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Humphrey and Smith general store records, 1846-1866.

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Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 434 (Cont'd MSA 181, Size D)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Title : Humphrey and Smith general store records, 1846-1866.
Physical Description : 1.5 linear ft. (2 document boxes and 8 oversize folders).
Summary :

Approximately two-thirds of the collection relates to the store's finances in the form of day books between 1859 and 1863, and bills and receipts between 1848 and 1866. The papers also include store inventories, business correspondence, and legal documents.

Among the few papers related to Olin H. Smith are several letters to him from his brother (Walker), ca. 1860, and from Ellen (a friend?), undated. Miscellaneous papers related to Olin H. Smith include an account book of family expenditures for 1862 and 1863.

Items that relate to East Burke, Vermont include an 1848 application for an East Burke division of the Sons of Temperance and a list of subscribers for an 1859 singing school.

Biographical or historical data :

Humphrey and Smith, a general store owned by Charles T. A. Humphrey and Harris and/or Olin H. Smith, was in business in East Burke, Vermont, between 1856 and 1866.

Charles Timothy Allen Humphrey (b. January 2, 1822) was a co-owner of the store with Harris Smith in 1859 and 1860, according to evidence in the collection's legal papers. Humphrey, born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, held many town offices and served in the 1860-1861 Vermont legislature. He was a director of the Merchant's National Bank of St. Johnsbury. Just when Olin H. Smith was a partner with Humphrey is undocumented; there are, however, business letters in the collection addressed to him which suggest his involvement with the business. Nothing is known about Harris or Olin H. Smith.

Subject Term : General stores Vermont Burke.
Temperance Societies, etc. Vermont Burke.
Geographic Term : Burke (Vt. : Town) Commerce.
Genre/Form : Daybooks.
Business records.
Merchandise inventories.
Legal documents.
Letters correspondence.
Added Author : Humphrey, Charles T. A. (Charles Timothy Allen), b. 1822.
Smith, Harris.
Smith, Olin H.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.