1 doz cookies .10; page 44 .77; total .87
Charley Wagner; 2 cigars .10; page 45 .62; total .72; 1 cigar .05

Oct. 28th:
Ed Adams; sundires .10
Chris Kelsey; 5 cans oysters 1.75
Mrs. Norman Shull; 2 doz cakes by boy .20

Oct. 29th:
Asa Gould; 1/4 bush apples .15; page 32 .36; 1 basket .18; total .69
Mrs. Norman Babcock; 13 oz fruit cake by girl .26, 1 doz Shrewsbury .10; page 43 1.39; total 1.75
Charley Wagner; 2 cigars .10; page 46 .77; total .87
J. Oliver Diefendorf; 4 cans oysters 1.40; R W one keg 1/2 gallon

Oct. 30th:
James Lindsey; 1 doz cakes .10

Oct. 31st:
Chris Kelsey; 6 cans oysters 2.22
John F. Dolan; 1 can oysters .37

Nov. 1st:
Young Waterman; 3 plates oysters .45, 2 plates pickled tongue .25, 1 gin .06, 2 cups chestnuts .10; total .96
Charley Wagner; 1 tumbler .10; page 47 .87; total .97
Jonas Bleecker; Bal due on cigars .10
Mrs. Henry Casler; 2 cups chestnuts .10, cake- 1 loaf silver, 1 doz cake .25; page 45 .1.70; total 2.05

Nov. 2nd:
J. W. Suits; 1 doz cakes .10; page 45 .87; total .97
Charley Wagner; 1 plate oysters .15, 1 cigar .05; page 48 .97; total 1.17

Nov. 3rd:
Chris Kelsey; 6 cans oysters 2.22, 2 cans oysters .74
Stephen D. Rue; cash 2.00, 2 rums .12, 1 rum 1 wheat whis .10, 2 brandies .20, 1 beer .05, 2 Old Rye 1 gin .16; total .63
Charley Wagner; 1 cigar .05; total 1.22; settled and paid to date Nov. 4th, 1863
Wm. B. Lindsay; 1 oyster stew, 2 cups chestnuts .35
Ira Headley; cash borrowed of wife .50, page 38 .53; total 1.03; Nov. 6th cr by cash .50, now due .53
Chris Kelsey; 1 can oysters .37; page 49 2.96; total 3.33; page 47 2.22; total 5.55; recd in full to date Nov. 5th
Duncan boy; grapes, apples and candy .17
Mrs. Ward across the Canal; 1 can oysters .40

Nov. 5th:
Asa Gould; 1/4 bush apples .20

Nov. 6th:
Tommy Countryman; 1/4 bush apples by wife .20
Mrs. Matthewson; 1 doz cakes by girl .10
J. W. Suits; 1 doz cakes by girl .10; page 48 .97; total 1.07
Seminary girl; 1 stick pea nut candy .05, 1/4 lb cream candy .08; total .13
Charley Brown; 2 quarts cider .10
D. C. Gibson; 1.2 gall ale .25

Nov. 7th:
Duncan boy; sundries .06; page 50 .17; total .25

Nov. 9th:
Asa Gould; 1/4 bush apples .20; page 50 .20; total .40
Charley Brown; 4 apples .04; page 51 .10; total .14
Duncan boy; 2 apples, 1 candy .03; 3 apples .03; page 52 .23; total .29
J. W. Suits; 1 doz cakes .10; page 51 .107; total 1.17
Mrs. Henry Casler; 2 loaves silver cake .30; page 48 2.05; total 2.35

Nov. 10th:
Charley Brown; 1/4 bush apples .20; page 52 .14; total .34

Nov. 11th:
Mrs. Henry Casler; fruit cake and cookies .44; page 53 .2.35; total 2.79
Duncan boy; sundries .14; page 52 .29; total .43

Nov. 13th:
Duncan boy; 2 stick cocoa nut candy .10; 2 apples, 1 tart pie .05; 1 apple .01
J. W. Suits; 1 doz cakes .10; page 52 1.17; total 1.27
Miss A. Sparks; 1 lb Molto Candy .40, 1 lb common drop candy .31

Nov. 14th:
Duncan boy; 1 oz cocoa candy .03; page 53 .59; 1 oz. cocoa candy .03; 1 apple, 1 tart .06
Miss J. D. Genter; 2 dozen cookies butt .20
Asa Gould; 1/4 bush Spitz apples .25; page 52 .40

Nov. 16th:
Duncan boy; sundries .10; page 54 .71; total .81; 1/4 lb lemon cocoa candy .12; total .93
D. C. Gibson; 1/2 gall ale .25; page 51 .25; total .50
Mrs. Matthewson; 1 doz cake by girl .10; page 51 .10; total .20; Jany 21st Bal of Cake .02

Nov. 18th:
Charley Brown; 3 ciders, 1 apple .10; page 53 .34; total .44

Nov. 19th:
Stephen D. La Rue; to cash 1.00
J. W. Suits; 10 cakes .10; page 53 1.27
Charley Wagner; 1 brandy, 1 Rye .15; page .55 .10; total .25

Nov. 20th:
Duncan boy; candy 6, 1 apple .07; page 54 .93; total 1.00; candy - 1 oz orange coco and ball .06, 1 apple .01
Tommy Countryman; 3 Ryes, 1 apple .16; page 51 .20; total .36

Nov. 21st:
Duncan boy; 2 apples, 3 candies .05; total 1.12

Nov. 22nd:
Charley Brown; 2 cigars .10; page 55 .44; total .54
Charley Wagner; 5 apples .05; page 56 .25; total .30; 5 oz. Peppermint Buttons .10

Nov. 23rd:
Mrs. Henry Casler; 2 silver cakes .30; page 53 2.79; total 3.09
Charley Wagner; candy .10; total .50
D. C. Van Camp; 2 3/4 lb cake .87
Henry Swan; 2 Ry Whis himself and Blair .10; from Old Book .35; total .45; cr. by cash 10c
J. W. Suits; 1 doz cookies by boy .12; page 55 1.37; total 1.49

Nov. 25th:
Tommy Countryman; 1 Rye whis .05, 1 Rye whis .05
J. W. Suits; 1 doz cookies .12; page 58 1.49; total 1.61

Nov. 26th:
Mrs. Norman Sholl; 2 doz cookies, 1 doz jumbles .34
Tommy Countryman; 1 Rye whis .05; total .15; 1 Ry whis .05; 1 Rye whis, 1/4 lb Brazil nuts .11
Mrs. Henry Casler; 1 doz sponge cup cake .12, 1 gold cake by Lucy .15; page 57 3.09; total 3.36
Charley Wagner; cake and apples and pie .10; page 57 .50; total .60

Nov. 27th:
Tommy Countryman; 1 Rye whis; page 58 .31; total .36

Nov. 28th:
Tommy Countryman; 3 Rye whis, 7 apples .21; total .57
Duncan boy; sundries .10; page 56 1.12; total 1.22; cr by cash 1.00 Dec. 11th
Charley Wagner; 1 piece pie, 1 beer .11; total .71

Nov. 29th:
Mrs. Henry Casler; 2 gold cakes .30; 2 small cakes, 2 candies by Lucy .04; page 59 3.36; total 3.70

To Be Continued...



Our thanks to Stephen J. Feit, great-grandson of Abram I. Quackenbush, for sharing a most entertaining family treasure! The memoranda book belonged to his grandfather, Charles Ehle Quackenbush, son of the writer Abram. Stephen's letter to the Herkimer/Montgomery Counties GenWeb and visitors:

"To whom it may concern:

The following fifty some pages are copies of the memoranda booklet which has been in my possession since my early childhood days in the 1930's in Gloversville, New York. I kept it as a momento of my grandfather Charles Ehle Quackenbush who died on January 24, 1937.

And now in my retirement I am researching the family tree, while recalling the scant memories of that man as the giant that he seemed to be to me. My findings at this time are scant and yet complex, with the four grandparents taking me to four known homelands, Slovakia, Austria, Ireland and the Mohawk Valley. While I realize that this central New York State valley was not grandfather's origin, for he came from Dutch or German ancestry, this is the area where I have found the most relevant and documented genealogical material.

Quackenbush is a common surname in the Valley, and it has been exciting to trace the family mix during the 1800's. I have documented the earliest to Minden Town where Abram I. Quackenbush is on the 1850 US Census, with his wife Hellen and daughter Emma, and an older woman Elizabeth. I am currently trying to document four other brothers of Abram I., and their parents. It is known that Abram and his wife, along with their two children moved on to Fort Plain where they were storekeepers and in 1869 operated a bakery. Son Charles Ehle Quackenbush eventually settled in Gloversville. It was only during this genealogical search that I discovered that my grandfather's middle initial stood for another prevalent surname (Ehle) of the area.

I am offering this material to Montgomery Co. GenWeb for use by others who have so willingly offered me their sources. The names and dates contained in this personal accounting may offer others a bit of documentation to further their search."

Stephen J. Feit



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