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From The Historian's Desk
Grange Grocery House

By Edith Schoell, State Historian

  MAY 2, 2011 --

In the Proceedings of the Twenty-First Session of the Connecticut State Grange, there is an ad for The Patrons’ Grocery House.

Thornton Barnes, Wholesale Grocer, 223 North Water St., Philadelphia, PA. was the authorized grocery house of the Connecticut State Grange.

It reads “We are pleased to inform the Patrons that our house is the authorized Grocery House of the Connecticut State Grange, being under contract with the Executive Committee to supply the Patrons of Connecticut with groceries, sugars, syrups, molasses, teas, coffees,  spices, etc., in fact, everything in the grocery line, at the lowest wholesale prices.  We fill all orders from Granges or Patrons when the same are under seal of Grange and signed by the Master and Secretary of the Grange, and, upon receipt of the goods and found satisfactory, payment can be made within thirty days from date of bills; we do not expect payment until you receive the goods and find them satisfactory…..We guarantee to please you in quality of goods, and at the lowest wholesale price.  We are now filling many orders for groceries from Patrons in Connecticut.  If you desire information in regard to our manner of doing business with Patrons, or prices on groceries, or freight rates, do not fail to write us, as we endeavor to answer all letters promptly.”

Sounds like a good deal.  Too bad this type of business did not survive.  In case you are wondering about the date, it was in 1906.


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