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Archives of Georgetown, Delaware, businesses


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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Overview and metadata sections

The collection consists primarily of materials related to three prominent businesses that were active in Georgetown, Delaware, at the turn of and into the mid-twentieth century: J.W. Blizzard, Layton & Layton, and the Georgetown Gas Company.

J.W. Blizzard operated a general store located at the corner of Rose and Prince Streets in Georgetown, as well as an additional business called The Foot Store. Included in the collection are invoices, receipts, and correspondence from the many distributors whose goods were sold by Blizzard.

The firm of Layton & Layton, established by L. Lee Layton, Jr., furnished supplies for J.W. Blizzard. As a wholesale distributor, Layton & Layton not only provided goods for other local businesses such as J.W. Blizzard but for numerous Sussex County residents as well.

Also included in the collection are delivery receipts for the Georgetown Gas Company. Customers consisted largely of individual residents rather than local businesses. The collection also contains assorted materials related to individual residents of Sussex County and a small collection of ephemera concerning agriculture, particularly tractor manuals and catalogs.

Information derived from collection.

The Archives of Georgetown, Delaware, businesses is the gift of Milt Chaski, Jr., who acquired the material in one "odd lot" at an auction sale. Related business miscellany from a later purchase was added to the collection. The collection comprises business records and receipts from three businesses, as well as additional ephemera from Sussex County, allowing a glimpse of regional dry goods transactions, wholesale delivery, and agricultural supplies in the area. As paper Americana, the collection yields many examples of interesting letterhead and receipts. Spanning the years 1893-1949 with the bulk of the material dating from 1919-1927, the collection is divided into three series related to businesses and two series of miscellany.

The first series consists of materials related to J.W. Blizzard’s Georgetown business including invoices, receipts, bills of lading, and correspondence. Blizzard acquired his goods from companies across the country, especially from Baltimore and Philadelphia, including Lippincott and Company and the Howard Manufacturing Company. Blizzard had many transactions with distributor Layton & Layton.

The second series includes materials related to the wholesale distributor, Layton & Layton, another Georgetown supplier. Layton & Layton had dealings with some of the most prominent suppliers in the country, such as Postum Cereal Company, McCormick and Company (spices), Sherwin-Williams Company (paints), and the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (tobacco products).

The third series in the collection contains receipts generated by the Georgetown Gas Company. These include carbon copies for gas deliveries made to residences. The collection also contains a fourth series of material related to Sussex County, Delaware. Included are bills of lading for deliveries made to Sussex County by the Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington Railroad, materials related to stock purchases by Susan Ennes, legal documents regarding the estate of James H. Warren, and items belonging to Linda Lank of Lewes.

The fourth series consists of miscellaneous Sussex County, Delaware, materials, such as receipts for services provided and materials purchased, correspondence, and legal documents.

The final series of the collection consists of ephemera concerning agriculture. Included in this series are pictures and manuals and catalogs related to various makes and models of tractors.

  1. Boxes 1-3: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons
  2. Box 4: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes

Gift of Milt Chaski, Jr. 2003 and purchase, 2004.

Processed by Theresa Hessey, September/October 2003. Revised April, 2004. Encoded by Thomas Pulhamus, March 2010. Additional encoding by Jaime Margalotti, March 2014.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2010 March 22
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

A.B. Cunningham, 1904-1921.
Box 1 Folder F1
A.G. Walton, 1919-1926.
Box 1 Folder F2
American Tobacco Company, 1914-1927.
Box 1 Folder F3
American Wholesale Corporation, 1919-1927, undated.
Box 1 Folder F4
Argee Hair Net Company, 1925.
Box 1 Folder F5
Armour and Company, 1906-1918.
Box 1 Folder F6
Atlantic Refining Company, 1904-1949, undated.
Box 1 Folder F7
Automotive Equipment Company, Inc., 1925.
Box 1 Folder F8
Baltimore Bargain House, 1913-1919.
Box 1 Folder F9
Bell, Walt, and Company, 1919-1927.
Box 1 Folder F10
Booker, Scott, and Moore Company, 1904-1926, undated.
Box 1 Folder F11
Brown and Williamson Tobacco Company, 1926-1927.
Box 1 Folder F12
Butler Brothers, 1902-1922.
Box 1 Folder F13
Butler Brothers, 1923-1927, undated.
Box 1 Folder F14
Calhoun and Jones Company, 1904-1912.
Box 1 Folder F15
Capelle Hardware Company, 1913-1915.
Box 1 Folder F16
Carter, Webster, and Company, 1904-1921.
Box 1 Folder F17
Carter, Webster, and Company, 1922-1927.
Box 1 Folder F18
Charles H. Atkins, 1902-1906.
Box 1 Folder F19
Claflin, Thayer, and Company, 1902-1904, undated.
Box 1 Folder F20
Daniel Miller and Company, 1904-1927.
Box 1 Folder F21
Delaware Power and Light, 1947-1949.
Box 1 Folder F22
Diamond State Roller Mills, 1906-1919.
Box 1 Folder F23
Diamond State Roller Mills, 1919-1923.
Box 1 Folder F24
Diamond State Roller Mills, 1925-1928.
Box 1 Folder F25
Dixon-Bartlett Company, 1919-1926.
Box 1 Folder F26
D.M. Ferry and Company, 1902-1927, undated.
Box 1 Folder F27
Mrs. Elizabeth Fleming, 1902-1909.
Box 1 Folder F28
Endicott Johnson Company, 1919-1925, undated.
Box 1 Folder F29
English American Tailoring Corporation Ltd., 1922-1925.
Box 1 Folder F30
Everwear Hosiery, 1922-1923.
Box 1 Folder F31
F.A. Davis and Sons, 1919-1927.
Box 1 Folder F32
Frank and Sons, 1921-1925.
Box 1 Folder F33
Frank China Company, 1927.
Box 1 Folder F34
Frank Rogers, 1924-1925.
Box 1 Folder F35
Garrett, Miller, and Company, 1925.
Box 1 Folder F36
George E. Kennerly and Company, 1927.
Box 1 Folder F37
George H. Prettyman, 1914-1922.
Box 1 Folder F38
Georgetown Lumber Company, 1935-1940.
Box 1 Folder F39
Georgetown Roller Mills Company, Inc., 1906-1922.
Box 1 Folder F40
Gilbert Brothers and Company, 1906-1923.
Box 1 Folder F41
Goodyear Rubber Company, 1925.
Box 1 Folder F42
Greenfield Glove Manufacturing Company, 1926-1927.
Box 1 Folder F43
Harrington and Company, Inc., 1947, undated.
Box 1 Folder F44
Henlopen Flour Mills, 1902.
Box 1 Folder F45
H.O. Wilbur and Sons, Inc., 1925-1927.
Box 1 Folder F46
Howard Manufacturing Company, 1923.
Box 1 Folder F47
Hudson & Hudson, 1909-1910.
Box 1 Folder F48
Hudsons Bakery, 1919-1923.
Box 1 Folder F49
Hudsons Bakery, 1925-1927.
Box 1 Folder F50
J.E. Dayton, Company, 1919.
Box 1 Folder F51
J.E. Holland, 1904-1914.
Box 1 Folder F52
J.F. and C.J. Truitt, 1922.
Box 1 Folder F53
J.H. McCullough and Son, 1925.
Box 1 Folder F54
J.J. Morris, 1923.
Box 1 Folder F55
J.L. Taylor and Company, 1925.
Box 1 Folder F56
Joseph G. Green, Inc., 1948.
Box 1 Folder F57
Joseph M. Zamoiski Company, 1925.
Box 1 Folder F58
J.W. Blizzard, 1925, undated.
Box 1 Folder F59
Kern, Lauderbach, and Company, 1902-1906.
Box 1 Folder F60
Laing, Harrar, and Chamberlain, 1921-1923.
Box 1 Folder F61
Lambertville Rubber Company, 1921-1925.
Box 1 Folder F62
Layton & Ayers, 1923-1927, undated.
Box 2 Folder F63
Layton & Layton, 1902-1904.
Box 2 Folder F64
Layton & Layton, 1906-1917.
Box 2 Folder F65
Layton & Layton, 1919.
Box 2 Folder F66
Layton & Layton, 1921.
Box 2 Folder F67
Layton & Layton, 1922.
Box 2 Folder F68
Layton & Layton, 1923.
Box 2 Folder F69
Layton & Layton, 1925.
Box 2 Folder F70
Layton & Layton, 1926.
Box 2 Folder F71
Layton & Layton, 1927.
Box 2 Folder F72
Levering Coffee Company, 1919-1927.
Box 2 Folder F73
Lippincott and Company, 1902-1906.
Box 2 Folder F74
Max Miller and Sons, Inc., 1922-1925.
Box 2 Folder F75
Menzies Shoe Company, 1921-1923.
Box 2 Folder F76
Mexican American Hat Company, 1925-1926.
Box 2 Folder F77
Miltonian Company, 1914.
Box 2 Folder F78
Miscellaneous Receipts and Invoices, 1902-1949, undated.
Box 2 Folder F79
Music Master Corporation, 1925.
Box 2 Folder F80
National Biscuit Company, 1919-1927, undated.
Box 2 Folder F81
Olin D. Johnson, 1921-1934.
Box 2 Folder F82
Otto Eisenlohr and Brothers, 1923-1925.
Box 2 Folder F83
P.W. Minor and Son, Inc., 1925-1926.
Box 2 Folder F84
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, 1916-1926.
Box 2 Folder F85
Rouse, Hempstone, and Company, 1922-1925.
Box 2 Folder F86
Rummel, Himes, and Company, 1906-1927.
Box 2 Folder F87
Scholl Manufacturing Company, Inc., 1919-1925.
Box 2 Folder F88
Scotch Woolen Mills, 1925.
Box 2 Folder F89
Scotten, Dillon Company, 1925, undated.
Box 2 Folder F90
Selak and Hoffman, 1906-1914.
Box 2 Folder F91
Sterling Company, 1925.
Box 2 Folder F92
Steven Strong Shoe Company, 1925-1926, undated.
Box 2 Folder F93
Sussex Printing and Publishing Company, 1922.
Box 2 Folder F94
Trenton Shirt Manufacturing Company, 1925-1927.
Box 2 Folder F95
Union Candy Company, 1919-1922.
Box 2 Folder F96
Union Oil Corporation, 1925-1926.
Box 2 Folder F97
Union Republican, 1925-1927.
Box 2 Folder F98
V.J. Brown and Sons, 1906.
Box 2 Folder F99
Walls and Brothers, 1902-1904.
Box 2 Folder F100
W. Bodek Company, Inc., 1923.
Box 2 Folder F101
W.F. Keith, 1926-1927.
Box 2 Folder F102
W.H. Cook, 1913-1915.
Box 2 Folder F103
Whittemore Brothers Corporation, 1921-1924.
Box 2 Folder F104
W.L. Douglas Shoe Company, 1919-1926.
Box 2 Folder F105
W.O. Covey, 1926-1927.
Box 2 Folder F106

A.B. Griffing and Son, 1909-1915.
Box 2 Folder F107
Arbuckle Brothers, 1915.
Box 2 Folder F108
Baker Glass Company, 1901-1906.
Box 2 Folder F109
Bawo and Dotter, 1896-1908.
Box 2 Folder F110
Berry Brothers Limited, 1895-1906.
Box 2 Folder F111
Boorum and Pease Company, 1902-1908.
Box 2 Folder F112
Bosman and Lohman Company, 1902-1908.
Box 2 Folder F113
Boyer and Company, 1910.
Box 2 Folder F114
Clawson Company, 1909-1915.
Box 3 Folder F115
D.I. Bushnell and Company, 1906-1909.
Box 3 Folder F116
Frank Burns, 1910-1917.
Box 3 Folder F117
George Blome and Son Company, 1909-1910.
Box 3 Folder F118
George W. Helme Company, 1911-1914.
Box 3 Folder F119
J. Bolgiano and Son, 1906-1911.
Box 3 Folder F120
J. Frank Shull and Company, 1898-1907.
Box 3 Folder F121
John J. Buffington and Company, 1906-1912.
Box 3 Folder F122
Kenton Baking Powder Company, 1914-1916.
Box 3 Folder F123
Liggett and Myers Tobacco Company, 1915-1916.
Box 3 Folder F124
McCormick and Company, 1916.
Box 3 Folder F125
Miscellaneous Receipts and Invoices, 1897-1921, undated.
Box 3 Folder F126
Parke, Davis, and Company, 1896-1906.
Box 3 Folder F127
Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, 1907.
Box 3 Folder F128
Postum Cereal Company, Ltd., 1909-1913.
Box 3 Folder F129
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, 1916.
Box 3 Folder F130
Sherwin-Williams Company, 1893-1905.
Box 3 Folder F131
S.H. Levin’s Sons, 1915-1916.
Box 3 Folder F132
Soda Mint Gum Company, 1904-1905.
Box 3 Folder F133
Southern Manufacturing Company, 1908.
Box 3 Folder F134
Speakman Supply and Pipe Company, 1906.
Box 3 Folder F135
Spool Cotton Company, 1907-1909.
Box 3 Folder F136
Stafford’s Inks, 1902-1903.
Box 3 Folder F137
Standard Mineral Water Company, 1893-1904.
Box 3 Folder F138
Steuart, Knatz, and Company, 1905-1908.
Box 3 Folder F139
Strater Brothers Tobacco Company, 1898-1909.
Box 3 Folder F140
Sussex Journal, 1894-1905.
Box 3 Folder F141
Sussex Printing and Publishing Company, 1907-1908.
Box 3 Folder F142

Georgetown Gas Company, 1924 January.
Box 3 Folder F143
Georgetown Gas Company, 1924 April.
Box 3 Folder F144
Georgetown Gas Company, 1924 April.
Box 3 Folder F145
Georgetown Gas Company, 1924 May.
Box 3 Folder F146
Georgetown Gas Company, 1924 June.
Box 3 Folder F147
Georgetown Gas Company, 1924 November.
Box 3 Folder F148
Georgetown Gas Company, 1924 December.
Box 3 Folder F149
Georgetown Gas Company, 1925 April.
Box 3 Folder F150

Ennes/Ennis/Evans, 1912-1930, undated.
Box 3 Folder F151
Scope and Contents

Receipts for the purchase of stock, correspondence

Lank, 1933-1943.
Box 3 Folder F152
Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous receipts for services provided and materials purchased, Maytag certificate

Warren Estate, 1929.
Box 3 Folder F153
Scope and Contents

Legal documents establishing Linda E. Warren as administratrix of the estate of James H. Warren.

Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington Railroad, 1907-1914.
Box 3 Folder F154
Scope and Contents

Bill of lading for items shipped to J. Horace Derrickson of Dagsboro and an additional bill of lading for goods shipped from Georgetown to W.S. Morris of Felton.

Acme Road Machinery Company Rollers Catalog, 1927.
Box 3 Folder F155
Agricultural Almanac, 1907-1940.
Box 3 Folder F156
Scope and Contents

Consists of years 1907, 1930, 1934-1936, 1938, and 1940

Agricultural Pictures.
Box 3 Folder F157
Scope and Contents

Various pictures relating to agricultural work

Antique Tractor Serial Number Index, 1900-1965.
Box 3 Folder F158
Carbureter Tune-Up Manual, 1934.
Box 3 Folder F159
Del-Mar-Va-Lous Chicken Recipes, 1949.
Box 3 Folder F160
Dunbar Manufacturing Company, 1961.
Box 3 Folder F161
Ford Dealers’ Equipment Directory, 1927.
Box 3 Folder F162
Fordson Tractor: An Advertising History, 1919-1937.
Box 3 Folder F163
Frick Company Catalog, 1912.
Box 3 Folder F164
Gas Engine Magazine, Vol. 26 No. 12, 1991 December.
Box 3 Folder F165
Gasoline Engines, 1884-1934.
Box 3 Folder F166
Gas Power, 1909.
Box 3 Folder F167
Ignition Tune-up Analyzer Manual.
Box 3 Folder F168
International Harvester Company Data Book #1, 1900-1940.
Box 3 Folder F169
John I. Brown and Son, Lozenge Advertisements.
Box 3 Folder F170
John Deere General Purpose “A”, “B”, “G” Series.
Box 3 Folder F171
John Deere General Purpose Models “A”, “B”, “G”, “H” Series.
Box 3 Folder F172
John Deere General Purpose Two Cylinder.
Box 3 Folder F173
John Deere Instruction Manual.
Box 3 Folder F174
John Deere No. 5 Power Mower Directions.
Box 3 Folder F175
John Deere Parts Catalog, 1940.
Box 3 Folder F176
John Deere Shop Manual, 1953.
Box 3 Folder F177
John Deere Tractor Plows Directions.
Box 3 Folder F178
John Deere Tractors, 1918-1976.
Box 3 Folder F179
John Deere Various Advertisements.
Box 3 Folder F180
Management of Marine Gasoline Engines, 1914.
Box 3 Folder F181
Massey-Harris High Arch Tractors.
Box 3 Folder F182
Massey-Harris Operating Instructions.
Box 3 Folder F183
Massey-Harris Wallis 20-30 Tractor.
Box 3 Folder F184
McCormick No. 3 Operator’s Manual.
Box 3 Folder F185
Minneapolis-Moline Data Book #2, 1910-1959.
Box 3 Folder F186
Novo Engine Company Operating Instructions, 1927.
Box 3 Folder F187
Oliver Serial Numbers and Years, 1982.
Box 3 Folder F188
Operator’s Manual, Oliver Corporation, 1957.
Box 3 Folder F189
Spencer Magazine Feed Heaters.
Box 3 Folder F190
Threshers, 1900-1948.
Box 3 Folder F191
Year of the Tractor, 1919.
Box 3 Folder F192

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