Courtesy of Meridith Brison, Route 1, Box 192, Millersport, Ohio 43046
Good Hope, Illinois 61438
With permission from George R. Davis of the Democrat-Message newspaper of Mount Sterling, Illinois.
The following Sale Bill was brought to the D-M office by C.E. Ashbaker of Mt. Sterling, who found it among some old papers at his home. Mr. Ashbaker thought that possibly some of our readers had never seen such a publication. It is believed to be well over a hundred years old.
Having sold my farm, and as I am leaving for Oregon territory by oxen team on March 1, 1849, I will sell all of my personal property, except two oxen teams, Buck and Ben and Lon and Jerry, consisting of the gray yokes, 1 baby yoke, 2 ox carts, 1 iron plow with wood mole board, 800 feet of poplar weather boards, 1 ,000 three-foot clapboards, 1,500 ten-foot fence rails, 1 60-gallon soap kettle, 85 sugar troughts made of white ash timber, 10 gallons of maple syrup, 2 spinning wheels, 30 pounds mutton tallow, 1 large loom made by Perry Wilson, 300 poles, 100 split hoops, 100 empty barrels, 1 32-gal-lon of Johnson-Miller whisky, 7 years old, 20 gallons of apple brandy, 1 40-gal-lon copper still, 4 sides of oak-tanned leather, I gallon wooden pitchforks and one-half interest in tan yards, 1 32 caliber rifle, bullet molds and powder horn, rifle made by Ben Miller, 50 gallons of soft hams, bacon and lard, 40 gallons of sorghum molasses, 6 head of fox hounds all soft mouthed but one. At the same time, I will sell my 6 regreslaves; 2 men, 35 and 50 years old; 2 boys, 12 and 1 year old, two muliatio, wenches 40 and 30 years old. Will sell together to same party, as I will not separate them.
Terms of sale: Cash in hand or note to draw 4 percent interest with Bob McConnel security. My home is two miles south of Versailles Kentucky on McConnel ferry pike. Sale will begin at 8 o'clock a.m. Plenty to eat and drink.
A 2 cycle Detroit engine at the Stumptown Steam Threshers Reunion, September 10, 1967 at New Athens, Ohio. Engine owned and restored by Wayne Brannon, 1400 East Ivy St., Coshocton, Ohio.
Here is power cheaper than gasoline. This little windmill is a salesman's sample of a well-known make and is owned by George W. Hafacker, 3633 Four-Mile N.W., Grand Rapids, Michigan. George is on the right and I am on the left.