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Holder White (1812-1895) and his son, George M. White (b. 1837), were businessmen active at Westport, Massachusetts, between 1849-1914. Holder was a wagon maker and undertaker, while George drove a peddler's wagon and also sold goods at auction. In 1860, George entered into partnership with Christopher A. Church and Nathaniel Wales Winchester of Church & Winchester, dry goods merchants of Westport, Mass. The resulting firm of Church, Winchester, & White was active until 1864 when Church sold his share of stock in trade to his partners and the firm became known as Winchester & White, by which name it was known until about 1891. Predecessors to Church & Winchester, which was active from 1855-1860, were Church & Anthony, active prior to 1843, and C. A. Church & Company, 1843-1855.
Materials in this collection reflect the business activities of Holder White and George M. White at Westport, Mass., between 1849-1914. The business records of Holder White consist of a ledger and several receipts, 1855-1876. George M. White's business records consist of financial records, 1849-1914, including an "Auction Record" and an account of boarding for horses, as well as legal documents, 1868-1909, consisting of peddler's licenses and executor's accounts.
The bulk of the collection encompasses the records of Winchester & White, dry goods merchants of Westport, Mass., and their predecessors, dating from 1843-1891. These volumes consist of a day book, 1851-1852; ledgers, 1859-1891; and inventories, 1843-1890, including profit and loss statements and transfer of stock in trade.
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Processed by: Barbara E. Austen, ca. 1982
Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 20 October 2011; box list appended by Mark Procknik, 18 January 2012
Funds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Account books--Westport, Mass.--1843-1914
C. A. Church & Company, Westport, Mass. SEE Winchester & White, Westport, Mass.
Carriage and wagon making--Mass.--Westport
Carriage manufacturers and dealers--Mass.--Westport
Church & Anthony, Westport, Mass. SEE Winchester & White, Westport, Mass.
Church & Winchester, Westport, Mass. SEE Winchester & White, Westport, Mass.
Church, Winchester & White, Westport, Mass. SEE Winchester & White, Westport, Mass.
Peddlers and peddling--Mass.--Westport
Traveling salesmen SEE Commercial travelers
Undertakers and undertaking--Mass.--Westport
White, George M., b.1837
White, Holder, 1812-1895
Winchester & White, Westport, Mass.
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