Muscatine County, Iowa
Muscatine Journal & News-Tribune
Centennial Edition
31 May 1940

Section 4 - Page 31, Submitted by Liz Casillas, May 31, 2012

Early Ads A Business Index

A picture of Bloomington’s business life in the year of 1841, garnered from advertisements appearing in the Bloomington Herald, is presented here. Where dates are listed, they designate the first time the advertisement appeared.

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A G Beeson, Tailor. March 10, 1841.

Just received at the old stand of Adam Ogilvie, a general assortment of seasonable goods, among which are fur caps, buffalo robes and coats, boots and shoes, jeans and cassinetts, tea, coffee, hogsheads and barrels of New Orleans sugar, etc. John A. Parvin.

New Store. The subscriber offers a large assortment of dry goods consisting in part of ready made clothing. Also groceries, hardware and cutlery, glassware, boots and shoes, window glass and sash, all of which he will sell for cash, or exchange for dry hides, deer skins, furs, etc. John Zeigler, (Oct. 26, 1840)

Pine Lumber. A quantity of superior pine lumber for sale by John Ziegler. (Oct. 26, 1840)

Dr. William L. Smith’s office on Second street a few doors west of Chestnut street. (May 14, 1841)

J A Lakin, Groceries, provisions, drugs, medicines, paints, oil, dye stuff, perfumery, etc. which will be sold low for cash or produce. (July 23, 1841)

G W Humphrey’s and Co. New store corner of Chestnut and Second streets near the Post Office, a splendid assortment of Staple and Fancy Groceries. (May 28, 1841)

Cabinet making. Joseph P Freeman, Cabinet ware and chairs. All kinds of Turning chairs. All kinds of Turning done with neatness and dispatch. M. B. Coffins made to order on the shortest notice. Bloomington (July 2, 1841)

Hats. The subscriber respectfully announces to the citizens of Bloomington and surrounding country, that he has commenced the Hatting business in the store room formerly occupied by Barton Lee, one door north of the Iowa House, in the town of Bloomington, where he will keep constantly on hand a general assortment of Hats, which he offers, wholesale or retail on the most reasonable terms for cash or country produce. Country Merchants wishing to purchase the above article, will do well to give him a call before purchasing elsewhere. A M Hare. (July 26, 1841) N. B. All kinds of Furs will be taken in exchange for Hats.

Gunsmithing. Henry Molis respectfully informs the citizens of Bloomington and the adjacent country, that he is prepared to execute all orders in his line in the best manner and with the greatest dispatch. His shop is one block from the court-house and immediately in the rear of Parvin’s Hotel. (July 2, 1841)

J. Bennett, Shoes, Hats, Caps, Boots, Shoes and Groceries, which will be sold very low for Cash or paper money; corner of Front and Chestnut streets, opposite the Iowa House. (April 23, 1841)

James Brentlinger. Cooper, Tin, and sheet Iron Ware. Man-factory. (Sep. 17, 1841)

W. Hollingsworth, Druggist. (July 30, 1841)

Beef Hides, Beeswax, deer Skins. And Wheat, taken in exchange for Groceries By Drury and Davis. (Sept. 28, 1841)

A J Fimple, Tailor shop on Second street opposite the post office.

Irad C Day, Atty. at Law. Bloomington, two doors off Second street, third door below the post office; recorder’s office in the same building.

T S Parvin, Atty. At Law, Bloomington, I. T.

S C Hastings, Atty. and Counseller at law.

George Greene, Atty and Counsellor at law, Marion, Linn co. I. T.

William R Rankin, Atty. and Counsellor at law, Tipton, Cedar co. I. T.

J. W. Parker. Atty. at law, Davenport, I. T.

Adam Ogilvie, Forwarding and Commission merchant.

W F Deweber, Forwarding and Commission Merchant.

William B. Tyson, Forwarding and Commission merchant, Wheeling W. Va.

Drs. Smith and Reeder have associated themselves together for the practice of medicine and they offer their service to the public generally. Office on Second street near Hollingsworth’s drug store.

Dr. W H Blaydes, offers his professional services to the city of Bloomington and its vicinity. Office on Second street in Hollingsworth’s drug store where he may be found unless professionally engaged.

House, sign and ornamental painting. S E Hargraves will attend to the above business in all its various branches with neatness, accuracy and dispatch. Also glazing and gilding. Any business entrusted to him will receive prompt attention and be executed in a workmanlike manner.

H Musgrave. Stone ware, window sash, cigars, whiskey, Holland gin, Tobacco, apples. Fanning mills.

A Dunsmore, dealer in foreign and domestic goods.

Hasting and Richman. Law partnership.

Dr M’Kee, office on Chestnut street between Front and Second.

William G. Woodward, Atty. at Law.

Edward E. Fay, Clerk of Commissioners of Muscatine County.

James Weed, M. D. Dentist, will remain two weeks in Bloomington.

Charles A Warfield, agent for the Ferry.

John Marble Tax Collector.

Foster and Richman - Suel Foster and J. W. Richman.

Lowe and Deshler, Atty. at Law. Bloomington (Sept. 21, 1841)

David Clark, Successor to H Musgrave, Forwarding and Commission merchant. (Oct. 8, 1841).

George Earll and Co. Tailoring (Nov. 19, 1841)

L Cook, Stoves. Also a general assortment of hollow ware, wholesale and retail at St Louis, prices. 75 barrels of superfine flour, just received for sale low for cash. (Nov. 20, 1840)

Pork. The subscribers will take pork in exchange for goods and on all notes and accounts due them, if delivered soon at their store. Stone and Humphrey’s.

Pork Wanted. I will receive well fed pork from those indebted to me, until 10th day of January next. A. Oglivie.

Attention Pork, Flour, Butter and Wood will be taken in payment of debts due this office, for which the highest market price will be allowed. Those who have agreed to make payment in these articles are requested to deliver them as soon as possible. The Bloominton Herald.

Window sash and Dried Apples. 100 lights. Window sash, 50 bushels dried apples, 3 barrels American brandy just received and for sale low for cash, by H. Musgrave.

Lucifer matches, --20 Groce just received and for sale wholesale and retail at St. Louis prices, at Clark’s

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An Eastern Viewpoint
Second largest city in the state and growing fast!

That was Muscatine’s reputation back in the year 1855 when the following item published in the editorial columns of The Citizen, published at Uniontown, Penn., and reproduced in the local newspaper under date of Nov. 15.

Here’s how the eastern editor viewed Muscatine’s prospects on that far off day:

    “Muscatine, Iowa. The census of that place which has just been taken, shows that it now has a population of 7,378, being an increase of more than 2,000 in the last year. Besides being the largest city in Iowa, except one, it bids fair to be the City of the West, as it possesses natural advantages far superior to any other city on the Upper Mississippi. It is the chief point of export for the grain and produce raised in a large portion of that state, and is now known throughout this part of Pennsylvania as the chief commercial depot of Iowa. She will soon have the advantages of a railroad communication with the interior of the state, and with her natural commercial advantages, and the energy and enterprise of her citizens she will ere long be all her friends claim for her–Iowa’s Pride.”

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We Defend:

    From ancient times to the present day the lawyer has waged a constant fight to preserve and protect property rights and personal liberties.

    Since the early days of Muscatine County, the members of the legal profession have played a vital part in the orderly development of its civil, cultural and industrial life. No where over the nation have members of the legal profession guarded human liberties more ably.

    Muscatine may well be proud of the efforts and accomplishments of her early members of the legal profession in carving an orderly society out of the wilderness. Today the lawyers of Muscatine County are just as zealous and just as willing to take their place in the community and to defend the rights and liberties of the citizens as was the pioneer lawyer.

    Muscatine County Bar Association

Its Secretary Its President


Allbee, G. Hanley, Chas. P. Rosenberger, Charles J.
Allbee, Harvey G. Hoffman, Arthur Schauland, O. E.
Bihlmeier, F. L. Jackson, D. V. Stafford, C. R.
Brooke, Robert Kammerer, R. J. Stapleton, M. W.
Chance, Hugh E. Jackson, F. S. Stohr, Robert K.
Coster, J. C. Kautz, Harold L. Titus, G. M.
Crull, L. A. Keele, Harold O. Thompson, H. G.
Drake, Frank Kemble, J. M. Thompson, R. U.
Eckhardt, A. Wayne Martin, F. A. Tipton, E. R.
Erwin, Earl C. McIntosh, J. E. Tipton, R. G.
Eversmeyer, F. W. Mead, E. W. Van Nice, L. W.
Fishburn, C. H. Pentzer, Fred S. Wilson, Harold E.
Fishburn, J. J. Perigo, L. J. Whitmer, A. R.
Hakes, C. C. Randall, W. D. Westrate, Matthew

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