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Title: Huckster in 1910-1911-1912
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A peddler of wares from a grocery store, made one trip a week in a spring wagon with a home made top, a door in back and pulled by one horse.

He carried sugar, flour, dried beans, rice, rolled oats, baking powder, soda, salt and lots of other things.

I don't remember his name but I do remember the stick of candy he carried for the children on his route.

Another peddler who made monthly trips in a Klondike buggy pulled by one horse sold brooms, scoops, spades, hoes, and rakes that hung on the outside. In rainy days everything was covered in a canvas. Inside were nails, screws, bolts and all the other tools the farmer or his wife needed.

For some reason all of us children were afraid of him so we stayed near the house while he was there.

One peddler was Billy Wolf of Attica. He came in wagon with a bed and side boards and a canvas cover that was pulled by two beautiful horses.

Billy made grandma's home his headquarters for three days while he delivered his wares to people in the community. Most of his wares were ordered by letter or gicven to him on his last trip.

Billy sold boots, underwear, bleached and unbleached muslin, outing flannet, dress materia, thread, yarn, blankets, and anything people ordered that he could handle. I remember when Grandma got 12 dining room chairs, which Billy had tied up on top of the canvas. He sold material by the botl, so one time my grandma, her hired girl, and my mother, all three os us girls, all had dress, apron, and Sunday bonnets alike. My brother got a shirt and the scrap went into a quilt.

We (children) weren't afraid of him and loved to help him. Oh, yes, the sack of candy was always in the wagon for us kids.

Another peddler was the one who came once a month and sold spices, extract, soda, baking powder, hand soap, carpet takcs, shoe strings, and lots of things the farm home could use. He took orders and always carried extra good if needed.

Date: 4/1/1990
Origin: Backward Glances
Author: Hettie Kane
Record ID: 00000093
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Entered By: Amber M Knipe

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