Today we are looking at a receipt from Feb. 1st, 1912. The Coppes, Zook & Mutschler Co. purchased one set (2) sled runners from the concern of JOHN J. WRIGHT, BREMEN, IND, MASHALL COUNTY.
“2 PCS. SLED RUNNERS, 4×4 x 5-10 AT $1.80” was how the invoice read.
To better understand what this actually was we need to know that the C, Z & M Co. was using large horse-drawn sleds in the winter when the ground was frozen to bring logs to their sawmills. These “runners” were 4 inches square by 5 feet 10 inches long. Most certainly these “runners” were steam curved in front and would be fixed with a steel wear plate to make them last longer. Notice that this invoice was signed “O. K.” by JDC (John D. Coppes)
Since publishing this post, we shared it with our friends “down the road” at Historic Bremen, and they shared a little more information about John J. Wright. Take a look at these great photos and captions they provided!