West Virginia General Store Ledger (Daybook), 1879-1880
McCrum, L. L (store owner)
0.15 cubic feet: 1 box
Aurora (W. Va.)
This ledger is the daybook of a general store in West Virginia. Though not unquestionably identified as to owner or location, internal evidence points to L. L. McCrum, whose first name was probably Lloyd, as the owner, and Aurora, West Virginia as the location of the store. Aurora is on route 50 about six miles west of the Maryland-West Virginia border in Garrett County, Maryland. An occasional page in the ledger is headed "Aurora, West Virginia" in addition to the date. There are also occasional notes addressed to L.L. McCrum, headed "Aurora, West Virginia" and dated. These ask that merchandise of cash be provided to the bearer and billed to the signer of the note. At least one is addressed to Lloyd McCrum instead of L.L. McCrum.
Entries in this daybook begin September 3, 1879 and end December 22, 1880. The store seems to have provided for most of the needs of the community. It acted as a post office, selling stamps, envelopes and stationery; as a bank advancing cash and adding the amount to the customer's account; as a pharmacy supplying medicines; a book store for school texts; a hardware store; a dry goods store and clothing store. There is an entry for an organ and another for violin strings. There are transactions relating to game, e.g.,venison, wild turkeys, pheasants. County accounts are entered by number, are for higher amounts than most of the individual accounts, and are not broken down by items. There are occasional entries authorized for individuals by
the overseer for the poor. Most of the entries are in ink, some in pencil, and are legible.
West Virginia General Store Ledger (Day Book), 142, AC NMAH