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Dare's General Store


Hubbard R. Dare
1819 - 1894

Founders of Dareville
Proprietors of Dare's General Store

Mary Margaret Martin
1821 - 1899


note- We previously did an article concerning Hub's store for the years 1860 to 1870, so we know he operated the store there on Dareville corner for many years. Among the customers listed in this old ledger are the very first settlers and owners of the land in that area and probably very few native born Jefferson Countians.

The first entry in the old ledger was April 19, 1847. The last entry was May 25, 1849. The first customer, Jesse A Dees.


Abney, Silas Isum (Isom) John
Anderson, Stinson B. Hicks, James
Black, Rhoda Howard, Mrs.
Bomond (Bowman) James Hayse, James
Baker, William Hodge, Patterson
Boswell, Mrs. Hays, Margaret
Black, S.F. Hicks, John W
Ballard, Thomas Hester, James
Ballard, Nathan Hester, Mrs.
Bowdine (Bodine), James Keller,Joseph
Bradley, Joseph  Kirk, James
Bulin (?Bowlin), James Kirk, William
Barlow, Mrs. Livesy, Carter
Black, S.A. Laird, Samuel
Cook, Mrs. Mendenall, Abraham
Cash, Joseph Mendenall, John 
Cook, Rolen G. Martin, Lee C
Clampet, William Moore, Henry
Cantrell, Miles  Mendenall, Isaac
Crosnose,(Crosno) Reuben Mannen, S.S.
Clampet, Isaac Maneese, Mrs.
Clampit, Jonathan Osborn, Phillip
Davis, A.R. Osborn, Robert
Dees, J.A. Osborn, Lewis
Dees, Mrs.  Osborn, James
Dare, James M.  Oliver, James
Darnel (Darnell)John Philp, Thomas
Davis, Clinton S. Petterson (Peterson) James
Dodds, John Quynn (Quinn) Washington
Debingport (Davenport) Garrison Quynn (Quinn) James
Davenport, H.A.G. Rightnowar, John
Dalby, Benjamin Robinson, D.A.
Elkins, Gazaway Smith, Mary
Green, J.W. Scott, William
Gilbirt (Gilbert) Filow Sciver, Mrs.
Green, William Thompson, Smithy
Farthing, Michael Throgmorton, William
Fleener, Isaac Taylor, Treat
Farthine, William Taylor, Benjamin
Foster, Mrs. Willis, Josiah
Vancel, John Woods, Leonard
Wells, Sarah Whitehorn, Mrs.
Wilson, Elisha Willis, Tolliver
Wells, L.L. Williams, A.D.W.
Wells, William Jr. Wilson, L
Wells, Henry  
Wells, William Sr.  
Wells, Jonathan  
Wells, Green B.  

Credited to Accounts
Lee C. Martin   $4.50 for drying lumber
Mike Farthing   $6.00 for going to St. Louis
Patterson Hodge $7.00 for 1 mo. work
                $1.00 for 200 bords
                $3.34 3/4 work done
Thomas Philp    $1.50 for making coat
Josiah Willis   $0.25 work in shop
                $1.00 for hawling salt
                $2.37 1/2 for blacksmith work
                $0.25 for fixing ox yoke

Pd on his acct by

Jesse A. Dees     .50
Reuben Crosno     .18
Phillip Osborn    .50

James M. Dare   $2.50 for going to St. Louis
                $1.00 for 1/2 buffalo hide
                  .50 1 vinison saddle (?meat)
                  .75 one deer skin
                  .20 one pair socks
                  .20 eggs and butter
                $4.00  dry hide

Rhoda Black     $2.00 for attending wife

Clinton Davis     .25 for 4 prairie chickens
                $5.25 for 23 coon skins

The last two entries were:
Credit $4.65 for moving house, May 6, 1849 to Benjamin Dalby & William Clampet on May 25, 1849.

Other items traded in:
1 lot rock salt    $4.50
1 cow              $8.00
1 bu potatoes        .75
2 mink skins         .50
64 lbs flower       1.44
1 bu corn meal       .32
3 3/4 lb feathers    .93 3/4
12 young chicks      .75
1 lot of hay        1.50
11 1/4 lb lard       .39
1 bu onions          .37 1/2
1/2 bu dried apples  .50
beeswax              .62 1/2
horse swap         10.00
3 1/4 lb tallow
for tying oats       .37
292 lbs pork        7.30
1 calf              1.75
1 bu white beans     .75

1 blew bucket        .35
1 doz fish hooks     .05
1 doz knitting needles .12 1/2
1 1/4 yds calico     .25

The only food items were, coffee, sugar, salt, and molasses.
Sewing materials, supplies and dyes
Powder, lead and caps for hunting
Tobacco and whiskey, and pills
household items: Wash tubs, plates, tin cups, spoons, tumblers, suspenders, shoes, combs, bonnets, panama hats, shawls, etc.

Source: "The Prairie Historian", June 1990,  Vol. 20,  Issue 1 -- Submitted By: Cindy Ford

Account Ledger from the Hubbard Dare Store

An account ledger from the old Hubbard Dare Store at Dareville was given to The Prairie Historians a few years ago by Mona Paterson Fairchild. I was just fascinated with it, it tells of a way of life long past. It mentions many of the early settlers of not only Elk Prairie, but of Buzzard Roost, Wolf Prairie, Long Prairie, and even down to the old Winfield area. Many of the customers were granted land by the government, and thus were the original owners of it. (see land grant issue)

The ledger shows how business was transacted, how trading was done, how accounts were kept, what items were purchased, and even something of the language and spelling used at that time. It shows that trips to the store were few and far between, possibly four or five times a year, and that accounts were usually settled at the end of the year.

Very food stuff was purchased, and when it was it consisted of bare staples such as; salt, coffee, soda, meal, syrup, molasses, etc. No sugar was sold, and no flour until the latter part of this time period. Plug tobacco was a big item, and candy was listed occasionally. Hub Dare’s Store was a general store in the true sense of the word, it carried a stock of everything that was needed back then in the way of hardware, household items, and sewing materials.

I assume that it was probably the only store for miles around, Waltonville and Nason did not yet exist, and people came from miles around to do business there.

Many descendants of the people listed in the ledger still live in this same general area, and many of you will find ancestors or relatives among them. I found three of mine; Asbury Bean, Patsy Hester,(widow of John S. Hester) and Robert Bartis Martin, son of Lee Crier Martin & Minerva C. Dare

Hubbard R. Dare Jr. l819-1894 was born in North Carolina son of Hubbard Dare Sr. 1787—1853, and his wife Mary who are buried at Wolf Prairie Cemetery
married Mary Margaret (Peggy) Martin 1821-1899 sister to Lee Crier Martin

Hubbard’s sister, Minerva 1817-1893 married Lee Crier Martin 1812-1878  and they are buried at Ward Cemetery

Dare’s store must have served as a local bank as well as to furnish supplies. The following account of some of the transactions for George W. Evans bears this out. George was a big customer, most other accounts averaged about $25 to $30 per year.

George was the son in law of Stinson H. Anderson, Lt, Gov., and George later went into the banking business in Mt Vernon with John Wilbanks, a step son of Stinson H. Anderson, John was the son of Joseph Wilbanks and Candace Pickering who married 2d Stinson H. Anderson. The old Evans home was east of Nason

George Evans
1 gal. coal oil .40

Merchandise by John Sinclair $1.00

One plug tobacco by Hutson .25

1 “par” boots by Kate Hester

Pd to E, Wilson (Elisha?)

One oz. indigo .15 (dye)

cash paid at home $10.00

1 1/2 lbs. coffee by Charles Hutson .50

1 plug tobacco sent by Frank Abney

Cash sent by Frank Abney

1 lb. soda sent by Charles Hutson

Pd Isaac S.  Boswell $2.5O

To order John Funnels $1.50

To order Francis Bean $65.00

Bill by Joseph Lynch $7.90

Lumber to E, Osborn $30.00

Blacksmith work on “waggon” $6.95

Pd. to J.H. Crosno $18.60

cash $10.00

 _____sent by Harve Sinclair

Wm. B. Anderson $l8.69
Pd. to James M. Dare $50.
Pd. to Usher for Dalby $95.00
Cash $200.00
1 plow $15.00
cash $100.00
Lumber to McCaslin $47.00
Lumber to McCaslin $4.50
1 plug tobacco sent by the Shehorn boy
cash sent by E. Farthing
pd on hogs and oats $l00.00
sent by Holley $50.00
cash $60.00

 This account was settled July 21, 1869 
credited to it
Balance on Bodine Cattle $80.00
Corn of Darnell and Dalby $170.00
26 head of hogs $243.00
Corn at Oliver’s $130.00
one “bour” hog $25.00
8 hogs and 1 cow $135.00
hogs and oats $200.00
18 bushels of corn $46.80
on Crosno Cattle $6.50
25 bushel oats of Oliver $10.00
John Dare’s account was credited with 2302 lbs. cotton & 369 lbs wet cotton
George Wilson paid on his account with 6 mink, 2 coon, 1 opossom, 2 mink
James S. Hester paid his account in this way;
3 days work                2.50
7 cords wood              2.80
400 “bords”                 2.00
2 bushel nuts                   .60
225 rails                       1.00
325 rails                       1.95
plowing 4 days              2.00
threshing 2 days            1.50
chopping wood 4 days  2.00

Other accounts were paid with:
butter,  pelts,  eggs,  syrup,  tallow,  feathers,  cows,  apples,  bees wax,  turkeys,  hogs,  onions
bacon, timber, chickens, beans, wheat, weaving, corn, fence posts, hides, a days work, potatoes

Elbert Roberson 1/23/1860 a typical account, little food, and only 3 or 4 entries in a year
3 yards “flanel”        $1.05
6 lbs coffee                1.00
3 yards “lincey”           .75
indigo and buttons       .30
5 yards calico             .62
1 ‘pockit” knife          .55
1 “bear” soap             .10
6 yards domestic        .75

May 5th, 1860

10 yds. Calico    $1.50
fish line                   .05
2 yards calico         .30
1 “par” gloves        .25
1 bunch ‘beeds”     .25
3 yds. pants stuff    .75
1 paper pins           .10

June 20, 1860

1 “par” shoes       $1.85
pain killer                 .25
1 box pills                .25

Robert Bartis Martin (my ancestor) 12/30/1868
goods $2.09
sawing lumber $10.60
nails .25
siding 13.96
10 rafters .93
--------    2.00
--- 5 pieces  .75
4 window sash $2.40
-------         9.29
3.85 (tax?)
1 bottle linament .25
1 bottle pills .50
1 bottle linarnent .50
Some other items and prices listed;
4 bushel meal $4.00                          1 wash board .35
1 crock .20                                       1 whip  .10
bucket .30                                         1 tub .45
1/2 lb “peper” .10                              shrouding for child $l.35
                                                          Wrn. Osborn in 1860
1 chamber .45
                                                         shrouding for Dan Ratliff
1 wash pan .35                                  by Green B. Lynch $2.50
saddle and bridle $2.50                     1 ox “youk” $1.50
1 “par” suspenders .35                      6 tumblers .75
1 broom .25                                      rope .35
powder, lead, caps, .35                     shot .12
sleigh .50                                           1 bunch thread $1.35
fine comb .20                                     coperas, indigo, madder, (dyes)
sulphur .10                                        1 gal. molasses .75
3 pam (panama?) hats .38                  1 “pirasol” $1.50
flax thread .15                                    1 log chain $1.90
1 “par” chains .75                              
1 sythe blade $1.00
1  lamp chimney .10
1 Bible .75
hair pins .10
one box eye salve .25

Sewing materials;
1 yd. “velvit” .40
carnbrick .20
7 yds. pant stuff $1.75
1/2 doz buttons .07
8 yds. lawn $1.20
3 yds. worsted $1.95
12 yds. "ribin" .60
5 yds calico .62
6 yds. domestic .75
1 yd. alpaca .40
2 “par” stockings .50
1 hat .10
1 fan .10

Submitted By: Cindy Ford
from the June 1983 Issue 2 Volume 13 of "The Prairie Historian"

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