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Profiles

  • Paulus Balliet (1716 - 1777)
    Fled France due to persecution of Huguenots( French Protestants).Came to Pennsylvania Credited with founding Ballietsville. Ran a hotel/tavern. Founded the First Line of Balliets in the US.
  • Ozias Mather Hatch (1814 - 1893)
    Ozias Mather Hatch (April 11, 1814 – March 12, 1893) was an American politician. He was the 13th Illinois Secretary of State, serving under William Henry Bissell, John Wood, and Richard Yates, S...
  • Mary Lawler (b. - 1778)
    Ann Lawler, described in Hards's History of Lancaster, as "a lady of respectable family," was the only child of Mary Lawler, a widow of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, possessed of considerable property and w...
  • John Rinehart Blue (1905 - 1965)
    John Rinehart Blue (October 13, 1905 – May 27, 1965) was a Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates representing Hampshire County, West Virginia from 1953 through 1959. Blue was...
  • Blaine Emerson Stumbaugh (1917 - 2013)

"No man of sense ought to be ashamed of being called a shopkeeper" - Napoleon

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Notes

From Researching the history of shops

By the late 17th century England and Wales had about 40,000 shopkeepers, according to the estimate of pioneer statistician Gregory King.

From Jews of Brooklyn

"If today most people consider Jewish candy stores just a place to buy sweets, sixty years ago they were an important element in the social fabric. These places were gathering places, meeting places, centers of the community ..."


From Britain: a History of Shopkeeping, Empire and Racial Tensions

"My interest in the corner shop is personal – my parents’ shop formed the backdrop to my daily life. Growing up, the shop served as my playground, library, kitchen, bus stop, and office, and continues to play a huge part in my experience of that most elusive of concepts – ‘home’."

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A - Z of Shopkeepers and Retailers

Bakers

Barbers

Those who cut, dress, groom, style and shave males' hair

Booksellers

Butchers

  • Pork Butchers
  • Poulterers

Cheesemongers

Confectioners

Cordwainers

  • Cobblers

Department Stores

Drapers

originally a retailer or wholesaler of cloth mainly for clothing. A draper may also operate as a cloth merchant or a haberdasher.

  • Dressmakers
  • Haberdashers - selling small articles for sewing, such as buttons, ribbons, zips etc.
  • Tailors

Fishmongers

Florists

Grocers

Gunsmiths

those who repair, modifiy, design, or build firearms

Hairdressers

Those who cut or style hair in order to change or maintain a person's image. See Hairdresser

Hardware Stores

Jewellers

Locksmiths

Milliners

Newsagents

Opticians

  • Oculist
  • Optometrist

Pawnbrokers

Lending money on portable security - Lending money on portable security - see History of pawnbroking

Pharmacists

  • Druggists

Post Offices

Restauranteurs

  • Teashops

Tobacconists

Victuallers

Resources