(Reynolds Store) “They had everything into it dry goods, and everything. Some time in the spring of the year they would put the red card on to you. You know what that is? You couldn’t get no trust…a lot of family went skippy you know to get by, because they couldn’t get trusted there any more. And that was the way the clerk would know that they wouldn’t trust them no more because they put the red card on. Oh yes most of them could, because they knew they were all right you see. Some worked at the mill. There were quite a few of them that got the red card. The mill didn’t start up until kind of late in the spring of the year and they didn’t have no work…didn’t have no money.”
Thomas Campbell oal history interview 1970 tape 2 p. 1
Mr. Bordeaux: A dollar a day when I worked, twenty six dollars a month. You got paid by the month. A check. You went down to the main office and they cashed it.Yes, it was all settled up, when you got your check.
Eugene Bprdeaux Oral history interveiw 1969 tape 11 p. 12
In the early evening … My Grandma, Alley Cox and his wife, and myself, the book keeper…Ernest
Keefer…We sold everything, lots of underwear and heavy sox, …and overshoes, leggings, shoes, practically everything we sold….Of course hey had these shin plasters…they paid by those and then they used to run up accounts and pay on a Saturday night a big account register and everything was
in there and they paid on it…
There was a lot of pork sold, ten cents a pound, salt, back pork, lard and sugar and tea was bought
in large quantities. Drawers full. And raisins the same. Sugar…drawers would hold probably fifty pounds. Well, I used to weigh up a quarters worth , five pounds for a quarter. We had what we called the back room and that had pork and all kinds of pie filling and cakes. And then there was a coffee grinder. We ground coffee. And there was barrels. One barrel held sugar, another barrel held those round crackers (Boston) and one held brown sugar, a big barrel of it. Of course there used to be a tobacco cutter for plug tobacco and we sold a lot of that. You cut down like that. And then there was other Cockade tobacco. And then candy. The shelves were full of these glass jars. All kinds of stick candy that you never here of now, you know. Well lots ..all kinds of cereal, puffed wheat and puffed rice way back then. (Oat flake) that came in barrels… and that was sold in bulk. Inside the store there were glass showcases, with jewelry, oh yes we had rings and watches…(as you enter the store…the first room) That was just the store with counters on each side and showcases on each side. (Right in front of you) The stairs. And men’s heavy clothing was sold up there…everything. Of course the post office…they all had there boxes. The mail was brought by horse and buggy.
Two steps go down to the office, was the post office where the telephone was and I worked in there and then there was a private office aside from that. And this was where the book keeper used to do his work. There was a typewriter and I used to type out the telephone calls. We had a lot of subscribers. The Reynoldston Telephone Line of course it was. They also had telegraph years back. (no cost to phone Malone) I don’t think it was anything I don’t remember. I know we used to say central, Malone we would call central. We had telephones in Chasm Falls, Dickinson and Overton… I don’t remember anyone coming in the office. There was a phone up in my home…there was one there.
They did a lot of business with Butler Bros too…dry goods they used to send out large orders…New York City. This was all done by order-the Butler Bros. They used to buy shoes and a cart used to come from Moira and they brought different brands of shoes you know. Different ones from Malone…those places.
Stamps were then two cents a piece you know, maybe three … (post office boxes) were in this thing that was set up. The boxes were right in there, all numbered. Just as you go in to the right… Frank Reynolds was the post master up there.
There was a feed room where all those barrels of pork and everything were. There was a feed room they used to buy tons at time. It would take several days to drive from North Bangor. They used to buy carloads at a time and pile up even in there. And that was another thing they sold was feed. Of course they had so many horses it took a lot.
Haidee Rushlaw oral history interview 1970 tape 1 p.1-2