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James Lawther

Title: Invoice for Building Materials
Type: Document
Date: 1867
Source: Goodhue County Historical Society

Description: Lawther's work in Red Wing involved many building projects. This invoice shows some of the building materials he ordered from a local hardware store.
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Invoice for Building Materials


  1. This invoice lists items Lawther purchased from a local hardware store. Since most of the items are materials that would be used for building, what can we assume Lawther is doing with the materials?

  2. If Lawther is doing some construction in the Red Wing area, why might it be important that this hardware dealer is also located in Red Wing?

  3. How did Lawther pay for the goods he purchased?

  4. By studying this invoice, what details about the time period can we learn?