January 29, 2011

Shoemaker's Ledger, Lunenburg Nova Scotia

Entries Jan. 23-31, 1897-1919


Several years ago I purchased an account book kept by a local shoemaker living in or near the communities of CrossCreek and Ritsey's Cove, Lunenburg Nova Scotia. There are no identifying notations to tell me who the shoemaker was, so I researched the names of his customers found in the book. I found them all living in CrossCreek and Ritsey's Cove so I assume the shoemaker lived nearby.

The entries I read date from 1897 to 1919. There may be some earlier or later - they are not in date order. Whoever kept the account book decided to keep track of money owed and paid by family. Each family has its own page (or pages) and shoe repairs and purchases are noted throughout the years the family used the service.
The shoemaker's ledger book is 17x7 inches and there are 212 pages covering 22 years. Continuing on with Jan. 23-31 entries, all years:

Jan-26 1897 John Risser Pair boots - Morris $2.25


Jan-26 1897 Nathan Hirtle pair boots - John $2.00

Jan-27 1897 David Conrad Pair boots soled, healed - Thom 15 c

Jan-27 1897 David Conrad Pair boots patched - Eldrage 20 c

Jan-28 1898 Henry Knock pair boots repaired 45 c

Jan-28 1898 Zenas Conrad pair boots $5.25

Jan-27 1899 Chemanna Winter's pair boots repaired - Morris 20 c

Jan-30 1900 Henry Garredt pair boots boy $4.00

Jan-25 1900 Daniel Zink of Lewis 1 shoe patched - Mrs. 10 c

Jan-25 1900 Nattie Knock pair shoes soled healed - Bell 55c

Jan-25 1900 Nattie Knock pair shoes repaired - Bell 25c

Jan-27 1900 Freeman Zink pair boots repaired 50c cash. $1.25

Jan-27 1900 Henry Garredt pair boots Willas $5.25

Jan-27 1900 Nattie Knock pair boots $5.25

Jan-29 1900 Eldredge Conrad pair boots soled healed 75c

Jan-29 1900 John Knock Pair shoes repaired - girl 60c

Jan-31 1901 Obadiah Zink pair boots soled 35c

Jan-23 1901 Nathan Hirtle pair shoes - Mrs. $1.75

Jan-25 1901 James Risser pair boots patched - Alton 25c

Jan-29 1901 David Conrad pair shoes - Mrs. $2.50

Jan-29 1901 Thomas Conrad pair shoes soled healed 70c

Jan-29 1901 Uriah Mosman pair boots - Simon $5.50

Jan-26 1909 Solomon Creeser pair shoes patched - Mrs. 15c

Jan-24 1910 Albert Wentzel pair shoes soled healed - Mrs. 45c

Jan-24 1910 Benjam Ritcey 1 boot patched - Leota 15c

Jan-24 1910 Stephen Ritcey Pair shoes repaired 10c

Jan-26 1910 Freeman Himmelman pair shoes soled healed - Perl 40c

Jan-26 1910 Melburn Lohnes pair shoes soled healed 75c

Jan-26 1910 Samuel Ritcey pair shoes repaired - Russel 10c

Jan-27 1910 Aseph Conrad pair shoes soled healed patched - Freddie 65c

Jan-28 1910 Freeman Himmelman pair shoes soled healed - Perl 40c

Jan-31 1911 Edward Creaser Est. pair of shoes repaired for Bertie $.25

Jan-31 1911 Harry Godley pair shoes repaired - Kenneth 25c

Jan-23 1911 Harry Godley pair shoes soled healed repaired 45c

Jan-24 1911 Archibald Conrad 1 shoe repaired - girl 15c

Jan-24 1911 Aseph Conrad pair shoes soled healed - Freddie 65c

Jan-24 1911 Thomas Ritcey pair shoes healed 25c

Jan-26 1911 Aseph Conrad 1 shoe repaired - Mrs. 10c

Jan-27 1911 Daniel Lohnes pair shoes healed - Mina 15c

Jan-28 1911 Josiah Wentzel one piece of leather $.25

Jan-28 1911 Solomon Creeser pair shoes repaired 40c

Jan-24 1912 Freeman Creeser pair shoes patched - May 10c

Jan-25 1912 Milton Ritcey pair overboots soled heeled 85c

Jan-27 1912 Samuel Ritcey harness job 10c

Jan-30 1913 Ritchard S. Lohnes pair shoes repaired - Libbie 15x

Jan-24 1913 Naman Wentzel pair shoes repaired - Mother 20c

Jan-25 1913 Benjiman Wentzel pair shoes repared - Eley 15c

Jan-29 1913 Ellen Conrad pair shoes healed 15c

Jan-29 1913 Samuel Ritcey pair shoes soled healed - Freda 40c

Jan-29 1913 Thomas Ritcey pair shoes soled healed - Dora 40c

Jan-30 1914 Daniel Lohnes 1 rubber repaired - Dora 10c

Jan-31 1914 Alven Creaser pair Caregon bottomed $1.50

Jan-31 1914 Samuel Ritcey a boot patched 10c

Jan-23 1914 Aseph Conrad pair boots soled heeled 90c

Jan-29 1914 Ritchard S. Lohnes pair shoes soled - Seasel [sic - should be Cecil?] 65c

Jan-30 1915 Daniel Ritcey pair shoes soled healed - Boy 80c

Jan-30 1915 William Woolf pair shoes soled heeled sewed - Merlean 80c

Jan-23 1915 Enas Smith pair shoes repaired Emly 25c

Jan-28 1915 Edward Creaser Est 1 shoe repaired - Ethel 15c

Jan-28 1915 Willet Creaser pair of boots soled and heeled one dollar

Jan-29 1915 Henry Creeser, carpenter pair boots soled 65c

Jan-29 1915 Solomon Creaser pair shoes shheeled - Clara 15c

Jan-31 1916 Charles Ritcey 1 shoe repaired - Mrs 15c

Jan-24 1916 Ritchard Lohnes Capt 1 shoe patched - Ronald 10c

Jan-28 1916 Alvin Creaser pair shoes soled heeled - Donald 45c

Jan-29 1916 Ritchard Lohnes Capt 1 shoe patched - Ronald 10c

Jan-24 1917 Solomon Creaser pair shoes repaired - Mrs. 25c

Jan-25 1917 Ritchard S. Lochnes putting on skates 10c

Jan-23 1918 Ritchard Lohnes Capt pair shoes soled heeled - Rhonald $1.00

Jan-25 1918 Harry Godley one shoe repaired - boy 15c

Jan-29 1918 Reuben Ritcey pair shoes soled heeled - Wallas $1.40

Jan-30 1919 Archibald Conrad one shoe soled - boy 25c

Jan-24 1919 Charles Ritcey pair boots patched - Harry 45c

Jan-24 1919 Gabriel Himmelman hair cut - Paul 25c

2 comments:

Lyn said...

I love stuff like this!
That's really neat.

And Lunenburg is so beautiful :)

mhelmantoler said...

My ancestor Andrew Casey born 1790 was a shoemaker that came to Halifax Nova Scotia in 1818 from Mitchelstown Cork, Ireland. He moved on to Washington DC in 1830 then to St. Louis MO to practice his trade. Did the Catholics shoemakers keep great records like this?