By GENE ESPY
James Battles, Chattoogaville, found a trove of old documents, receipts, advertising items and other items in the estate of his grandfather, M. D. Battles, Chattoogaville, who also served as Constable and Justice of the Peace. The papers were left to Harold Battles, James’ father.
James Battles brought the items into The Summerville News to show them and the paper decided it wanted to print some of them for readers to enjoy.
One of the documents was a price list that was too faded to print from Brittain Bros. Company, wholesale and retail bargain list from 1913.
Some of the items and their prices were: 20 pounds of granulated sugar for $1; 10 bars of Woodchuck Soap for 25 cents; a 25-cent Briar Pipe for 18 cents; $4.50 Oak Beds for $2.98; 65-cent Zinc Wash Tub for 48 cents; $4.50 Combination Mattress for $2.98; 75-cent Ladies’ Handbags for 48 cents; 35-cent Poplin for 25 cents and 25-cent Simmons Liver Medicine for 10 cents.
COOSA RIVER NEWS
A copy of the Coosa River News dated April 27, 1900, from Centre, Ala. was in the documents.
One of the stories was an article printing the diary of a Centre man who was killed at Chickamauga.
Another document was an express pre-paid Order blank from Brown & Hagin Co., Inc. Distillers and Wholesale Liquor Dealers from Chattanooga, Tenn.
They had numerous kinds of liquors listed on the back and their prices. Some were Rocky Mountain Corn Whiskey for $2.40 a gallon; Mallory Springs Rye Whiskey for $3.40 a gallon or 48 half pints for $10; No. 3 Apple Brandy for $2.40 a gallon; Old Tom Gin, $2.40 a gallon; bottled in bond whiskey, Lynchburg, $3.80 for four quarts and Lincoln County Whiskies, White Oak, $4 for four quarts.
A letter written on a letterhead for Brock Candy Company in Chattanooga written in 1923 was in the documents. The letter was to “Send as many peas (pole cat) up to a half bushel as you can to H. E. Stewart, RFD No. 1, Ooltewah, Tenn.” The rest of the letter was asking about family members.
A price lists for A. J. Bingham Distillers, Distributor and Wholesale Malt Liquor Dealer in Chattanooga was also in the documents. It also listed the liquors available on the back and their prices. They had the same whiskies as the Brown & Hagin Company above but with different names. Some of the names were: Race Horse Tennessee Whiskey, Old North Carolina Corn Whiskey (white or yellow), Purity Gin, Jackson County Apple Brandy; Muscatel Wine, Rock and Rye Wine and Old Ripey and Old Boon Bonded whiskey.
A cotton book of Chapman Brothers, Lyerly, Cotton Ginners was also in the documents. It as an orange booklet about three by five inches where people could keep up with the cotton they sold to the ginners and the price they were paid.
Two Chattooga County Tax Collector bills were in the documents, one from 1913 and the other from 1914. The 1913 bill was for $1 poll tax and a property tax bill for 70 cents; the 1914 tax bill was for
property taxes in the amount of 20 cents.
Another document was a receipt from the Bank of Lyerly for the payment of $162.00 in 1913.
A Happy New Year ad from a newspaper was from Old XXXX Holly Leaf Whiskey, four quarts for $2.75. it was from 1914.
A letter from Scott Price Distillery in Chattanooga in 1913 to a Lyerly man said: “No doubt you are “all up in the air.” Don’t know whether you can buy whiskey or not. How or where to get it. Well let me tell you, we are still doing business at the same old stand and looking after the welfare of our friends and customers.”
The Scott Price Distillery also had sent an order form for Cream of Kentucky “Thee” Whiskey. “Thee” Whiskey was explained as “having all the mellow richness and fine flavor that judges demand. For household purposes, it has no rivals. For the man who wants something extra fine for any occasion, it is unequaled.”
D. D. Dover, agent, Lyerly had a price list for Virginia Carolina Chemical Company. Some of their products were Fish Guano, Meal Guano, Cotton Fertilizer, Bone and Potash, Acid Phosphate and Nitrate of Soda and many others.
There were many other documents in the trove of memorabilia. Some are pictured on this page.