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Deciphering an account book
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I am looking for some help deciphering an account book from a grist mill that existed in LaSalle County, Illinois in the late 1830s and 40s. Attached is a zoomed-in page. Obviously the first column is the date, followed by name. The 3rd column usually has a number in the 30s followed by a “#” (no clue what this means). This is followed by “Bushels,” “lbs,” “kind” (probably spring or winter), “Flour,” “brand” (it looks like bran, but on every other page it is clearly brand), and “total”. Would anyone know what the mill owner is logging down here? I don’t know if this was volume ground, sold, or bought. I’m not sure why the flour column does not seem to be associated with the other columns. I have about 2 ½ years of this data and I’d like to be able to properly interpret what is happening here. Thank you in advance for any help! wduerkes@yahoo.com
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