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Collection Number: 04913

Collection Title: Grant Arledge Papers (#4913) 1899-1936

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Size 28 items (0.5 linear feet)
Abstract Grant Arledge was a farmer in Flat Rock, N.C. He raised cows and other animals; planted tobacco, potatoes, and other crops; cut and sold lumber; and manufactured and sold wine and spirits. Chiefly account books, 1899-1936, of Grant Arledge of Flat Rock, N.C, in which Arledge kept farm records, including notes on crops grown (tobacco, potatoes), livestock (calving, breeding, pasturing of cows), and other farm activities (wood cut and sold, fertilizers applied, beehives maintained). Also included are notes, some in the style of short diary entries, that include documentation of daily activities; recipes; and general facts and useful information. There is also much information that falls under the title "wet goods sold." Arledge was an active moonshiner, producing and selling non-tax-paid wine and liquor; the books list ingredients purchased, recipes for various concoctions, and when and to whom products were made and sold. Almost all of the books are account/memo books given away by banks, fertilizer companies, and other institutions. Most of these books include printed advertisements for goods and services offered by the company that distributed them. Many of Arledge's books were kept in Pierce's Memorandum and Account Books, distributed by R. V. Pierce's World's Dispensary Medical Association of Buffalo, N.Y. These books include advertisements for Pierce's patent medicines (especially the "Golden Medical Discovery," which claimed to be effective against any number of ailments) and other services, including Pierce's Invalid's Hotel and urine analysis labs. Also included are general health and beauty tips and testimonials from satisfied customers, many with photographs.
Creator Arledge, Grant
Language English.
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Received from Benjamin Carmichael Sumner of Savannah, Ga., in March 1998 (Acc. 98033).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Grant Arledge was a farmer in Flat Rock, N.C. He raised cows and other animals; planted tobacco, potatoes, and other crops; cut and sold lumber; and manufactured and sold wine and spirits.

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Chiefly account books, 1899-1936, of Grant Arledge of Flat Rock, N.C., in which Arledge kept farm records, including notes on crops grown (tobacco, potatoes), livestock (calving, breeding, pasturing of cows), and other farm activities (wood cut and sold, fertilizers applied, beehives maintained). Also included are notes, some in the style of short diary entries, that include documentation of daily activities; recipes; and general facts and useful information.

There is also much information that falls under the title "wet goods sold." Arledge was an active moonshiner, producing and selling non-tax-paid wine and liquor; the books list ingredients purchased, recipes for various concoctions, and when and to whom products were made and sold.

Names mentioned include Pink Case, who seems to have been a coworker or helper (he is routinely charged for board), and Polk King, who appears to have been a frequent client, but who also was involved in the theft of a still in 1925.

Almost all of the books are account/memo books given away by banks, fertilizer companies, and other institutions. Most of these books include printed advertisements for goods and services offered by the company that distributed them. Many of Arledge's books were kept in Pierce's Memorandum and Account Books, distributed by Dr. R. V. Pierce's World's Dispensary Medical Association of Buffalo, N.Y. These books include advertisements for Pierce's patent medicines (especially the "Golden Medical Discovery", which claimed to be effective against any number of ailments) and other services, including Pierce's Invalid's Hotel and urine analysis labs. Also included are general health and beauty tips and testimonials from satisfied customers, many with photographs.

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28 items.

Arrangement: chronological by last date appearing in item.

Chiefly account books, 1899-1936, of Grant Arledge of Flat Rock, N.C., in which Arledge kept farm records, including notes on crops grown (tobacco, potatoes), livestock (calving, breeding, pasturing of cows), and other farm activities (wood cut and sold, fertilizers applied, beehives maintained). Also included are notes, some in the style of short diary entries, including documentation of document daily activities; recipes; and general facts and useful information.

There is also much information that falls under the title "wet goods sold." Arledge was an active moonshiner, producing and selling non-tax-paid wine and liquor; the books list ingredients purchased, recipes for various concoctions, and when and to whom products were made and sold.

Names mentioned include Pink Case, who seems to have been a coworker or helper (he is routinely charged for board), and Polk King, who appears to have been a frequent client, but who also was involved in the theft of a still in 1925.

Books are listed by gross dates of the contents (note that dates appearing on the covers of many of the books rarely match the actual dates appearing in the contents). Almost all of the books are account/memo books given away by banks, fertilizer companies, and other institutions. Most of these books include printed advertisements for goods and services offered by the company that distributed them. Many of Arledge's books were kept in Pierce's Memorandum and Account Books, distributed by Dr. R. V. Pierce's World's Dispensary Medical Association of Buffalo, N.Y. These books include advertisements for Pierce's patent medicines (especially the "Golden Medical Discovery", which claimed to be effective against any number of ailments) and other services, including Pierce's Invalid's Hotel and urine analysis labs. Also included are general health and beauty tips and testimonials from satisfied customers, many with photographs. The type of book is noted in the item descriptions.

Folder 1

1899-1900: a few pages of Bible quotes; practical information, including how big a flue should be ("Calendar for 1899 & 1900"; in Pierce's Memorandum and Account Book). #04913, Series: "Volumes, 1899-1936 " Folder 1

Folder 2

1913-1914: general accounts; fertilizer and other recipes (no title; in Acorn Stove & Ranges book). #04913, Series: "Volumes, 1899-1936 " Folder 2

Folder 3

1916-1920: chiefly cow records--calving, breeding, pasturing; general accounts; addresses ("Cow Record"; in The Oliver (Oliver Chilled Plow Works) book). Enclosure: "Mrs. Grant Due" account, 1919. #04913, Series: "Volumes, 1899-1936 " Folder 3

Folder 4

1919-1921: general accounts; information relating to cows, corn shucked, gallons sold, hauling, lumber (no title; in Commercial Bank, Henderson, N.C., book). #04913, Series: "Volumes, 1899-1936 " Folder 4

Folder 5

1921-1922: a few mash, plowing, and lumber records (no title; no covers; pages marked "Time--Week ending"). #04913, Series: "Volumes, 1899-1936 " Folder 5

Folder 6

1912; 1923-1925: wood and other accounts (no title; in Deering Harvester Company memorandum book). Enclosure: newspaper advertisement from the Companion Corresponding Club, Boaz , Kentucky, offering a list of "pretty girl members who wish to marry," dated "Jan 11th 1912" on verso. #04913, Series: "Volumes, 1899-1936 " Folder 6

Folder 7

1925-1926: wood, brandy and other "wet goods"; Pink Case accounts; general accounts ("1925 & 1926 Wood and other accounts"; in Pierce's Memorandum and Account Book). #04913, Series: "Volumes, 1899-1936 " Folder 7

Folder 8

1924-1927: story of stolen still (see also folder 19); wet goods sold ("Pink Cases account to Date"; in Asheville Seed Company book). #04913, Series: "Volumes, 1899-1936 " Folder 8

Folder 9

1924-1929: general accounts; wood; whiskey ("General accounts"; in Pierce's Memorandum and Account Book). Enclosures: "Wet Goods Sold. 1924, 1925"; addresses, undated. #04913, Series: "Volumes, 1899-1936 " Folder 9

Folder 10

1911-1930: chiefly cow records--calving, breeding, pasturing; a few family records, including death of U. S. Arledge in 1924 and "Mother Died on Dr. Mooney Farm. Aug the 15 1923 Wednesday 8 PM"; wet goods sold; miscellaneous other notations ("New Cow Record, 1920-1924"; in The Oliver (Oliver Chilled Plow Works) book). #04913, Series: "Volumes, 1899-1936 " Folder 10

Folder 11

1927-1930: chiefly wood sold ("Wood Sold 1928 & 29 & 30"; in Pierce's Memorandum and Account Book). Enclosure: notes on rye "to be distilled on Big Hungry," 1927, and accounts, 1929. #04913, Series: "Volumes, 1899-1936 " Folder 11

Folder 12

1927-1931: wet goods sold; record of potato plants; wood sold; record of automobile plate and note, "April 30 1929, traded my Ford car for a Chevrolet ... " ("Full Aug 24 '31"; in Etiwan Fertilizer Company book). #04913, Series: "Volumes, 1899-1936 " Folder 12

Folder 13

1931: general accounts and notes ("Account Book. Jethro Jones. Ben Holbert. Jay Parris & others"; in Beauty, Milady's Notebook from Dr. Pierce's Clinic). #04913, Series: "Volumes, 1899-1936 " Folder 13

Folder 14

1931-1932: wet and other accounts ("1931 1932 Wet Goods Account Sold"; in The Oliver (Oliver Chilled Plow Works) book). #04913, Series: "Volumes, 1899-1936 " Folder 14

Folder 15

1932: aphorisms; "bits of N.C. history"; general notes and accounts; addresses ("Neal Jones work on car"; in Weaver Organs book.) #04913, Series: "Volumes, 1899-1936 " Folder 15

Folder 16

1930-1933: general accounts; record of time worked; "Sept 23 1932 Received check from the comptroller of the Treasury for $68.00 and 76 cents ... as dividend in the Failure of the citizens National Bank of Hendersonville" ("Calendar for 1901 & 1902. Wood Sold Year 1930"; in Pierce's Memorandum and Account Book). #04913, Series: "Volumes, 1899-1936 " Folder 16

Folder 17

1933-1934: "wet goods sold"; cow records; general accounts ("Calendar for 1898 & 1899. Wet Goods Sold Year 1933 & 1934"; in Pierce's Memorandum and Account Book). Enclosures: Pink Case accounts 1926 (2 pages); "April 1929 Wet Goods Made." #04913, Series: "Volumes, 1899-1936 " Folder 17

Folder 18

1933-1935: record of fertilizers used; general accounts; bee hives; account of shooting at cow barn ("Fertilizer used year 1933"; in Armours Fertilizers book). #04913, Series: "Volumes, 1899-1936 " Folder 18

Folder 19

1925-1936: general notes and facts; recipes for cordials, etc.; note on Polk King stealing "still outfit" in 1925 (see also folder 8) (no title; in A. D. Adair and McCarty Bros. (fertilizer manufacturer) book). #04913, Series: "Volumes, 1899-1936 " Folder 19

Folder 20

1934-1936: wet goods sold; records of work on house, tobacco, cows, whiskey, wine ("Account year 1934 and 1935"; in Pierce's Memorandum and Account Book). #04913, Series: "Volumes, 1899-1936 " Folder 20

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Processing Information

Microfilm copy available (1 reel).

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