The Price Store

 

    Edgar Price (born 1876) married Grace Hildenbrand and operated the store in Mulberry from some date before 1914 until his death in January 1917.


    For a description of the Price Store in 1917 go to “Mulberry Country Great,” which includes:


    ... The little store at Mulberry formerly run by the late Edgar Price, is now managed by his brother, Harry Price. He is in touch with the outside world by phone, and spoke of having just talked to Dallas as if it were merely in the next block. What a wonderful change is this, even, over the days of the Civil War period when the quickest mode of communication was by mail rider, who made about two trips a week!


    Newton “Lafie” married Ida Martin and died with her and three of their children in the 1919 “cyclone”.

    Roland Price married Hudie Bramlett. Their daughter was Haddie Grace. She married, but had moved back to her mother’s house “because of neglect,” maybe a problem pregnancy, or typhoid. The women of Mulberry were with her. Buddy also waited on the porch. Hattie Grace was propped up in bed with a turned-over straight chair against her back. “She had suffered so long.” About sundown Faye Burkett came; she may have given an injection, and waited with Buddy by the gate till they came to say that she was gone.


        photo: Hattie Grace, “for grandmother Bramlett”


    At a cemetery dinner under the pavilion in ‘98, not knowing the date and story of Daniel Price’s death prevented closure, I thought. A great grandson couldn’t help, he said. Then I started talking about “memories”

—watching from north windows of the school the day

the diggers came—of unmarked graves; word came in

of “trouble” from breaking in. The spot they finally selected was under a large tree, and when a storm blew down that cedar, Hattie Grace’s grave was lost.

    Starting to school at Mulberry in ‘42, there’s no

doubt I actually did watch and listen. Hattie Grace was born in ‘20. William Hoyt was three months old when his mother died. She had married Buddy, a son of James L. Patterson. When he was about to be sent to an orphanage, Hoyt was adopted by his uncle, Delbert Price, as an “only child,” but Buddy wouldn’t let his name be changed. Hoyt too had heard that some of the old graves were broken in.

    “They did everything in the world they could for me,” Hoyt said. “I called her mother. I only asked for two things in my life. One time I wanted a soda pop at the store. My daddy reached in his pocket and pulled out some change, there in his hand. I took a nickel. My real daddy killed a man in Denison, and not long ago in Arizona somebody killed him. I went out there and brought him back, took care of everything. It’s been thirty-five years since I was in Mulberry. I’d come with my daddy, and he’d try to tell me where things happened, where people lived, but I didn’t want to hear it. Now, I wish I knew.” I told Hoyt what I knew about his great grandfather, Daniel Price. I could show a picture. He’d seen it, but didn’t know the name. Then he had a stone for his mother’s grave put down.



The Price Brothers

(back) Newton “Lafie”, Roland, Alonzo “Lonnie” (front) Harry, Edgar

below: Mother, Catharine Eaton Price


              

   1906 July 6: (Bonham NewsA Killing Near Kemp. N. T. Dillingham Shot Late Yesterday Evening by Dan Price. His Claim Is Self Defense. Prisoner Was Arrested by United States Marshall Wilcox and Taken to Durant.


    Denison, Tex. July 4. N. T. Dillingham, a prominent citizen of Kemp, I. T., was shot and instantly killed
late yesterday evening while standing in his yard, by Dan Price [pictured], an ex-United States marshall. Price claims that he fired in self defense, as Dillingham fired at him twice before he drew his gun. He then fired one shot with a 45 caliber Colt. The bullet grazed Dillingham’s right arm and passing through the lungs lodged in the left side. Dillingham fell without a word. United States Marshall Wilcox arrived on the scene this morning and took Price to Durant.

    Price was employed on the farm by Dillingham and some trouble was known to exist between the men which culminated in the shooting. Price was at the home of Dillingham and the two men were alone. Mrs. Dillingham was at the home of a neighbor at the time of the affair and no one saw the shooting, as far as has been learned. The only story of the shooting is told by Price. Price when asked what started the trouble replied that “Dillingham wouldn’t be good.”

    Price shot and killed Ora Taylor two years ago....           


    1910 May 6: (Bonham Daily Favorite) Killing on the River. Dan Price, Well Known Here, Shot and Killed on the River. Dan Price, well-known in Bonham and throughout Fannin county was shot last evening and so badly wounded that he died while being brought to the hospital in this city. The shooting occurred about dark yesterday evening, two shots being fired, one of which penetrated Mr. Price’s body just above the left nipple and came out on the right side, the other entered his left arm, breaking that member. The scene of the shooting was at the old Ferguson Ferry, north of Mulberry, on the Oklahoma side. John Elliott, for whom the dead man had been working went to Durant and surrendered to the officers of that place in connection with the sad affair.

    Mr. Price was without medical assistance from the time of the shooting until about 10 o’clock this morning. Besides Price and the man Elliott who did the shooting, there was no one present at the ferry except two women, hence a doctor could not be summoned until a late hour. Dr. McKnight of Ravenna was finally reached, getting to the bedside of the wounded man about 10 o’clock.

    Accompanied by Dr. McKnight and his five sons, Harry, Lonnie, Edgar, Roland and Loftin Price, the start for the hospital was made with the wounded man this morning. He lived until Russell Heights was reached when he expired.

    At the time of the shooting, Mr. Price was unarmed, and according to the statement of the two ladies, with one of whom Mr. Price boarded, the shooting was without provocation on the part of the dead man. When asked by Dr. McKnight if there had been any previous trouble between the two men, Mr. Price said that there had not, that he had always considered Elliott his best friend and he could not understand why he shot him down.

    The body was brought to the undertaking parlors of Halsell and Caldwell to be prepared for burial, interment to take place tomorrow afternoon at Mulberry.

    Mr. Price was 68 years of age at the time of his death, and had lived in Fannin county a number of years. For the past few years he had lived in Oklahoma, serving two terms as city marshall of Kemp. Besides the five sons mentioned above, Mr. Price leaves a number of other relatives in Fannin county.


    May 10: (Bonham News) Dan Price Shot and Killed. Difficulty Occurred Between the Dead Man and John Elliott North of Mulberry.  ...The shooting took place at the old Ferguson ferry north of Mulberry across the river. The shooting was done with a revolver, two shots taking effect...medical aid could not be had for several hours. Dr. McKnight of Ravenna reached him at 10 o’clock at night. Next morning the doctor and Price’s sons started to bring him to the hospital here.... Little is known of the origin of the trouble. It seems that Price had whipped the child of a woman who lived at the ferry, when Elliott remonstrated with him about it. This led to hot words, and the shooting followed.

    Price was well known in this country, where he had engaged in many difficulties. He was considered a dangerous man, especially when drinking, and he did much of that.


    May 16: (BDF from Durant News) John Elliot a Free Man. Evidence Not Sufficient to Bind Man Over Who Killed Dan Price. “I don’t want to hurt you, old man,” are said to be the words John Elliot used when Dan Price is alleged to have told Elliot to get out his gun, for one of the two must die....


Mr. Edgar’s Ledger


was opened October 28, 1914, typically showing this date followed by “ford old L Pxx.” Each page was divided vertically. Under a column headed “Dr,” individually numbered bills were entered, as BxxPxxx, with date and amount of each. Specific items were not shown, though nails, raincoat, gloves, shoes and basket appear in scattered notations. Under “Cr,” payments “by cash” were noted, but other payments were “work,” corn hauling, cotton picking, oat sowing, thrashing, cooking, washing, eggs, bale of cotton, cow, pig and buggy.

    Values indicated: 1 doz. eggs - .10; pair of gloves - $1.25; pair of shoes - $2.25; rain coat - $2.50; rick of firewood - $1.00; gallon of gass - .20; sack of flour - $2.10; 1 pig - $2.60; 1 cow - $75.00; bushel of corn - .75; bushel of seed corn - $1.15; bushel of oats - .40; bale of cotton - $38.12.  


Photo montage below:

“Souvenir of Mulberry, Texas,” a small dish sold at Edgar Price’s store

1915 Ledger page for Margaret Fitzgerald




Names in the Ledger


    A few names brought forward into the new ledger have no subsequent entries.  In the following list accounts not active after October 1914 are marked with an asterisk.


- A -

Aderholt, Jess - Aderholt, Verge - Agnew, E. V. - Alainz, Ray Mx - Alonze, Emitt Mx (with B. T. Connolly) - *Anderson, C. M. - Archa, J. L. -  Ashley, A. P.

- B -

Baker, Caywood - Barnett, W. H. - Bastenus, Angelo Mx - Bird, Sam - Blankenship, Oscar - Bolitius, L. E. - Boyd, T. J. (with D. M. Nelson) - Bramlett, Aze - Bramlett, Dock - Bramlett, S. C. - Bramlett, Son - Braswell, W. M. (with B. T. Connolly) - Brown, L. T. - Brown, Murphy - Brown, W. L. - Browning, J. A. - Burks, A. H. - Burpo, T. J. - Burr, Anani - *Buts, J. W.

- C -

Cain, Alvie - Cain, Frank - Cain, Fred - Cain, George - Cain, J. L. - Cain, Waldo - Cain, Will - Cambell, T. J. - Campbell, W. E. - Carroll, Floid - Carroll, S. J. - Carroll, Stevie - Carter, Chas - Chatman, J. E. - Chatman, J. L. - Chesser, C. C. - Chesser, J. N. -Cobb, N. C. - Connally, B. T. - Cooksey, Dr. -  *Cooper, John (Col) - Cortis, Lucy - Cox, Cotton - Cox, Ernest - Cox, J. F. - Cox, Lou - Cox, W. M. - Craft, Sam - Crisp, Harry - Crittenden, Henry E. - Culler, Barto

- D -

Dabbs, Albert - Dabbs, S. A. - Davidson, E. T. - Dawson, S. B. - Dickerson, J. H. - Dorsie, James - Dry, (Mr.) - Duncan, Ed - Duncan, R. H.

- E -

Everman, J. A. - Emitt Mx ( with B. T. Connally) - Ewing, (Miss) Lana

- F -

Farmer, John - Fermin Mx - Figg, Frank M. - Fitzgerald, Mag - Frank Mx - Freeman, J. A. - French, Bill

- G -

Garica, Amedora Mx (Hall place) - Garice, Rufus - Garsie, Ramon Mx [Hall place] - Gibson, Dennis - Goble, Best - Goble, E. L. - Gorman & Chesser - Gregory, W. J. - Griffis (with D. M. Nelson) - Gunn, J. N.

- H -

Hall, Allie - Hall, J. F. - Hall, Joe Mx - Ham, Jack - Hanes, Buss - Hank, W. E. - Hank, W. E. - Hart, Chas - Haskins, Henry - Hawkins, John - Hetton, A. - Hill, C. H. - Hill, Chester - Hill, Exle - Hill, Zack - Himby, Jim - Hope, Loss - Honey, J. D. (at Sweny’s) - Hudson, W. D. - Hyatt, Jim - Hyatt, Oliver - Hyatt, Wence

- I -

Iverson, Will

- J -

Jackson, Bill - Jackson, J. M. - Jackson, J. T. - Jarrells, L. C. - Johnson, Burn - *Johnson, Ed - Johnson, Fred - Johnson, L. B. (Col “Ben”) - Jones, Henry - Jones, Lewis - Jordan, Tom - Joyce, W. H.

- K -

*Kight, Lee - King, Dolie - King, Emmitt Mx - King, Jent - King, W. B. - Kinkade, A. - Kirkpatrick, Frank - Kirkpatrick, Will H. - Kite, Sam - Krautz, Olif

- L -

Landford, (Miss) May - Landford, M. C. - Lankford, C. C. - *Lawson, H. D. - Lightfoot, H. W. - Lightfoot, Henry - Lyday & Joyce - Lyday & McKinnis - Lyday, D. E. - *Lyday, Ed - Lyday, Stevie - Lofee, Frank

- M -

McClellen, Denver - McGlothin, R. I. - McKinnis, H. C. - Manley, Sim - Marshall, Ed - Martin, John - Martin, S. V. - Martina (Mx) (with C. S. Bramlett) - *Melson, E. M. - Mendes, Pedro - Milton, Jim - Moore, M. L. - Morgan, B. T. - Morgan, F. P. - Morgan, Jess - Morrow, Bill - Mortinger, L. A. (with B. T. Connelly)

- N -

Neal, Dossie - Neal, F. W. - Neal, Martin - Nelson & Griffis - Nelson, Albert - Nelson, D. M. - Nelson, (Mrs.) E. M. - Nipper, J. D. - *Nipper, L. L. - Nipper, Roy - Noah, J. I. - Noat, J. J. - Norris, Ben - Norris, J. B. - Nunn, Chas

- O -

Odom, Sam - Oliphant, Fount - *Oliphant, Lige - Oliphant, Lucy

- P -

Parks, C. W. - Parks, (Mrs.) C. W. - Parks, J. C. - Parks, (Mrs.) John - Parks, Perry - Perali, Paul - Perallis, Vermine (Mx) - Perkins, Mose - Plummer, Joe - *Potts, Walter - Price, H. A. - Price, Lonie - Price, N. L. - Price, R. L. - *Price, Rob - Price, Roland - Provience, Bud - Provience, Leo - Pyles, J. J.

- Q -

Quarles, W. G.

- R -

Rainey, Rogers - Rarles (Mx) (Rainey place) - Reding, A. C. - Regalier, Andni (Mx) [Hall place] - Rich, John - Rich, Loid - Richard, Y. H. - Rippy, A. J. - Roberson, Tom - Roberts, Tom - *Roche, John, Sr. - Roche, T. H. - Rogers, Santo - Rosser, J. H.

- S -

Sanford, Milton - Sanford, W. H. - Santo (Mx) - Simon (Mx  Hall place) - Sirell (Col) - Shoulders, Arden - *Slack, Ernest - Sparks, J. A. - Spencer, Joe - Spencer, Shot - Spies, J. E. - Smith, Frank - Smith, Henry - Smith, Sam (Col) - Stanford, Ace - Stanford, J. K. - Stanford, Jake - Stanford, John - Stephens, Nip - Stephens, W. H. - Stevenson, Will - Steward, J. W. - *Steward, L. T. - Steward, R. H. - Stow, W. - Strowd, A. M. - Strowd, W. A. - Stubs, B. - Sudth, Joe - Swiney, Bill - Swiney, Nelson 

- T -

Thompson & Abernathy - Thompson, G. H. - *Topsey, Tom - Turner, J. O.

- U -

Underwood, John

- V -

Vaughan, Ida - Vaughan, J. A. - Vaughan, Olif - Vaughan, R. R. - Vaughan, R. V. - Vaughan, T. J. - Vaughan, Thur - Vernon, Paul - Vest, P.

- W -

*Walls, E. B. - Ward, J. F. - Wenforce, Isac - Wenston, Will - Weslup, Willie - West, Alvie - West, Oscar - Weston, Will - Whitwell, Chas - Whitwell, F. W. - Wier, A. J. - Wier, C. V. - Wier, Doyl - Wileford, Winfield - Williams, A. C. - Williams, Hugh - Wisely, Fred - Wisely, Ira - Wisely, Willie - *Wright, Joe - Wright, T. L. - Wright, Tomie

- Y -

Yardley, Alvin


Some individual accounts:


    J. E. Spies - Carried $390.90 forward to new ledger on October 6, 1914. (Some of this amount may have been owed on the accounts of tenants and laborers.) Later that month the balance due increased to $464.20, including interest of $41.95. On January 11, 1915, $400.10 was paid “by note.” Then until November 27, 1916 monthly charges averaged $8.30.

    E. V. Agnew - After an initial payment of $21.10, the maximum single payment was $17.25, with payments during 21 months averaging $9.20.

    D. E. Lyday - After initial payment of $44.60, maximum single payment was $30.55, with payments during 25 months averaging $13.15.

    T. L. Roche - Initial payment $28.75; maximum single payment $25.85; averaging $13.05 per month. Cash payments of less than one dollar were common.

    J. F. Hall - Payments on account were made regularly through April 29, 1916 when $21.45 was paid. Then in August $6.50 was paid with 6 1/2 rick of stove wood; $65.10 left owing. In late September the account was paid in full with $86.75 in cash. No interest appears to have been charged. Payments during 24.5 months averaged $14.00 per month.

    Allie Hall - Payments between mid-April 1916 and late September totaled $2.70.  On September 25, 55 cents was paid “by oats”. Payments averaged $11.20 per month. 

    C. W. Parks - Ledger opens October 1914 with balance due of 20 cents. From January 12-26, 1915, five payments “by Eggs” totaled $1.85. On March 27, 1915, 25 cents was paid by “alfalfa sowing”. Payments during 23 months averaged $3.95 per month.

    Loss Hope - Payment of $36.45 was made “by 1 bale cotton” on November 13, 1914, leaving balance of $17.85. On August 7 and 19, 1916, $1.00 each day was paid “by work.” Payments during 25 months averaged $4.35 per month.

    L. B. “Ben” Johnson - After payment of $20.70 on November 17, 1914, payments were regular through May 31, 1915. Then next payment was $12.96 on September 2.  In 1916 with last payment made June 3 and balance due on September 15 at $16.65, interest of $1.65 was charged. Payment in full—$18.80—was made October 12. Payments during 24 months averaged $3.90 per month.


    Harry Price employed Jewel Gay at the store in the early 20s. Hear Jewel tell.


    In August 1921, the suit of Harry A. Price vs. J. E. Spies, “a suit for debt,” saw C. W. Parks, Jim Reeves and W. W. Doggett, the Ravenna grocer, subpoenaed. Price claimed that Spies, in 1920, “owned and had cultivated several hundred acres of land...a part of which was worked by tenants.” An agreement between Price and Spies provided that Price, at his store in Mulberry, “sell to the tenants...goods...to enable said tenants to work such land.” They would receive “merchandise as called for,” subject to prearranged limits. Juan Rominez—“not exceeding an average of $25 per month”—got merchandise totaling $252.90. Other tenants named were Jesus Robago, Frendenco Moreno, Alberto Moreno, Gabriel Pena, Wenceslas Salinas, Bill Iverson, W. P. Parker and J. B. Reeves. “Past due and unpaid”—$3,436.22.

    Spies responded: the “only agreement...was the gratuitous verbal promise that if [Price] sold [Spies’] renters goods during 1920, [Spies] would endeavor to see that such renters did not dispose of their cotton without [Price] having the opportunity to collect his debts against such renters, if such renters made cotton enough to pay such debts....”




photo:


long after the Prices...


in 1948,


“the Store”


with Pierce Donaldson (left)

and Willie Hall