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Ulysses Grant Arledge

Birthdate:
Birthplace: [or 1869?]Polk Co, NC; HOH 1920 census Henderson Co, NC age 51
Death: Died in Blue Ridge, Henderson Co, NC
Immediate Family:

Son of Ulysses "Lis" S. Arledge and Drusilla Alewine
Husband of Evelyn Fisher
Brother of Basil Jefferson Arledge; Elizabeth Arledge; Hester Arledge; William Alonzo "Will" Arledge; Cynthia Arledge and 4 others

Managed by: Pam Wilson
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About Ulysses Grant Arledge

Grant Arledge Papers Inventory (#4913), Manuscripts Department

Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Contact Information

    Manuscripts Department
    CB#3926, Wilson Library
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514-8890
    Phone: 919/962-1345
    Fax: 919/962-4452
    Email: mss@email.unc.edu
    URL: http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/

Processed by:

    Lynn Holdzkom

Date Completed:

    December 1998

Encoded by:

    Lynn Holdzkom

Descriptive Summary Including Abstract

Title Grant Arledge Papers (#4913) 1899-1936

Creator Arledge, Grant

Extent 28 items (0.5 linear feet)

Repository Southern Historical Collection

Abstract

    Grant Arledge was a farmer in Flat Rock, N.C. He raised cows and other animals; planted tobacco, potatoes, and other crops; cut and sold lumber; and manufactured and sold wine and spirits. Chiefly account books, 1899-1936, of Grant Arledge of Flat Rock, N.C, in which Arledge kept farm records, including notes on crops grown (tobacco, potatoes), livestock (calving, breeding, pasturing of cows), and other farm activities (wood cut and sold, fertilizers applied, beehives maintained). Also included are notes, some in the style of short diary entries, that include documentation of daily activities; recipes; and general facts and useful information. There is also much information that falls under the title "wet goods sold."
    Arledge was an active moonshiner, producing and selling non-tax-paid wine and liquor; the books list ingredients purchased, recipes for various concoctions, and when and to whom products were made and sold. Almost all of the books are account/memo books given away by banks, fertilizer companies, and other institutions. Most of these books include printed advertisements for goods and services offered by the company that distributed them. Many of Arledge's books were kept in Pierce's Memorandum and Account Books, distributed by R. V. Pierce's World's Dispensary Medical Association of Buffalo, N.Y. These books include advertisements for Pierce's patent medicines (especially the “Golden Medical Discovery,” which claimed to be effective against any number of ailments) and other services, including Pierce's Invalid's Hotel and urine analysis labs. Also included are general health and beauty tips and testimonials from satisfied customers, many with photographs.

Administrative Information

Access No restrictions.

Usage Restrictions

    Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Provenance Received from Benjamin Carmichael Sumner of Savannah, Ga., in March 1998 (Acc. 98033).

Processing Information Microfilm copy available (1 reel).

Online Catalog Terms

    Account books--North Carolina--History--20th century.
    Advertising--History.
    Arledge, Grant.
    Distillation apparatus--History--20th century.
    Farmers--North Carolina--History--20th century.
    Flat Rock (N.C.)--History--20th century.
    Liquor industry--North Carolina--History--20th century.
    Livestock--North Carolina--History--20th century.
    Lumber trade--North Carolina--History--20th century.
    North Carolina--Social life and customs--20th century.
    Patent medicines--History--20th century.
    Pierce, R. V. (Ray Vaughn), b. 1840.
    Prohibition--North Carolina--History--20th century.
    Wine and wine making--North Carolina--History--20th century.
    World's Dispensary Medical Association.

Biographical Note

Grant Arledge was a farmer in Flat Rock, N.C. He raised cows and other animals; planted tobacco, potatoes, and other crops; cut and sold lumber; and manufactured and sold wine and spirits.

Collection Overview

Chiefly account books, 1899-1936, of Grant Arledge of Flat Rock, N.C., in which Arledge kept farm records, including notes on crops grown (tobacco, potatoes), livestock (calving, breeding, pasturing of cows), and other farm activities (wood cut and sold, fertilizers applied, beehives maintained). Also included are notes, some in the style of short diary entries, that include documentation of daily activities; recipes; and general facts and useful information.

There is also much information that falls under the title "wet goods sold." Arledge was an active moonshiner, producing and selling non-tax-paid wine and liquor; the books list ingredients purchased, recipes for various concoctions, and when and to whom products were made and sold.

Names mentioned include Pink Case, who seems to have been a coworker or helper (he is routinely charged for board), and Polk King, who appears to have been a frequent client, but who also was involved in the theft of a still in 1925.

Almost all of the books are account/memo books given away by banks, fertilizer companies, and other institutions. Most of these books include printed advertisements for goods and services offered by the company that distributed them. Many of Arledge's books were kept in Pierce's Memorandum and Account Books, distributed by Dr. R. V. Pierce's World's

Dispensary Medical Association of Buffalo, N.Y. These books include advertisements for Pierce's patent medicines (especially the “Golden Medical Discovery”, which claimed to be effective against any number of ailments) and other services, including Pierce's Invalid's Hotel and urine analysis labs. Also included are general health and beauty tips and testimonials from satisfied customers, many with photographs.

Description

Volumes, 1899-1936

28 items.

Arrangement: chronological by last date appearing in item.

Folder
1               1899-1900: a few pages of Bible quotes; practical information, including how big a flue should be  (“Calendar for 1899 & 1900”; in Pierce's Memorandum and Account Book).
2               1913-1914: general accounts; fertilizer and other recipes (no title; in Acorn Stove & Ranges book).
3               1916-1920: chiefly cow records--calving, breeding, pasturing; general accounts; addresses (“Cow Record”; in The Oliver (Oliver Chilled Plow Works) book). Enclosure: “Mrs. Grant Due” account, 1919.
4               1919-1921: general accounts; information relating to cows, corn shucked, gallons sold, hauling, lumber (no title; in Commercial Bank, Henderson, N.C., book).
5               1921-1922: a few mash, plowing, and lumber records (no title; no covers; pages marked “Time--Week ending”).
6               1912; 1923-1925: wood and other accounts (no title; in Deering Harvester Company memorandum book). Enclosure: newspaper advertisement from the Companion Corresponding Club, Boaz , Kentucky, offering a list of “pretty girl members who wish to marry,” dated “Jan 11th 1912” on verso.
7               1925-1926: wood, brandy and other “wet goods”; Pink Case accounts; general accounts (“1925 & 1926 Wood and other accounts”; in Pierce's Memorandum and Account Book).
8               1924-1927: story of stolen still (see also folder 19); wet goods sold (“Pink Cases account to Date”; in Asheville Seed Company book).
9               1924-1929: general accounts; wood; whiskey (“General accounts”; in Pierce's Memorandum and Account Book). Enclosures: “Wet Goods Sold. 1924, 1925”; addresses, undated.
10               1911-1930: chiefly cow records--calving, breeding, pasturing; a few family records, including death of U.S. Arledge in 1924 and “Mother Died on Dr. Mooney Farm. Aug the 15 1923 Wednesday 8 PM”; wet goods sold; miscellaneous other notations (“New Cow Record, 1920-1924”; in The Oliver (Oliver Chilled Plow Works) book).
11               1927-1930: chiefly wood sold (“Wood Sold 1928 & 29 & 30”; in Pierce's Memorandum and Account Book). Enclosure: notes on rye “to be distilled on Big Hungry,” 1927, and accounts, 1929.
12               1927-1931: wet goods sold; record of potato plants; wood sold; record of automobile plate and note, “April 30 1929, traded my Ford car for a Chevrolet ... ” (“Full Aug 24 '31”; in Etiwan Fertilizer Company book).
13               1931: general accounts and notes (“Account Book. Jethro Jones. Ben Holbert. Jay Parris & others”; in Beauty, Milady's Notebook from Dr. Pierce's Clinic).
14               1931-1932: wet and other accounts (“1931 1932 Wet Goods Account Sold”; in The Oliver (Oliver Chilled Plow Works) book).
15               1932: aphorisms; “bits of N.C. history”; general notes and accounts; addresses (“Neal Jones work on car”; in Weaver Organs book.)
16               1930-1933: general accounts; record of time worked; “Sept 23 1932 Received check from the comptroller of the Treasury for $68.00 and 76 cents ... as dividend in the Failure of the citizens National Bank of Hendersonville” (“Calendar for 1901 & 1902. Wood Sold Year 1930”; in Pierce's Memorandum and Account Book).
17               1933-1934: “wet goods sold”; cow records; general accounts (“Calendar for 1898 & 1899. Wet Goods Sold Year 1933 & 1934”; in Pierce's Memorandum and Account Book). Enclosures: Pink Case accounts 1926 (2 pages); “April 1929 Wet Goods Made.”
18               1933-1935: record of fertilizers used; general accounts; bee hives; account of shooting at cow barn (“Fertilizer used year 1933”; in Armours Fertilizers book).
19               1925-1936: general notes and facts; recipes for cordials, etc.; note on Polk King stealing “still outfit” in 1925 (see also folder 8) (no title; in A. D. Adair and McCarty Bros. (fertilizer manufacturer) book).
20               1934-1936: wet goods sold; records of work on house, tobacco, cows, whiskey, wine (“Account year 1934 and 1935”; in Pierce's Memorandum and Account Book)
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Ulysses Grant Arledge's Timeline

1872
November 14, 1872
[or 1869?]Polk Co, NC; HOH 1920 census Henderson Co, NC age 51
1937
May 5, 1937
Age 64
Blue Ridge, Henderson Co, NC