File 10 - Day book : July 24, 1902-July 20, 1903.

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Day book : July 24, 1902-July 20, 1903.

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  • 1902-1903 (Creation)
    Kriesel, William

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William Kriesel owned the first hardware store in New Dundee, Ontario. He bought the building for his stove and tinware store in 1871 from the estate of the original owner, John Millar, for $1,200. He operated the hardware store from 1871 to 1906, and then passed the business on to his son, Bert Kriesel, who operated it from 1906 to 1912. Several prominent New Dundee business owners' names appear in Kriesel's day books and ledgers, including furniture maker Andrew Poth, carriage maker J.M. Weber [ie. Webber], harness maker A.B. McRae, flour mill owner E.W.B. Snider [ie. Snyder], butcher Charles Hiller, woolen mill owner Charles Kaufman, and the Kolebrenner brother blacksmiths. Sources: Hilborn, Miriam. "The E.T. Coleman Hardware Store in New Dundee." Waterloo Historical Society 50 (1962): 79; New Hamburg-Wilmot Township Centennial Committee. More than a century in Wilmot Township. New Hamburg: The Committee, 1967; and The Union Publishing Co's (of Ingersoll) Farmers' and Business Directory for the Counties of Peel, Waterloo and Wellington, 1893, Vol. VII. Union Publishing Company of Ingersoll, 1893.

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Contains 1 day book (400 pages) for the William Kriesel stoves and tinware store (hardware store) from 1902-1903. Daily entries include names and corresponding ledger page numbers for customers, with a description of what they bought, whether they paid for it, the prices and quantities of items bought, and whether customers paid by cash or by eggs, rags, beef, pork, butter, teaming supplies from St. Petersburg to New Dundee, wood, oats, flour, hay, or similar materials.

Kriesel indicates what he has sold by writing "To" and then the items, and how the person paid by writing "By" and then the method of payment, he also writes "cash sale not charged" when the sale does not apply to a customer's account.

Customer names include Cassel, E.H. Thamer, Philip Poth, Charles Kaufman, J.M. Weber [ie. Webber], J. Kriesel & Co., Wilmot Township Council, Ch. Kavelman, and other notable New Dundee business people.

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