Weekly Update

Greetings fellow historians and history lovers! Here are a few notes for you to remember:

Reminiscences: Volume 8 is here and waiting for you! This year's installment features a variety of items to interest you, including a wonderful article on the King family who generously endow the Society and Museum, and with which we are able to do so much to further Easton history. Be sure to get your edition! The Town of Easton Community Calendar is here also, sponsored by the North Easton Savings Bank. This great community resource follows the school calendar year, and includes much information about the Town, boards and committees, Easton schools, and many Easton groups. Schedules, holidays, meeting information, and of course Easton Historical Society events will be at your fingertips. This year the cover features Easton postcards, and Ed Hands has a terrific article on the painting installed in the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall. Our fall bottle and can drive, held in memory of Ken Martin, will be held on Saturday, September 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. I'll remind you next week. Save those bottles and cans, all those nickels add up! Finally, one of the things from our last open house was some household receipts from the family of Paul Anderson, who lived on Reynolds Street. These papers date from the 1920's to the 1930's. At first they may seem a bit mundane. However, a closer look gives us an insight into early 20th Century Easton through the eyes of one family. Here is a small selection from those papers: John O. Dean Company, 1 bag of mash, 1 bag of scratch, 25 pounds of shells, (all needed for chicken farming), $6.68. Also from J. O. Dean, 1 elm tree, $3.20. McCarthy Coal Co., 4375 pounds of coal, $40.81 Langwater Dairy, 22 quarts of milk at 15 cents a quart, $3.30; and 3/4 quart of cream, 90 cents. Anton Christensen, a Randall Street dairy farmer, 32 quarts of milk at 13 cents a quart. J. W. Erickson, meat dealer: bacon (20 cents), milk (7 cents) and 3 pork chops (90 cents). The Spic and Span Store (45 Main Street) 2 pounds of butter ($1.06), peach preserves (25 cents) and two packs of cigarettes (30 cents!). Finally, from O'Connor's News Store, a sale of a Freed-Eisemann NR-7 radio receiver, taken on credit and with a trade in, for $165.00 in 1925. Payments took about a year for this high end tube radio, a proud piece for any home! Hope you all have a great weekend! Frank

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