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1900 Grocery List, D.O. Matthews Hardware 

(Contributed by Ruth Dawson and Cindy Whirley Nelson.)

Reprinted from the Tishomingo County News, Centennial Edition, Thursday, June 23, 1983 (spelling and abbreviation quoted per article).

This is a grocery list and hardware items bought by David Nathaniel Dawson, better known as "Dee", from D.O. Matthews, who owned a hardware store in Iuka, Mississippi. The list includes purchases from January 24, 1900, through October 24, 1900. To appreciate the cost of these items, which seem so cheap, one must realize that hard labor paid no more than .50 to $1.00 per day.

D.N. Dawson was married to Sarah Alice Mauldin on December 22, 1886. They had two children, Sidney and Frank, who were small at the time. Mr. Dawson owned and operated a cotton, gin, sawmill, and later a country store near the Dawson home on Highway 25 North of Tishomingo.

It was a common practice for the Dee Dawson’s to open their home to friends, as well as strangers, and "put them up for the night", when they were prevented from crossing Cripple Deer Creek because of the flooding. They were traveling between Iuka and Belmont by wagon and horseback.

Lifelong friends were made as a result of these courtesies extended Highway 25 travelers. Some are still around today who remember the hazards of traveling old Highway 25 and the hospitality the Dawsons afforded all travelers.

IUKA, MISSISSIPPI

OCTOBER 24, 1900

BOUGHT OF D.O. MATTHEWS  

JANUARY 24, 1 plow, $2.25  

FEBY.  9 2 1/2 bu. oats, $1.38, $3.63.  Feby. 26 - Pr. Bits, .10; bul. flour, $5.00; 3# tobacco, .90 - $6.00; SK. Brau. $1.10 - cash $5.50 - $6.60.

MARCH 10 - Par. boys shoes, $1.35; March 13 - 2 sax phosphate, $3.60; 2 lbs. tobacco, .60 - $4.20; potatoes, - .25; snuff, .25; gal. sets, .45 -..95; March 28 - 1 sk. oxflood, $2.00; 2 chains, $1.25 - $3.25.

APRIL 7 - 3 yds. pant goods, .88; (9) thread, .5 - .93; April 9 - Par, shoes, $1.65; tobacco, .30 - $1.95; April 24 - Par. Shoes, $1.25; collar, .35 - $1.60; tobacco, .30; vails, .15; 2 shirts, $1.10 - $1.55.

MAY 5 - Bul. flour, $5.00; gal. oil, .25 - $5.25; 1 lb. tobacco, .35; bx. snuff, .10 - .95l mules shoes & nails, .20; coffee, .50; matches, .15 - .84.

JUNE 2 - 3 yds. Pant goods, .75; 1 lb. tobacco, .35 - $1.10; June 15 - tobacco, .30,; snuff, .25; coffee, .35 - .90; June 23 - Tobacco, .60 - .60.

JULY 7 - Tobacco, .66; bal. on snuff, .8 - .63; doz. fruit jar, $1.10; coffee, .50 - $1.60; July 21 - sugar, .50; tobacco, .20; H.S. nails, .85 - .85; par. suspenders, .50; soda, .5 - .55.

AUG. 1 - Collar & pad, $1.75l hat, $1.00 - $2.75; August 9 - starch, .5; tobacco, .35 - .40; August 16 - 201 lbs. corn, $2.25; bu. corn, .65 - $2.90; 174 lb. sk. corn, $1.90; August 31 - box snuff, .25; (Sept. 3) axle greese (grease), .5 - .30.

SEPTEMBER 3 - 3 Pr. mule shoes, .25; tobacco, .25 - .50; $1.92; September 6 - Pr. shoes, $1.30; cash, $1.00 - $2.30; September 8 - coffee, .25 - .25 September 13 - 170 lbs. corn, $1.83; tobacco, .25 - $2.08; September 17 - 1/2 bu. corn, .32; 144 # corn, $1.55 - $1.87; September 22 - tobacco, .25; snuff, .10; soda, .5 - .40; September 28 - Bkt. axle greese (grease), .20; tobacco, .25 - .45; cash, $1.00. CREDIT, $64.76; HAULING, $20.46; CASH $44.30.

 

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