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1880 Receipt for a Steam Boiler

Here is another interesting receipt from our treasury of old Coppes paper items. On March 24th, 1880, the sawmill of J. C. Mellinger and Company of Nappanee Ind. ordered one steam Boiler from the Chicago company of “ROCHESTER MACHINERY M’FG CO., Dealers in PORTABLE & STATIONARY ENGINES AND SAWMILLS, wood and iron working machinery, saws, belting. Etc.”

steam boiler receipt

The description of the boiler is “one 35 horse power # 7 stationary tubular boiler with 2nd hand [?????] with fixtures complete with stack  –  including 1 – #15 Jasperator (sp) fitted to boiler. Also 1 Smoke Stack 40ft X22” + guy rods.” 

This package was priced at $688.00. The company received a $25.00 discount for paying in cash. At the sale, the company paid $363.00 in cash, with a 4-month “note” for the remaining $300.00.

Note at the bottom of the receipt is marked “Paid” and signed by H. C. Wormer Treasure & Manager.

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Spindle Carver Wanted in 1906

evening press receipt

Here is a Mar. 27th, 1906 receipt from the “THE EVENING NEWS CO. GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.” In which they are wanting payment [from Coppes, Zook & Mutschler Co.] for placing an advertisement in their paper. The ad. read “Wanted – A spindle carver, thoroughly competent and responsible; steady work; state experience and wages expected.       Coppes, Zork (sp) & Neutschler (sp) Co., Nappanee, Ind.

This ad. appeared six times in their paper and cost $1.32. The company wanted an experienced workman to operate a “spindle carver” machine. Was this a new machine in the C, Z & M Co. operations?  Likely, the company did not have anyone experienced with this machine and decided to look in the “furniture capital of the world” for an experienced workman that the company would then try to lure away from his job to a new town. Wonder what the rubber stamp “PLEASE DO NOT REMIT IN STAMPS.” Is about? Have enough people tried to pay their accounts with stamps (postage?) that they needed to make and use a rubber stamp.