Randall: Ads One of the Most Interesting Parts of the 1800s Weedsport Paper | Lifestyles

Denny Randall special for the citizen

I read an early copy (September 22, 1853) of The Weedsport Advertiser, a weekly newspaper published in Weedsport in the mid-1800s. I am attaching to this column a photo of the bear from that particular newspaper.

Although it contains general news, including world events, as well as local news, I found the advertisement most interesting, and I will quote several of the advertisements in this column:

“WANTED At Remington and Close’s Foundry, 100 tons of old iron, for which the highest prices in the market will be paid.” The foundry was located about where the Stevenson farm pond is, across from the Thruway entrance.

OW Burritt issued a large advertising box: “STOVES! STOVES! A large assortment of the best kitchen stoves in use, including the Atlas, the queen of kitchen stoves, the Cultivator, with a large double oven, the best and cheapest kitchen stove to use anywhere in the country, as hundreds are willing to testify, sold with or without furniture.”

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Burritt also posted a more modest announcement: “AVEVES TRUGHS of all kinds, kept on hand, to be supplied as soon as possible and manufactured in the most professional manner and of good quality.”

The local chapter of IOOF (Odd Fellows) notes the following: “Brutus Lodge Number 146 IO of OF meets at Odd Fellows Hall in Weedsport above the ‘Announcer’ office on Wednesday evenings at 7.1/2. – GH Otis Sec’y.”

Another interesting announcement: “FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED” is the motto of Brutus Mills. Please keep this in mind when you call as we will be waiting for you with everything we have in our business for the money and grind your grain for you like the best. For the master has no intention of being mean, just lead your party, and he will grind your grain, and no fault will be found for all types” Signed by AW Dean, assistant miller.

One more from the TS Bentley and Co., which was located on Seneca Street, across from the Eagle Hotel. They advertise all varieties of stoves, “both for the kitchen and the living room, among which we can find the following: Vulcan Air Tight, Phoenix, Woodland, Eagle, Congress and Premium. Also, Granger’s, Souvenir, Ben Franklin, Persian, Shield Air Tight, Ottoman, Sylvan, Race’s Self Regulator and Cottage.”






Denny Randall


We recently acquired another stash of Weedsport yearbooks from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. If your book was lost, or you lost custody of it in a divorce settlement, or you couldn’t pay for one while you were in school, they are available for sale for the low price of $15 each. Stop by the museum on Wednesday evenings, Thursday mornings or during one of our monthly programs.

Denny Randall is a past president of the Old Brutus Historical Society and a member of the Weedsport Central School class of 1957.

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