More Trouble for Ed Richards?

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For week 33 of the 52 Ancestors Challenge, the topic is “troublemaker.” I’ve already written about several black sheep on our family tree so I’m running low on identified problem people. I’m sure there are more but I just haven’t found them yet.

So, for this week, I’ll return to one fellow who already filled two posts with his troubled life. This post contains information about a time later in his life and it comes with some question marks. Edward Xenophon Richards left Kansas sometime after the death of his young wife in 1900.

Seventeen years later, he died in Dillon, Montana, far from his family. I’m guessing that they lost touch with him, as it was five years later that they had his body brought back to Eudora, Kansas.

Was Ed Still a Troublemaker?

What happened during those 17 years, I wondered? I found some stories about a robbery in Butte, Montana, in 1902. An Ed Richards was arrested after they found money and gold hidden in the wall of his room. Two other people were implicated in the theft from a local store. Butte was known for its silver, gold, and copper mining.

In one article, I found a clue to follow, “Richards claims to hail from Great Falls, where he said he worked, as a truckman for the Northern Pacific road.” There was a brief description of the man, “Richards is a big, square-jawed, determined-looking fellow, roughly dressed and with bluish eyes and brown hair.” The description didn’t help me, as I had no pictures of Edward Xenophon Richards.

Then I found an article about the trial and that it ended in a hung jury. For the first time, I saw the accused man called “J.E. Richards.” So this Ed Richards was not a match for mine unless the paper was in error with the initials.

Just to confuse matters further, there was another Ed Richards in Montana. I contacted a descendant of this fellow. I asked if the robber might be her Ed, but she was quite sure her farmer could not be the criminal due to the location.

I found a 1917 mention of Ed Richards’ arrest for wife-beating. After checking my Ed Richards’s death date, I realized that this one could not be pinned on him. He could hardly be in the county jail when he had been run down by a car three months earlier and killed. Whew, how many Ed Richards were there in Montana in the early 1900s?

Ed Richards arrested for wife beatingEd Richards arrested for wife beating Sat, Oct 6, 1917 – 7 · The Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, Montana) · Newspapers.com

So I was able to clear Edward Xenophon Richards of the robbery and the wife-beating in Montana. I can at least be sure of having the correct Ed Richards who died in Montana, as I found his death record with his parents’ names. The record says he was working as a cook.

Ed Richards death record

I also was able to clear him of being in Leavenworth Prison in Kansas in 1910. The prison census recorded an Ed Richards, but he was born in Canada and was Black. I’ve been unable to determine Ed’s whereabouts in the census of 1900 and 1910. I should be glad that I found no further issues in the last 17 years of his life, but it troubles me to not know what he was doing during that time.

Here are the earlier stories about his life:

Unexpected Tribulations (his teen years)

Trouble Was His Middle Name (his married years)

Still at Large

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I’m gathering background information to give me a more complete picture of the lives of my 2nd great-grandparents. Abraham and Nancy Angeline Tower who lived in Montgomery County, Kansas, in the early 1900s. At various times, they lived in Coffeyville, Tyro, and Caney.

I discovered that a notorious outlaw, Henry Starr, and his gang robbed the Tyro Bank on March 12, 1908. The pursuit was hampered by citizens needing to gather guns and horses to pursue the desperados. Further down the road, as they headed for Oklahoma, there was some shooting and several horses were shot.

The bank was a corner building in Tyro and here’s how it looked one year later.  bank tyro

I love that the old newspapers gave such a detailed account of exciting events like this. I’m sure my grandparents followed the stories avidly, though I don’t know if they had any money in the bank.
Tyro bank robberyTyro bank robbery Fri, Mar 13, 1908 – 1 · The Tyro Herald (Tyro, Kansas) · Newspapers.com
The bank robbers were still at large a week later. The paper printed a report about citizens showing confidence in the bank by making deposits.  A few had feared that after the bank robbery there would be a run on the bank as it lost all its ready cash. The paper said,

“that is not the kind of stuff the citizens of Tyro are made of. The bank immediately phoned to Independence for currency and before night had plenty of money to do business with and on Saturday the day after the robbery, the deposits exceeded the withdrawals by more than 2 to 1. The deposits amounting to more than $2,000, not bad for one day in a small town.”

There’s an odd twist to the story and here’s Wikipedia’s information on that:

He was imprisoned in 1915, wrote his memoirs and even portrayed himself in the silent film, A Debtor to the Law (1919). He was killed by W. J. Myers with a .38 caliber Winchester rifle (1873 model) while attempting to rob a bank in Harrison, Arkansas, in 1921.

A_Debtor_to_the_Law - Henry Starr - wikipedia public domain

A movie poster for the biopic for Henry Starr’s life (photo from Wikipedia – public domain photo)

Germany – The Old Country

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When I received my DNA results from Ancestry, it showed only 6% German with the rest being England, Wales, and Northwestern Europe (75%) and Ireland and Scotland (19%). The documentation of our German immigrant ancestors seems fairly thorough. Maria Catharina Fleischmann married Hans Jacob Broyles in 1727 in the Colony of Virginia.

Here’s the line of descent with the German line blending with the Scots-Irish McGhees in 1793 with the marriage of Leah Ann Broyles and William McGhee in Tennessee:

Hans Jacob Broyles 1705-1763
6th great-grandfather
Nicholas Broyles 1732-1814
Son of Hans Jacob Broyles
Leah Ann Broyles 1775-1861
Daughter of Nicholas Broyles
Soloman McGhee 1808-1895
Son of Leah Ann Broyles
William Newton MCGHEE 1832-1902
Son of Soloman McGhee
Samuel Newton MCGHEE 1875-1922
Son of William Newton MCGHEE
Clarence Oliver MCGHEE 1895-1973
Son of Samuel Newton MCGHEE
My Mother

Myself

Leaving Germany

I hadn’t really sought out the location in Germany where the Fleischmanns and Broyles came from but other genealogists had been hard at work on it. Catherine’s father,
Cÿriacus Fleischmann (born 1660 • Baden-Badener Stadtkreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany and died 1 JULY 1748 • Culpeper, Culpeper County, Virginia Colony, later the USA). He is my 7th great-grandfather.
Their date of arrival at the colony at Germanna in Virginia was 1717. In 1725 the entire colony moved to the Robinson River near the foot of the Blue Mountains, in present Madison County.
Since the Fleischmanns came from Stadtkreis Baden-Baden, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, I had to look at the map to get oriented. It is now an urban area, but I wondered what it was like in 1717 and why the family chose to leave for the faraway American colonies.
Stadtkreis_Mannheim_Map_Baden_Württemberg_Germany_Mapcarta - Fleischman ancestors

 

For a quick overview, Wikipedia gives this,

the Second Colony of twenty families from the Palatinate, Baden and Württemberg area of Germany brought in 1717, but also include other German families who joined the first two colonies at later dates. Although many Germanna families later migrated southward and westward from Piedmont Virginia, genealogical evidence shows that many of the families intermarried for generations, producing a rich genealogical heritage.

The Germanna Foundation site provides a list of the Second Colony immigrants. The two couples that are our ancestors are Johannes/John Breuel/Briles/Broyles and wife Ursula Ruop, and Cyriacus Fleischmann/Fleshman and wife Anna Barbara Schöne.

There’s a lot more information out there to be shared but I’ll save some for future posts. Stay tuned.

Sources:

KEITH, ARTHUR LESLIE. “The German Colony of 1717.” In The William and Mary Quarterly (Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, VA), ser. 1, vol. 26:2 (October 1917), pp. 79-95; vol. 26:3 (January 1918), pp. 178-195; vol. 26:4 (April 1918), pp. 234-249.
Europe, Central et al. “Stadtkreis Mannheim”. Mapcarta, 2020, https://mapcarta.com/18787122. Accessed 21 July 2020.
“Germanna”. En.Wikipedia.Org, 2010, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germanna. Accessed 21 July 2020.
Research Your Germanna Roots | Germanna Foundation
“Research Your Germanna Roots | Germanna Foundation”. Germanna Foundation, 2017, https://germanna.org/things-to-do/research-your-germanna-roots/. Accessed 21 July 2020.

Newsworthy?

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I’m fortunate that many small Kansas towns had newspapers and that someone in modern times went to the trouble to digitize those back to the 1850s. Thank you, Kansas librarians for doing that as it really helps me track down those ancestors. “Currently more than 10 million pages from the Kansas State Historical Society newspaper collection are available through Newspapers.com.”

Most of my relatives were not famous and some of the tidbits I pick up about them are fairly mundane. Still, it gives me some concept of what their lives were like and I find clues for names and dates to add to our family history.

In this community report, I see a number of surnames that show up on my family tree: Casebeer, Ashlock, Babcock, and Vining. Lone Elm was the name of the school in that district and I imagine much of the socializing revolved around that with box suppers and spelling bees. It was a rural community and my ancestors were farmers. The Babcocks were some of the earliest settlers in the area.

Ashlock, Casebeer, Babcock, and Vining at Lone ElmAshlock, Casebeer, Babcock, and Vining at Lone Elm Fri, Oct 8, 1897 – 5 · The Thayer News (Thayer, Kansas) · Newspapers.com

None of the activities are earth-shaking and sometimes the use of initials leaves you guessing. Let’s see what I can piece together from this.

  • Isaac Ashlock was my grandmother Ruth Vining’s older half-brother who later moved to Canada. With him is Marion Casebeer. I found him in the 1880 census and am guessing that he was a younger cousin of Ellarde Casebeer who was adopted by Elias and Keziah Babcock when her parents died. There were several Casebeer families and I wonder why Ellarde was not adopted by one of them.
  • W.H. Babcock is likely William Henry Babcock (son of Elias and Keziah). My thanks to jatpainter1 who shared this picture on Ancestry. William Henry Babcock
  • R. Vining and wife puzzled me at first. There’s a Ralph Warren Vining on my tree but he was only sixteen in 1897 and not yet married. Searching further in the newspaper, I see in September that Rastas Vining was visiting in the area. Erastus Charles Vining was the brother of my great-grandfather, Henry Francis Vining, who had died a few months earlier.
  • Joseph B. Babcock was the brother of William Henry Babcock. He married Julia Vining, my grandmother’s older sister. I wonder what kind of business he had to transact in Jefferson that week.

    Joseph and Julia (Vining) Babcock

    Joseph Babcock and his wife Julia Vining (photo courtesy of my cousin, Bob Harlan)

This one short social column gave me perspective on the closeness of the community and clues on how my ancestors must have interacted in those early days.

Emporia 1906

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A vintage street scene in a blog challenge sent me hunting for old postcards of Emporia, Kansas. Various branches of my family tree come together in this city in Lyon County.

The scene shows the good planning that resulted in wide avenues and the progress the city made since it started in 1857. The telephone poles and lines indicate the advance of communications. In a few years, the street scenes will include automobiles.

A distant cousin sent me some photos of family in Emporia in the early days. I’ll share a few here but must apologize as we have not yet identified the people. They could be Ellison, Skaggs, or Martin family members.

There’s a lot more work to do. If you are part of any of these families, I implore you to look in your old photo albums or the shoebox to see if you have any matches for these people.

Here’s the Sepia Saturday photo that started me on the hunt for vintage street scene postcards.
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Solomon McGhee

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My 3rd great-grandfather, Solomon McGhee was born in Washington County, TN, near Knaves Creek and the town of Jonesboro, TN in 1808.

His father William McGhee owned land in that area. Solomon and his family moved to Cherokee County, Alabama in the mid-1830s after the death of William McGhee. I found an 1837 notice about unclaimed letters at the post office in Gaylesville, Alabama. The list included Solomon McGhee.

Perhaps the family did not get to town very often. It seems the post office allowed 3 months for a pick-up before letters were sent to the dead letter office. Wouldn’t it be lovely if all those old letters were saved somewhere and could be retrieved today!

Gaylesville, Alabama. Our Solomon McGhee??Gaylesville, Alabama. Our Solomon McGhee Thu, Nov 16, 1837 – 4 · Jacksonville Republican (Jacksonville, Alabama) · Newspapers.com

The 1840 census gives us a little glimpse into the family. It showed that there were 3 male children in the household (2 under the age of 5 and 1 aged 5 – 9). Of the 2 adults in the home, 1 could not read or write, but it doesn’t tell us if that is Solomon or his wife, Lucinda Jane Campbell. In the 1850 and 1860 census, the box for “not able to read or write” was not ticked. Either it was mistakenly marked on the 1840 census or that person learned those skills before 1850.

In looking at their move from Tennesee into Alabama, it hit me that the lands they settled on were made possible by the removal of the Cherokee Indians. Once again, I come face-to-face with history on my family tree. It gave me a sinking feeling to realize that it’s likely the tragic Trail of Tears saga benefitted my ancestors.

Indian Removal Map – Courtesy of Wikipedia (in the public domain)

The Alabama census of 1850 gave minimal information beyond the number in the family. It revealed that no one was insane and there were no slaves. That was a relief, at least.

For more about this family and their years after Alabama, take a look at the post on Lucinda Campbell’s life.

Sources

  1. Find-a-Grave
  2. Newspapers.com
  3. U.S. Census – 1840, 1850, 1860
  4. Alabama Census – 1850

Uncertain Times

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The uncertain times that we are currently living through led me to examine the life of my 2nd great-grandparents. I wondered what economic downturns, epidemics, and wars they experienced in their lifetime.

Abraham Bates Tower grew up in Southern Indiana during its pioneer era. Before his birth, his family traveled by land and by flatboat on the Ohio River from New York state to Kentucky and later to Indiana. Crawford County was first settled 19 years before Abraham’s birth in 1837.  The area was heavily wooded with plenty of wildlife when his family arrived and they would have built a log cabin. 

This was past the time of Indian attacks on this part of the frontier, but families had to be hardy to carve out fields to grow food and pasture land for their livestock. Children helped their parents in the home and fields. I’d assume that during this time in their lives they were self-sufficient and isolated from national economic trends.

Abraham was the 4th of their 11 children. His 7-month-old sister, Harriet, died when Abraham was 5-years-old and an infant brother, James, died the next year after only two weeks of life. I’m sure these losses brought sadness to the whole family. His grandfather Matthew Tower died at age 87 when Abraham was just 8.

Abraham married Nancy Angeline Long in October of 1858. He farmed and also worked as a cooper making barrels for the Ohio River trade. The couple would have a daughter and a son before war disrupted their lives. 

1861 – 1865 – The American Civil War – You can read more about its impact on Abraham Tower in this Timeline of his life. He was captured at the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads and spent six hellish months as a prisoner of war at Andersonville Prison weighing only 73 pounds when paroled. He lost his older brother, Matthew, in the war.

Abraham returned to Indiana from the war to find that his wife and children had moved to Missouri to be with her sister. She thought he had been killed in the war. After the Civil War, there was a period of economic expansion in the U.S. called the Second Industrial Revolution. Abraham’s health was impaired by the starvation in Andersonville and recovery from that took years.

He filed a claim for an invalid pension in 1868. “Andersonville Prison, Georgia, Contracted a disease, (blotches on chest and bowels inflamed and itching). Continues to reappear and itch whenever he is the least heated. Entire loss of labor except when weather is very cold. Also experiences a choking sensation at the throat and loss of voice, and is then sick at the stomach. Long under surgeon’s care and gets no better.” 

Abraham’s younger brother, Jonathan age 21, came to live with them and help with the farming.

 

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1873 – 1870 The Long Depression – From 1873 to 1879, 18,000 businesses went bankrupt, including 89 railroads and 10 states, while hundreds of banks failed. The Tower family was in Missouri in 1873 and my great-grandmother, Viola Matilda Tower was born.

That year or the next, the family moved to Arkansas where Abraham Tower was able to get 80 acres of homestead land. They moved from Harrison to Hilltop in Arkansas when Viola Matilda was a baby (according to granddaughter, Bertha McGhee). It took a week to travel there in a wagon. They lived in the wagon until the house was built. Abraham Tower was hired to herd cattle. They lived there until 1879.

Reuben Tower's home place cabin on Gaither Mountain at Harrison AR. (2)

Photo courtesy of 2nd cousin Mike Tower. This is the Tower family home place on Gaither Mountain in Harrison, Arkansas.

The family shifted from Arkansas to Indiana to Missouri again, going back and forth before settling in Tyro, Kansas in 1890. There were several panics and mild recessions in the intervening years, but the family seemed to prosper in Kansas. Then in 1909, Nancy Angeline Tower died of a stroke.

Her daughters had rallied around to take care of her during her illness. Abraham Tower lived another 21 years which included the upheaval of World War I and also the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918.

There was one more milestone in his long life. The stock market crash of 1929 happened the year before his death. I have no idea if the elderly man even owned any stock. By that time, in his nineties, he was living at various times his children by turns.

  • “The Long Depression”. 2018. En.Wikipedia.Org. Accessed May 28 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Depression.

  • Arkansas, Homestead and Cash Entry Patents, Pre-1908 – It is described as 1 NWNE 5TH PM No 18N 22W 25; 2 NENW 5TH PM No 18N 22W 25 (which I need an interpreter to figure out).
  • Pension application # 134884, certificate# 275540

 

 

John H. Martin’s Grave

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Finding a tombstone and researching it was my goal this week. That led me to really take a look at John H. Martin, my 3rd great-grandfather. He is buried in the Chicago Mound Cemetery, which is in Neosho Rapids, Lyon County, Kansas.

John H Martin grave photo by Joe Gibbons

My thanks to Joe Gibbons for this photo of the grave of John H Martin.

The details of his life are taken from the Portrait & Biographical Album of Fulton County, 1890, pages 386-388. I’ve supplemented that with information from census records and other research on Ancestry.com.

John H. Martin – The Early Years

John H. Martin was born near Lexington on February 22, 1789. His father was Hugh Martin, a Virginian, who made one of the Daniel Boone colony in Kentucky. John’s brother, William Martin was the first to be born in that State, with John being born 8 years later. The families in early Kentucky had to live in stockades for several years because of the threat of Indian attack.

John H. Martin – Working Life

John grew up in Kentucky and began school teaching when seventeen years old and “followed that occupation during a great part of his life, adding to it the cultivation of the soil.” It was at age 31 that he married Martha Summers of an “equally good Southern family.” She was a daughter of William Summers, who was born in North Carolina and who is numbered among the early settlers of Kentucky.

In the fall of 1828, Mr. Martin located in Jefferson County, Illinois, teaching there two years. He then moved to Fulton County, spending the winter of the deep snow in Smithfield. Settlers suffered greatly from the prolonged cold and snow.

In the spring of 1831, he bought eighty acres of land in Farmers Township, which he improved, teaching also for years.

In the fall of 1835, he changed his location to Deerfield Township, entering eighty acres on section 1. He was the first Supervisor of Deerfield Township and was Justice of the Peace for years. After a few years, he removed to Fairview, where he clerked. In 1843 he returned to the farm, remaining there until his wife’s death in 1855.

The couple raised five children:

  • Thomas Claggett Martin 1822 – 1887 He moved to Lyon County, Kansas, for the last 22 years of his life.
  • Eliza Ann Martin 1826 – 1899 She married Joshua Weaver, a school director, and lived the whole of her life in Illinois.
  • William Allen Martin 1828 – 1865 Killed at the end of the Civil War.
  • Charles Coleman Martin 1831 – 1886 (my 2nd great-grandfather) Moved to Kansas  in 1867 and farmed adjacent to his brother, Thomas C. Martin.
  • James Henry Martin 1834 – fate unknown, His wife remarried around 1870.
Portrait_biographical_album_of_Fulton_Co_Illinois Internet_Archives - John H. Martin

Portrait Biograhical Album of Fulton County, Illinois (courtesy of Internet Archive)

The Fulton County book gave this information about the children,

Thomas C. died in Emporia, Kan.; Charles C. died in Greenwood County, Kan.; James H. has not been heard of by his friends for some time and his fate is uncertain. William A. enlisted, in 1862, in a Missouri cavalry regiment and became Captain of a company. He served until the close of the war and near Little Rock was shot from ambush, presumably for his money, as he was robbed.

John H. Martin – The Retirement Years

After Martha died, 65-year-old John made his home with his children. He died of pneumonia at the home of his eldest son, in Lyon County, Kansas, on January 28, 1871. He had a long life for that era, dying at the age of 80 years, 2 months, and 6 days. His religion was Presbyterian.

 

  • Read more about the Fulton County “winter of the deep snow” of 1830-1831 and another account.
  • Portrait & Biographical Album of Fulton County, Illinois 1890
    Genealogytrails.Com. Accessed May 21 2020.
  • U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885
  • Further research needed (military records for William A. Martin, the mystery of James Henry Martin’s disappearance, the history of the various places in Illinois where John H. Martin lived, research the Daniel Boone Company, stockade living, the Virginia and North Carolina roots of Hugh Martin and Martha Summers, what was teaching like in early 1800s in Illinois)

Time Travel to 1920

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After watching the movie, Back to the Future, my mind toyed with what year would I want to travel to with a time machine. My first thought was to visit 1920 Caney, Kansas, to peek into the lives of my great-great-grandfather, Abraham Bates Tower, and his granddaughter, Bertha McGhee, one hundred years ago.

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I’m working on separate books for the family about each of their lives. One is a Civil War ancestor and the other is a woman who devoted her life to Native American children in New Mexico and later in Alaska. Both had long lives, living into their 90s.

Since the death of his wife, Abraham Bates Tower, an Anderson Prison survivor from the Civil War, had mostly lived with his daughter Matilda and her husband Samuel Newton McGhee in Tyro, Caney, and Independence, Kansas. At various times, he traveled to Prague, Oklahoma, to stay with his son, Reuben who was called Shorty, or to Indiana to live for a while with his daughter, Mary Waller.

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Abraham Tower, sitting on the running board, on a trip probably to Prague or returning from there. With him are three of his children.

Earlier in 1920, the household included Samuel’s mother, Elsie Jane Evans McGhee, but she died that August. The household now consisted of Roy (age 19), Bertha (age 16), Lelon (age 15), Loren (age 12), Elmer (age 9), Austin (age 7), and Ethel (age 5). Also in the household was a boarder, Leland Henderson, age 18.

Ancestry_com_1920 U.S. Census with ABT and Bertha

Abraham’s son-in-law had a good job as the foreman for the county public roads. Roy and the boarder, Leland Henderson, worked as laborers on the Public Roads. Abraham’s grandson, Clarence McGhee, was back from the war in France, but was married and had his own household.

Abraham Bates Tower was 82 and would live another 10 years. His granddaughter, Bertha was 16, but her high school years had been disrupted by the closing of the school for the 1918 influenza epidemic.

The time machine could take us to Tyro, to see Abraham with his grandchildren and other family members. In this picture, his hands rest on the shoulder of his grandchild, Ethel.

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Time machine graphic courtesy of Pixabay.

Here’s the rest of the family gathered for this rare photo. The two small boys in this photo had their lives changed by polio. Elmer, the taller one, died the next year.  On the right, is Bertha McGhee.

Viola McGhee, Roy, Abraham Tower, Florence Newton, Alice Tower Newton, Helen Newton, Bertha McGhee, Austin, Ethel, Elmer McGhee

If the time machine would let me stay for a bit, I could ask him about the details of his life that elude my research. Time with Bertha would be a big help with my writing about her life as well.

Work for the Widow

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When you are left widowed by the 1918 flu and have 5 children to raise and no breadwinner, you might consider selling perfume and toilet water door-to-door. On May 20th, 1919, that is what Mae Vining opted to do. She invested $4.75 for a Color Plate Outfit which was a catalog of perfumes to sell.

“These larger, colorful catalogs illustrate most of the California Perfume Company products from perfumes to metal cleaners. The stiff-backed catalogs measured 10 1/2 x 15 7/8 inches.” If the California Perfume Company is unfamiliar to you, perhaps the name Avon might ring a bell. That is the modern name for the company.

Here’s the receipt that Mae Butcher received when she signed on to sell the perfumes.

mae butcher 1919 job in sales

Laura Mae Vining Butcher filled out the paperwork to start on May 21st, about five months after the death of her husband. She indicated that she was 33 years old and her former occupation was housekeeping.

Her sales territory was about 400 households in Mooreland, Woodward County, Oklahoma. I’m not sure how likely she might be to get the top rate of 40% on any orders of $40 or more with lesser orders being 30% and 35%. I’m trying to imagine someone in 1915 placing an order of $40 for perfume when the average weekly income in the United States as only $25.61. mae butcher 1919 job page 2

The enrollment form gave suggestions for interacting with the prospective customer. She could start with

“Good morning” (or “Good afternoon,” as the case may be,) Mrs._____, how are you today? May I step in for a few minutes?

The instructions continued with After entrance into the house, and other remarks about weather, children, etc. open up Color Plate Catalog to first page, illustrating perfumes, then to second page, saying,

“I have something very beautiful to show you.

Isn’t that artistic work, Mrs. _____? These perfume packages are certainly as beautiful as could be put up, and the goods inside the bottles are just as fine as the boxes are beautiful. What is your favorite perfume? May I take your order for an ounce or two?

Book perfume and toilet water order. Then turn to other pages. Try to take an order as you go along from each page, before turning over to next page. Demonstrate your sample when you come to that page.

Read aloud the description of any article in which a customer manifests an interest. Keep Color Plates clean, by using index tabs. 

Apparently, there was also an instruction manual. It’s too bad that we don’t have that manual or the sales catalog. I found one online and it’s quite a collector’s item with the value set at $931 (almost as high as the annual salary in 1919).

california perfume company catalog page

This California Perfume Company catalog is available for purchase from Alembic Rare Books (use the link above).

Mae probably saw an advertisement like this one in the Woodward News-Bulletin.
Advertisement recruiting salesperson for California Perfume Company in Woodward CountyAdvertisement recruiting salesperson for California Perfume Company in Woodward County Fri, Apr 24, 1925 – 7 · Woodward News-Bulletin (Woodward, Oklahoma) · Newspapers.com

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