Minnesota Territory 1849-1858
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Keeping House

Lizzie Fuller kept a careful record of the household expenses. This page from her account book shows expenses for the house from July through December 1857.

Lizzie's purchases in July--a tack hammer, door hinge, and grindstone--suggest repair work. In August she bought new items for the dining table, including glasses, bowls, spoons, and candlesticks. In September she spent $4.75 on 12 yards of furniture patchwork and a bedspread. In November and December Lizzie repaired the stoves.