The long-awaited Part 2 of Abram I. Quackenbush's Memoranda book holds several surprises. Below are his accounts of giving credit and loans from December 2, 1863 through August 6, 1864. Abram entered some confidential information into the back of the book, making diary-like entries that show he was aware of wagering on local sporting events and knew about several "incidents" involving well-known citizens.

Also in Part 2 are Stephen Feit's transcription of a voter flyer that his great-grandfather Abram had pasted in the book, lists of men running for office who appear 5 years later in the 1869 directory, and my listing of the customers who were also in the directory. The latter list shows that Abram extended credit to nearby businessmen and their wives, and the local "power brokers." About half of Abram's customers are not found in the 1869 directory. I would presume that they either did not live there in 1869, had died, lived with other heads of household, or were not self-employed.

If you're new to this site, the record below will be more meaningful if you go back and read Part 1 of Abram's memoranda book, which includes Stephen Feit's letter to us about his own grandfather, Charles Ehle Quackenbush, Abram's son.




A. I. Quackenbush's

Memoranda Book

July 4th 1863



Dec. 2nd:
J. W. Suits; 1 doz jumbles by boy .12; page 58 1.61; total 1.73
Andrew Henegar; 1 load of pound cake .31
Charley Wagner; 1 stick p nut candy, 1 gum .07; page 59; .71; total .78
Mrs. Henry Casler; 2 silver cakes by colored girl .30; same page 3.70; total 4.00
Tommy Countryman; 1 Rye whiskey .05; page 59 .57; total .62
Ira Hadley; 1 1/2 quarts beer .19; page .50.53; total .72; Dec. 18th cr by cash .12

Dec. 5th:
Charley Wagner; 8 beers, 1 gin .40; 5 beers and cigars, 1 gin .31; total .71

Dec. 9th:
Tommy Countryman; 1 Rye whiskey .05; same page .62; total .67

Dec. 10th:
Wm. Dillenback; 1 cigar .05
Mrs. Henry Casler; to cake by Lucy .13; page .60 4.00; total 4.13

Dec. 11th:
Tommy Countryman; 2 Old Ryes .10, 1 quart Old Rye .18; page 61 .67; total .95
Mrs. Wm. Cougher; 1 lb fruit cake .31
Mrs. Smith Diefendorf; 1 doz sponge cake .12

Dec. 12th:
Tommy Countryman; 2 Ryes .10; cash .25; same page .95; total 1.30
Charley Wagner; 5 drinks .25; page 61 .71; total .96

Dec. 13th:
John Bush; sundries .60, 1 beer .05
Wm. Donar; 2 beers, 1 cigar, 2 candies .17

Dec. 14th:
Tommy Countryman; 1 Rye .05; page 62 1.30; total 1.35
John Bush; 3 cigars, 1 beer .20; page 62 .65; total .85
D. C. Gibson; 3 lb crackers by Dewitt .30
Tommy Countryman; 1 Rye .05; cash .10; same page 1.35; total 1.50
John Bush; 4 beers, 1 gin, 1 cigar .30; same page .85; total 1.15
Tommy Countryman; 1 lb crackers .10; 1 Rye .05; page 63 1.50; 1.65

Dec. 15th:
J. W. Suits; 1 lb crackers, milk .10; 1 doz bath cake .12

Dec. 16th:
Tommy Countryman; 3 Ryes .15; cash .44; 1.65; total 2.24

Dec. 17th:
Tommy Countryman; 1 Rye whis .05; total 2.29
J. W. Suits; 1/2 pint oysters, 1 lb crackers .20; same page .22; total .42

Dec. 18th:
Charley Wagner; 1 cigar, 4 beers .25; 10 cookies .10; page 62 .96; total 1.51
Jonas Bleecker; 4 beers .20

Dec. 19th:
Charley Wagner; 3 hot drinks .15; same page 1.31; total 1.46
Wm. Donar; 3 Old Ryes, 1 gin .21; page 63 .17; total .38

Dec. 20th:
Charley Waterman; 4 hot drinks, 1 cigar .25
Charley Peiler; 4 beers, 2 gins, 1 cigar .35; 2 beers, 4 hot drinks .30; total .65
Charley Wagner; 4 hot drinks .20; page 65 1.46; total 1.66; 1 plate oysters .15; 1.81

Dec. 21st:
Tommy Countryman; 3 Old ryes .15; 2.29; total 2.45
John Bush; candy .10; 1.15; total 1.25

Dec. 22nd:
Tommy Countryman; 2 Rye whis .10; 1 quart wheat whis .31; same page 2.45; 2.86
Mrs. Norman Sholl; 1 doz cakes .12; page 58 by boy .34; total .46
Mrs. Henry Casler; 1 loaf pound f. cake .31, 1 doz sponge cup cake .12; page 61 4.13; 4.56

Dec. 23rd:
D. C. Van Camp; 1 12/16 almond cake .36
J. W. Suits; 2 doz cookies .24; page 64 .42; .66
Mrs. Henry Casler; 2 loaves pound f. cake .63, 3 doz cakes .37; same page 4.56; 5.56
Celia Lipe; 1 ornamental cake 2.50

Dec. 25th:
Charley Peeler; candy .15; page 65 .65; .77
Menzo Ehle; candy .16, 5 hot rums .20; sundries ---

Dec. 27th:
D. C. Van Camp; 6 doz cakes .72; page 67 .36; 1.08
Menzo Ehle; 1 cigar, 1 apple .07

Dec. 30th:
Charles Hungerford; 1 15/16 fruit cake .61
Menzo Ehle; candy .12
Mrs. Henry Casler; 2 silver cakes .30; page 67 5.56; 5.86

1864

Jany 8th:
Charley Peeler; 2 gins .10; page 68 .77; .87
Menzo Ehle; 1 cigar, 1 beer .10; page 68 .19; .29; candy .10; .39; Jany 30th cr by cash 25c
Charley Peeler; 4 cigars .20; same page .87; 1.07

Jany 10th: Wm. Cuning; 2 cigars .10
Stephen D. Rue; Bal dwn on cake by boy .09

Jany 18th:
Mrs. Henry Casler; 2 silver cakes .30; page 68 5.86; 6 .16; cr by cash 3.50

Jany 21st:
Mrs. Henry Casler; 1 2/16 lb fruit cake .35, 2 doz s. cup cake .24; page 69 6.16; 6.75
Charley Jackson or Brown; 1 cigar .05; page 56 .54; .59

Jany 22nd:
Charley Waterman; 2 cigars .10
Wm. Cunning; 2 cigars .10

Jany 23rd:
Doct. Ayres; 1 loaf f. P. cake .31, 1 doz cakes .12; page 35 5.97; 6.40

Jany 24th:
Mrs. Paul Countryman; 1 loaf pound f. cake .31, 12 1/2 oz. jelly cake .25; .56

Feby 1st:
D. C. Van Camp; 2 1/2 doz sponge cup cake .31; 2 doz sponge drops .24; .55; by Al Davis

Feby 4th:
Tommy Countryman; 2 Rye, 2 apples .12; page 66 2.86; 2.98

Feby 5th:
Tommy Countryman; 1 Rye .05, 2 Rye .10, cash .25; 3.43

Feby 6th:
Tommy Countryman; 1 Rye .05; 3.43; cash .25, 1 Old Rye .30; 3.73; cr by work $2.38, Due me 1.35

Feby 7th:
Elisha Hoke; 4 beers .20, 1/4 lb fruit cake .09; .29
Charley Brown; 5 beers, 4 apples .29; page 70 .59; .88
McKeon Marble Cutter; 1/2 gall ale .25

Feby 9th:
Elisha Hoke; 7 beers .35; page 71 .29; .64; Feby 10th - 1 beer, 1 cigar .10
Stephen D. Rue; to cash 5.00; to cash 6.00; sundries .75; total 11.75

Feby 12th:
Elisha Hoke; 1 beer, 1 cigar .10; .74; same page .84; sundries .45; 1.29
Charley Brown; ciagars and beer .75; page 71 .88; 1.63

Feby 13th:
Mrs. Norman Sholl; 3 doz cakes by boy .36; page 66 .76; .82
Dan Conkling; 4 cigars, 2 ales .30
Mrs. Paul Countryman; 1 loaf fruit p. cake .31, 1/2 oz almond cakes .19; 1/4 bush apples .25
Menzo Ehle; 5 beers, 4 apples .29; page 69 .14; .43; 1 Rye, 1 gin .15; 3 gins, 1 beer .35; total 1.28; March 26th cr by cash 1.00, now due 28c

Feby 18th:
Doct. Ayres; 1 5/16 lb jelly cake .48; page 70 6.40; 6.88
Elisha Hoke; 2 cigars, 1 beer, 1 corn ball .18; page 72 1.29; 1.47
Pat O Conner; 13 1/2 oz fruit cake .27, 1 doz jumbles .12; .39
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Feby 20th:
Mrs. Norman Sholl; 1 doz jumbles .12, 1 doz cookies .12, 1 doz lady fingers by boy .12; page 73 .82; 1.18
Tommy Countryman; 4 Old Ryes .20; page 71 1.35; 1.55
Elisha Hoke; 9 beers .45; page same 1.47; 1.92

Feby 22nd:
Mrs. Paul Countryman; 1 load p. fruit cake by boy .31

Feby 25th:
Tommy Countryman; 8 drinks and apple .42; cash .10; page 74 1.55; 2.07

Feby 27th:
Mrs. Paul Countryman; 2 doz cake by boy .24; page same .31; .55

March 1st:
Charley Brown; cash .25; page 72 1.63; 1.88
Andrew Heniger; cash 1.00

March 4th:
George O Conner; beer .17
Charley Brown; 3 beers .15; page 75 1.88; 2.03

March 5th:
Charley Brown; cr by cash .25; 1.78; sundires .02

March 6th:
Wm. McGill; 1 wheat whis, 1 cigar .11; 1 wheat whis, 1 rum .10; 2 beers, 1 paper tobacco .15; March 7th - 5 beers .25

March 8th:
Wm. McGill; 1 paper tobacco .05; total .66
Elisha Hoke; sundries .50; page 74 1.92; total 2.42
Abm. Furman; sundries .55
Louis Winn (--- maker); 1/2 gall beer .25

March 9th:
Wm. McGill; beer and cigar .30; page 76 .66; .96; March 10th - 1 quart beer .12

March 11th:
D. C. Gibson; 1/2 gall beer .25, cash for Black Mag .50

March 15th:
S. D. Rue; cash 10.00

March 21st:
Elisha Hoke; 1 quart beer .12; page 76 2.42; 2.54

March 23rd:
Stephen D. Rue; cash 3.00

March 24th:
3 cups pea nuts .15; page 77 2.54; 2.69
Wilbur Jackson; 1/2 lb fancy candy; .28
Jacob Breneman; 3 gins .30, 1 gin.10
Elisha Hoke; 3 cups pea nuts .15, 1/4 lb paper shelled almonds .13, 1/2 lb E. walnuts .13; 2.69, total 3.10

March 29th:
Elish Hoke cr by one bird cage 1.00; 2.10; 1 cigar .05; 2.15

March 30th:
Menzo Ehle; sundries .35; .10; 1 cigar .06

March 31st:
Wm. McGill; 1 quart beer .12; page 77 1.08; 1.20
Charley Brown; 2 cigars, 1 whis .17; page 76 1.80; 1.97
Wm. McGill; 1 quart beer .13; page same 1.20; 1.33
Elisha Hoke; 1 cocoa nut .12; page 78 2.15; 2.27; April 2nd - sundries .21, 1 beer .05

April 3rd:
John Bush; 2 cups pea nuts .10; page 66 1.25; 1.35

April 4th:
John Bush; sundries .15; beer, candy 4 lb 1.05; page 79 1.50; 2.55
Jacob Breneman; 3 drinks, 1 cigar .20; page 78 .40; .60
Abm. Feneman; 4 drinks .20
John Bush; sundries .30; same page 2.55; 2.85; 1 gum .01

April 5th:
Jacob Breneman; 1 gin .05; same page .60; .65
D. C. Gibson; ash 3.00; .75; 3.75

April 6th:
Menzo Ehle; 2 cups pea nuts .10; page 78 .50; .60

April 7th:
John Bush; sundries .10, nuts and candy .10; 2.86; toal 3.06; 2 beers .10; 3.16
Fred Simms; 3 cups pea nuts .15

April 8th:
Charley Brown; 1 currant wine .10; page 79 1.97; 2.07; apples .05

April 10th:
Menzo Ehle; beer, Old Rye, 2 oz nuts .50; 2 cups pea nuts .10; April 11th - 1 cup pea nuts .05; 2 cups pea nuts .10; total .75

April 14th:
Menzo Ehle; sundries .49; page 81 .75; 1.24; sundries .20; total 1.44
John Bush; 9 beers .45; 1/4 lb Madeira nuts .07; page 81 3.16; 3.68; 2 beers .10; 1 beer had of wife .05

April 15th:
John Bush; apples nuts .20; 3 oranges .12; 1/4 lb paper S. almonds .13; total 4.28
Jacob Breneman; 1 gin, 1 beer .10; page 80 .65; .75

April 16th:
Menzo Ehle; 2 beers, pie, 1 beer .17; page 82 1.44; 1.61
John Bush; 3 beers .15; page 82 4.28; 4.42; 17 beers .85; 5.28
George O Conner; 5 beers .25
Stephen D Rue; 2 3/16 lb candy mixed .85; 1 lb paper S. almonds .50; 8 oranges .25; 1 quart filbers .25; 1.85

April 17th:
John Bush; 8 beers, 1.4 lb paper S. almonds .53; 5.28; 5.81
Jacob Breneman; 1 beer, 1 cigar, 1 gin .20; page 82 .75; .95; April 18th - 1 beer, 1 cigar .11, total 1.06

April 18th:
John Bush; 3 beers, 2 apples, 2 candies .20; page 83 5.81; 6.01; April 20th - 5 beers, 2 stick gum . 27; total 6.28

April 20th:
Jacob Breneman; 1 cigar .06; 1.06; 1.12

April 21st:
John Bush; 1/2 lb paper S. almonds .25; same page 6.28; 6.53; April 22nd - 1 beer .05; 6.58

April 22nd:
Menzo Ehle; 2 beers, Madeira nuts .15; page 83 1.61; 1.76

April 23rd:
Jacob Breneman; 2 cigars .12; page 84 1.12; 1.24; 8 beers, 2 cigars .52; 1.76
Menzo Ehle; 6 beers .30; same page 1.76; 2.06; 3 beers, 1 fig .16; April 25th cr by cash 1.00; now due 1.12

April 24th:
Jacob Breneman; 3 beers, 1 gin, 1 cigar .31; 1.76; total 2.07; April 25th - 2 cigars .12; 2.19; 5 cigars .30; 2.49

April 25th:
Fullerton the Dummy; 2 doz cakes .24, 2 lbs crackers .20; .44
Jacob Breneman; 1 gin for Andrew, P S. almond .15; page 85 2.49; 2.64; April 26th - 1 cigar .06, 1 cigar .06; April 27th - 2 cigars .12, 2 beers .10: 2.98; 25 cigars 1.25; 5.23

April 27th:
Menzo Ehle; cash which was counterfeit 1.00; page 85 1.12; 2.12

April 28th:
Menzo Ehle; 2 beers, 1 gin, 1 Old rye .25; 2.37; cr by cash 25c
N. Van Slyke; 1 beer, 2 ryes; 1 cigar .20; paid

April 29th:
Mrs. Norman Sholl; 2 doz cakes by Eliz Peeler .25; page 74 1.18; 1.43
Mrs. Jacob Nellis; 2 doz cakes by Eliza Peeler .25
Charley Brown; 6 cakes .06; page 81 2.12; 2.18; June 25th cr by cash 1.00
Alphonzo Walrath; 1 quart corn whis .25, 1 quart Rye whis .38; .63

May 2d:
Menzo Ehle; 1 cigar .10; page 86 2.12; 2.22; May 8th cr by cash 1.50; Bal Due .72

May 17th:
Jonas Diefendorf; 1/2 doz spong drops by S girl .06

May 19th:
D. C. Gibson; to cash 4.10

May 23d:
Alphonzo Walrath; Fr. cake 1.75; page 87 .63; 2.38

May 26th:
Mrs. Griffis the Millener; 1 silver cake .20, 23 sponge cup cake .23; May 27th - 1 loaf fruit P. cake .40; .83

May 28th:
Fullerton the Dummy; 2 doz cakes, 1 lb crackers .34; Due on above account .04
Mr. Duffy; a doz cake .12

page 89 and 90 are missing

June 17th:
Mrs. Norman Sholl; 2 doz cakes .24

June 19th:
George O Conner; 2 lb crackers .20; page 83 .25; .45

June 22nd:
Doct. Ayres; 1 1/2 doz cakes .18; page 90 7.07; 7.25

June 24th:
Mrs. Wm. Kougher; 1 silver cake .20, 1 doz sponge cup cake .12, 1 lb crackers .10; paid .42

June 25th:
Mrs. Genter; 2 doz cookies .24; page 90 .96; 1.20
Fullerton the Dummy; 2 lb crackers, 17 cakes, 1 whis .42; page 90 .62
Mr. Duffy; 1 doz cakes .12; page 89 .49; .61; settled and paid to date Sept 30th
Mrs. Frost; 18 cakes .18

July 2nd:
Mrs. Genter; 50 cakes .50

The next entry is July 29th. It's possible that Abram cracked down on giving credit to people.

July 29th:
George O Conner; 6 small beers .30; page 91 .45; .75

August 6th:
Andrew Henniger; cigars .20, 3 ciders .18, 3 ciders .18; .56
George O Conner; 1 bottle Pop of Mfr .05; 1 cider, 1 cigar .16; same page .75; .96
Jacob Clapper; to sundries amt taken from another book 2.33

*** That ends Abram I. Quackenbush's entries of credit extended to customers.

* One page appears to be monies wagered in betting on fights or boxing.

Ellis 73
agst
Lewis

Yates 100
agst
Hoag

Van Alstyne 5700.
agst
Borst

Cook 300
agst
Failing

McMartin
agst
Chase

* On another page Abram lists jurors in trials he found interesting. At the bottom is a cryptic paragraph naming names of men who knew the particulars of an unspecified incident:

Jury on the trial for breaking Door
Stephen Dillenback
F. B. Farley
Wm. Averill
Charles Hungerford
D. Orlando Norton
James Moyer

Jury on trial of Liquor Suit
Robert Pattin
Wm. I. Dillenback
Joseph Abbott
Peter H. Sitts
James Ehle
George Philips


"B. Bush told Zenas Taylor, Addis Diefendorf, A. Freman & others that he and Ed Dygert carried off J. Thompson. Also Wilbur Jackson, Loner Landon, Elisha Hoke, Menzo Ehle."

(A. Freman might have been Abram H. Freeman, the Canal St., Fort Plain barber listed in the 1869 directory. Edward Dygert was a local Ft. Plain farmer.)



* Inside the back cover Abram wrote a better description of another incident:

"On Thursday Feby 25th 1864
Wm. Clark Jun., John Van Evera & Curt Adams made an assault on Jacob H. Failing in front of Ed Bennets Hair Dressing Saloon. John Van Evera had Failing down on the ashes & ice & Wm. Clark was kicking him."

(According to the 1869 directory, Jacob H. Failing was a lawyer practicing on Canal St., Fort Plain. Wm. Clark Jr. was the proprietor of Wood, Clark & Hall (steam mill and elevator, and dealers in flour, feed, grain, groceries, provisions and hardware), also on Canal St. Edmund Bennett is listed as being a hair dresser and manufacturer of artificial hair work, also on Canal. There's a good story behind this incident.)


Abram I. Quackenbush was well-connected as far as local goings-on and his store was probably a favorite place of the men in the area to learn about and discuss inside information. Abram ran for constable around the time he kept this memoranda book, and a voting flyer was pasted inside the booklet. On the voters' agenda is a resolution for payment of a township bounty to volunteers. This would refer to a proposed township bounty to be paid by the War Committee to local men enlisting in the Civil War. My list of some of these men, about 5 years later, appears after the flyer. According to Stephen Feit:


"The following is a copy of a darkened, faded "flyer" pasted in the old 1863-64 leatherette Memoranda book of A. I. Quackenbush. This booklet contains an individual account of purchases made at his store in Fort Plain, N.Y.

Because this "flyer" is so yellowed and dark it could not be copied on a standard copy machine. While it appears to have been machine printed there are penciled-in three names and a series of three digit numbers. This appears to be a ballot.":

For Supervisor
    James H. Congdon

For Town Clerk
    Walter Keller

For Justice of the Peace
   Hiram Snell

For Assessor
   Theodore B. Farley

For Collector
    David J. Keyser

For Overseer of the Poor
   Nathan Lipe

For Inspectors of Elections

District No. 1
    Solomon A. Norton
   Josiah Roof
    A. C. P. Adams (penciled in)

District No. 2
   William H. Ehle
   Henry Van Slyke
   Alfred Davis (penciled in)

District No. 3
   Isaac Copley
   Ira Dunckel
    ___anes (penciled in)

For Constables
    Stephen D. Rue
    Abm. I. Quackenbush
    David H. Young
    William H. Flint
    David D. Van Slyke

For Sealer of Weights & Measures
   Abm. W. Mayer

Place of Next Town Meeting
    Union Hall

War Committee

A. Hoffman
E. W. Wood
J. H. Congdon

    

D. E. Reid
Henry Adams
J. F. Dolan

       

In favor of a Town Bounty to
Volunteers; the amount to be
left discretionary with the
Committee

Copied by:
Stephen J. Feit
great-grandson of Abram I. Quackenbush
Sept. 22, 1997




List of Men Running for Township Office in 1863/64 Who Appear in the 1869 Minden Directory:



Some Facts and Some Speculations about the Customers:

We look forward to information about any of the other customers of Abram I. Quackenbush.



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