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A.D. Leech Business Ledgers 
1866-1871, 1868-1869, 1868-1871
Extent: 1 item
Accession Number:  2008.106
Abstract:  Three volumes of records for the A.D. Leech company, a general store and later a cotton market, located at 102 North Main in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Records cover the period 1866-1871, 1868-1869, and 1868-1871.
Processed by:  Esther H. Bohnert, April 2008
Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Southeast Missouri State University
Phone: (573) 651-2245; Fax: (573) 651-2666; Email: semoarchives@semo.edu
Citation:  A. D. Leech Business Ledger Series, [Vol.], [dates], Special Collections and Archives, Southeast Missouri State University
Restrictions: None
Provenance:   Unknown
Historical Note
In 1857, Amzi Leech and his wife Elizabeth Haydock Leech arrived in Cape Girardeau from Kentucky and eventually established a business, the A.D. Leech General Store, located at 102 N. Main. He was able to attract cotton growers from as far away as Arkansas and soon launched a thriving cotton market. After Leech’s death in the early 1870s his brother William Leech took over the business and continued until becoming distracted by other interests in the late 1880s.
Scope and Content Note
Volume one contains records of sales/purchases of agricultural supplies, wages, and charges for “hauling.” Individual customers are listed by name, business name, “negro,” “stranger,” or just “horseman.” Other branches of the business included “Mill” and “Leech Bros” or “A.D. Leech,” “Labor,” “Work,” and “Essentials.”

Volume two consists of accounts which record the same type of transactions, with the addition of the occasional entries for “bounties” and “speculation.” Covers the time period 1868-1869.

Volume three, named “Journal B,” records sales of merchandise, such as molasses, butter, yard goods, children’s hose needles, coffee and sugar, Irish linen, ribbon, silk, and many other items. Also records cotton bales, bounties, and hides for the Tan Yard. Covers the time period 1868 May to 1871 May.
Archivist Note:  Books are marked with the numbers 2000 R, 2001 R, 2002 R, which was how they were originally catalogued in the Archives.
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