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George S. Homer, the son of carpenter and ship builder George Homer, was born in 1838 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. In 1859, he was employed as a clerk at the offices of Sylvanus Thomas & Company of New Bedford, a merchant firm which, in about 1860, entered into the business of manufacturing oil and candles. By 1867, Homer had become a partner with Thomas, and later carried on the business in partnership with his brother, Frederick A. Homer, following Thomas' death in 1866. In addition to his oil business, which was known simply by his name, George S. Homer was also active as president or director of several area manufacturing companies, banks, and the New Bedford Board of Trade. He retired from business prior to his death in 1912.
The business activities of George S. Homer are reflected in day books, ledgers, and invoices dating from 1874 to 1911. The day books, which cover the entire period of 1874-1898, include two "oil books" as well was a "blotter." The single ledger, ledger "C," contains entries from 1884 to 1911. A volume of "Invoices Inward," 1890-1911, includes entries for such items as crude sperm and whale oil, naptha, soap, whalebone, coal, caustic soda, and candles, as well as olive, herring, and salad oil. The final series in this collection consists of financial records concerning the settlement of the estates of Sylvanus Thomas and George S. Homer, 1866-1869, ca. 1912.
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Records in this collection were given to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by Ashley Clark on 12 December 1940, and by Thomas B. Card on 14 May 1946.
Processed by: Barbara B. Austen, ca. 1982
Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 04 April 2012; box list appended by Mark Procknik, 10 April 2012
Funds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1874-1911
Animal oils SEE Oils and fats
Baleen SEE Whalebone
Business records--Mass.--New Bedford
Marine animal oils
New Bedford, Mass.--Commerce
New Bedford, Mass.--Industries
Oil industries--Mass.--New Bedford
Oils and fats
S. Thomas & Company, New Bedford, Mass.
Soap trade--Mass.--New Bedford
Thomas, Sylvanus, 1818-1866
Vegetable oils SEE Oils and fats