1863 · Florence and Fairfax, Iowa
by [Rachel S. and Robert R. Leatherman] [Galena and Chicago Union Railroad Company]
Florence and Fairfax, Iowa, 1863. Ledger. Fair. Tall quarto Ledger. Approx. 12" x 8". Marble paper covered boards. Brown leather spine. Leather joints and corners. Boards are edge worn. Marbled paper is shelf worn and scuffed. The first  pages were used for recording legal case summaries,  pages used for accounts and notes 1875-1877, and approx.  pages of accounts from 1878 to 1880. Some pages between the sections are blank. Several pages in front, some in the middle, and some in back are torn out or missing large sections (including two pages in the legal case section). Contents contain an 1863 Civil War era court case and 1870's to 1880 store entries. The front and rear end sheets have several inscriptions, notes, and a few names. Inscription of Rachel S. Leatherman Fairfax & Florence Linn Co. Iowa and Robert R. Leathermore Florence Benton Co. Iowa are the main inscriptions on the page. Location and name inscriptions written on the right front flyleaf include Florence Iowa Fairfax Linn Co, Sioux City Iowa June 17th 1869; Memphis Tennin; Johnson Co. Iowa; William Burgh ? Bangor Mississippi. Notes and scribbles are written on the rear end sheets. The first entry in the ledger is titled, "State of Iowa, Benton County Casper Baker, Plaintiff vs. John Whealer, Defendant. The date entered for the the start of the case was March 21, 1863. The case was brought to Court against the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad Company for destruction of personal property including cows. There are 15 pages of the ledger related to the Court case. Several individuals sought compensation from the Railroad company for damages to their property. The majority of the ledger is a store ledger for dry goods, clothing, lumber, nails, molasses, beef, etc.
(Inventory #: 18002)