Ledger of Credit and Accounts
For Goods Purchased from
In 1901 at His Bakery Located at
After a trip to the South Side of Pittsburgh this Spring, my wife and I were “cruising about” E-bay and found this ledger for a bakery about a block or so from my ancestor’s home on 27t Street and Jane. While I did not find my ancestor, August Funk or his wife Anna, listed within the pages kept, I thought that I could share the information with folks that is there. I should note at the beginning of this – I am not related to this family in any way – nor to any of the others noted within its pages as it turned out. J Nor do I believe that any of these families were veterans of the 74th Pennsylvania Regiment – for which I also maintain a website. If anyone has additional information on these families, I can make a small notation as part of the entry below. Rod Fleck
The Baker and his family
The 1900 Census
for Carson Street reveals a bit more about Henry Schiefer – written as Schefar,
and also as Schaefer, by the census taker, a Mr. James Weaver**. Henry and his wife
In addition to the
Shiefer family, there are also three individuals listed in the house. Bertha Feldner is a 16 year, born on October
1883, who is working as a servant. Her
parents were both born in
The ledger is a simple cloth bound book with D.E. Ledger stamped into the front cover. As can be seen in this picture, the inside cover has the correct spelling of Henry’s name and the year of the ledger. The ledger is kept in a manner where his customers’ accounts are indexed in the front of the book, with a reference to the printed page number where that account is found. If that customer had multiple accounts, he continued their credits and debits onto another printed page. The ledger is for 1901 – however, the dates seem to indicate it being started in the Spring of 1901 and carried over into the Spring of 1902.
Charges are not differentiated between types of goods – the exception being cakes that appear to be 5¢, 12¢, 18¢ and even $1.40 a cake; pies at 9¢; and, rye – but it is a bit hard to determine what the charge was exactly for since the amounts are 9¢, 18¢ and 25¢. Each account and its activities were very different. Some made balance payments every month, some more frequently. Some accounts have entries that appear to indicate quantities – for example, Mr. Bunneta’s account has entries that read: May 5 = 35 = 175. Mr. Bunneta’s account was paid every two weeks with the average payment being $27.88 for the period of 28 Apr – 28 Jul – the account is later continued under “Mrs. Bunneta” and covers the period of 28 Jul – 27 Apr. A similar accounting is used for the Mr. Tobwitz account. The “Milk Depo” account had a discount applied to its balance of about 5% of the total due.
Most of the accounts only have a last name – Mr. or Mrs. XX, occasionally there are other details and those are noted below. Again, if anyone has additional information on these families, I can make a small notation as part of the entry below. Rod Fleck
Mr. Eight – No. 13 – not sure if this was a personal account – no reference or explanation is given.
Mrs. Hagg – may be the family a couple of doors down from the Schiefers on the census.
Milk Depeo – deposits for milk.
Mrs. Bair –
George R. Wert
Mrs. Thomas of
Mrs. Keafer – later written as Kashaf of Edward Alley
Mrs. Reading –
Mrs. Maulia, later Maulla
Mrs. Gennecon, later Jennecon
Mrs. Rinke and later Rinkie of 2913 Carson St.
Mrs. 2913 –
presumably someone at
Mrs. W. Spick
Mr. Madalady, later Madlady
Mrs. Shock, later Schock
Mrs. Mike Sincouf
Mr. Andy Ascon