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Guide to the Loachapoka Rural Merchants Records, RG 53


Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: July 2003

Date Span:
1866-1933

Size:
33 volumes (28 volumes; 44 cm. or smaller and 5 volumes on 1 microfilm reel negative; 35 mm.)

Number of Boxes:
Oversize Boxes

Historical or Biographical Sketch:
L. T. Wimberly and Co. was organized by L. T. Wimberly (b. 1858), as a general mercantile store in Loachopoka, Alabama in 1880's. Howell Webb and George P. Cole succeeded Wimberly as manager of the store. Brooks Carlisle operated a general store in the Loachapoka Trading Center, ca. 1904-1933. Loachapoka served as a trading center for Macon, Lee and Tallapoosa counties from the mid 19th century to the early 20th century. (Cited in Alexander Nunn's, Yesterdays in Loachapoka and Communities Nearby, pp. 56-64)

Scope and Content:
Ledgers, daybooks, memorandum and cash books from Macon County (later Lee County) community of Loachapoka. Most items appear to be from L. T. Wimberly and Company General Store. Other items are labeled Brooks Carlisle, J. T. Bailey, and Cole and Webb. A post office cash book, kept by postmasters John Daly and Thomas D. Ligon (July 31, 1871 - October 20, 1875), is also included. Overall the group consists of 28 bound volumes, and one reel of microfilm negative, which contains five ledgers. This is a valuable source of information about the economic life of rural Alabama communities, as well as local genealogy.


Item list:
Box 1

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