Where is the boy?

Sanborn & Chase Ad, circa. 1880 – 1910 (Mizerski)

You would be hard pressed to frequent any restaurant or residence in America that doesn’t have some sort of coffee on the menu or in the cupboard.  Regarding coffee manufacturers, Chase and Sanborn has been one of the largest players in U.S. history.  Throughout the late 1880s and early 1900s, they released a series promotional pieces commonly referred to as “Victorian trade cards”.  One of the more unique promotional pieces put out was the “Where is the boy?” campaign.

This trade card is full color, double-sided and die cut.  It features a hidden boy (on the reverse side) riding a donkey and sporting the Standard Java product logo with a customized local dealership selling the product.  Similar pieces can be found online using the same format, but featuring the Standard Java routine and additional tea product logos.  This beautiful piece is part of the Mizerski’s personal collection and indicates “Garrett Smith” as the Cleveland distributor.

Based on the information we were able to find, the Garrett Smith from the card above and the Garett Smith from the Lakeside Press articles, are one in the same.  On June 3, 1882, Garrett begins working part time at the Cheap Cash Store in Cleveland.  A week later, on June 10th, the store invests in a peddler’s cart and Garrett is sent off “to scour the country for eggs, etc.” for resale in the store.  That same month, on June 24th, the store comes under new management and on July 1st, Libby, the former store manager takes “a sudden departure” opening the door for an advancement opportunity for Mr. Smith.

On July 15, 1882, Garrett and Seymour Whaley, a recent graduate from business college in Newark, N.J., partner to form Smith and Whaley, taking control of the Cheap Cash Store.  Shortly after the new partnership was established, they started running large weekly ads in the Lakeside Press.

In September of 1882, the Cheap Cash Store expand services to include free delivery of purchases and the establishment appears to prosper over the next year.  On June 7th, 1883, the Smith and Whaley partnership is dissolved and the Cheap Cash Store becomes a sole proprietorship under Garrett.  The store remains active, at least through 1890 where Garrett is listed on the 1890 map as a general merchandising business.  We then loose visibility of the store’s history at that point.


The following a listing of Garret Smith excerpts from the Lakeside Press:

Lakeside Press, November 23, 1878

Those gum boots of Garret Smith’s were somewhat out of place at the concert Monday, evening

Lakeside Press, December 14, 1878

A social Christmas Eve. Party has been arranged for Tuesday evening Dec. 24th, at Audas Opera House, under the auspices of the Cleveland Quadrille Band, consisting of A. Morse, Jr., 1st violin; A. Watson, 2d violin; G. Smith, bass violin; C.E. Turck, cornet; J Houser, organ.  The Cleveland Cornet Band have been engaged for the occasion, and an enjoyable time is anticipated.  In connection with this even, there is to be a drawing for the prize of a ____.

Lakeside Press, July 12, 1879

The heirs of the Gerrit Smith estate bought the Midland coal trestle on their property in Oswego for $700.

Lakeside Press, September 27, 1879

E.R. was so affect at the departures of M.R., that he fell on the neck of Gerrit Smith and wept.

Lakeside Press, August 7, 1880

Garrett Smith is one of the handsomest young men along the Lake shore.

Several of the Gerret Smith Guards, of Oneida, who are encamped at Fish Creek, came here on a hand-car, Sunday, to attend service at St. Mary’s Church.

Lakeside Press, August 14, 1880

Our Handsome Young Men and Young Ladies
Bernhards’s Bay, Aug. 9th
Ed. Lakeside Press,

Last week we noticed with satisfaction your reference to our handsome young townsman, G. Smith.  Now as an admirer of the fair sex, allow me to record the opinion that Miss Lillie Perkins is one of our handsomest young ladies along the Lake shore.  Her dark brown hair, large, expressive gray eyes, rosy cheeks and fair complexion, make her indeed charming.

Observer

Lakeside Press, August 28th, 1880

Reference was made last week to a Sunday-school picnic held at Hillsboro, at which Watson, Houser, Smith and Hoose attended and furnished music.  We omitted to mention, however, that as remuneration for their services, the boys were presented with a large cake to be divided up between the quartet.  It appears, however, that upon their arrival home, and while Garret Smith was temporarily away, the cade was devoured, and he didn’t get any; and Garret declares that for pure, unadulterated meanness that “takes the cake.”

Lakeside Press, November 6, 1880

Dethloff was so full of enthusiasm election night that Garrett Smith had his hands full getting him home.

Lakeside Press, February 5, 1881

Garret Smith killed a sick cow yesterday for the hide.

Lakeside Press, March 19, 1881

The village tailor and G. Smith have had a “falling out” about a fiddle.

The Cleveland Cornet Band re-organized Saturday eve., March 12, [1881], by the election of the following officers for the ensuing six months:

  • Manager – C. Morenus
  • Leader – C. Carroll
  • Treasurer – F.J. App
  • Secretary – G. Smith

Regular meetings are to be held Friday evening of each week.  Rehearsals Monday evenings.

Lakeside Press, April 9, 1881

And Garret Smith has got to go to work, after all.  Truly, the world is full of disappointments and blasted hopes.

Lakeside Press, April 30, 1881

When the young lawyer is away “Chick” and G. Smith are second and third best, up on Clay Street.

Lakeside Press, June 4, 1881

Garret Smith’s two horses broke into Tasker’s wheat and clover lot, the other day, and enjoyed a feast.

Garret Smith, having tried various devices for scaring off crows, without success, says he has now engaged Ed. Roberts and Didloff to stand in the lot for that purpose.

Lakeside Press

Ed Hoose, “Honey” Best, Garret Smith and “Hana” Houser furnished music for a picnic party at Hillsboro, one day this weekend ____ the boys didn’t _____ on Garret.

Lakeside Press, November 12, 1881

Gerrit Smith is able to get out again.

Lakeside Press, December 24, 1881

Gerrit Smith and shoemaker Cole started for Syracuse Thursday morning, to visit three or four days.

Lakeside Press, January 14, 1882

Gerrit Smith wants to either buy or rent a residence.

Lakeside Press, January 28, 1882

The bottom facts about that adventure one night recently, when Dickinson’s dog took hold of Gerrit Smith.

Lakeside Press, March 4, 1882

Garret Smith is negotiating with C. Kathern for the purchase of the house adjourning the Episcopal Church.

Lakeside Press, June 3, 1882

Garret Smith puts in spare time as extra clerk at the Cheap Cash Store.

Lakeside Press, June 10, 1882

Cleveland, Oswego County, has two very distinguished residents – Horace Greeley and Garret Smith.

The Cheap Cash Store man has fitted out a peddling cart, and put Garret Smith in command, to scour the country for eggs, etc.

Lakeside Press, June 24, 1882

Gerrit Smith is to officiate in the Cheap Cash Store when Cal. Warn takes possession, July 1st.

Lakeside Press, July 8, 1882

Libby, the Cheap Cash Store man, took a sudden departure Wednesday afternoon, but is expected back here in a week or so.  Gerrit Smith has purchased his stock of goods, and is carrying on the business.  We hope he will make a success of it.

Lakeside Press, July 15, 1882

Seymour Whaley has returned from the business college at Newark, N.J., and entered into partnership with Gerrit Smith in the Cheap Cash Store.  The new firm are deserving of a liberal patronage.

Lakeside Press, July 22, 1882

The wide-awake and enterprising young firm of Smith and Whaley are working up a good trade, which bids fair to become quite extensive.  They have something to say this week in our advertising columns; and being an honorable firm, will do as they say; so it will probably be to the readers’ interests to call on them.

[Ad – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, July 20, 1882

The largest, finest and cheapest stock of boots and shoes ever seen in this town will be opened at Smith & Whaley’s next week.

Lakeside Press, July 29, 1882

Uncle John Deans entertained the boys at Smith & Whaley’s, Wednesday eve., with a genuine Scotch jig, to a lively tune from Watson’s fiddle.

[Ad – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, August 5, 1882

To get the very best cigar in town, you want to go to Smith & Whaley’s.  New brands, and every one warranted.

[Ad – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, August 12, 1882

The glass factory workmen held a large but private meeting in the room over Smith & Whaley’s store, Thursday evening.  The meeting was addressed by Isaac Cline, of Pittsburg, PA., president of the American Window Glass Workers’ Association, the organization embracing thousands of workmen and extending all over the country.  We learn that certain important demands have been made upon the manufacturers; and a meeting of the manufacturers of this state was called at Oneida, yesterday to take action thereon.

Something for the Ladies- Brainard’s Crystal Toilet Wash, a new and superior preparation for Beautifying the Complexion.  Price only 75 cents.  At Smith & Whaley’s.

No. 1 Mackerel, large and superior quality, in fact, the very best ever brought into this town at Smith and Whaley’s.

A 3lb. bar of Lautz Brothers Best Soup for 28 cents, and a good linen towel free, at Smith & Whaley’s Cheap Cash Store.

To get the very best cigar in town, you want to go to Smith & Whaley’s.  New brands, and every one warranted.

A large line of the latest style of Ginghams just received at Smith & Whaley’s Cheap Cash Store, which will be sold at remarkable low prices.

[Ad – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, August 26, 1882

Still They Come!  New goods nearly every day; and the latest addition is a handsome assortment of the very latest style hats, stiff or soft, in fur, felt or wool.  Remember, these are the Very Latest Fall Style, and the price will make satisfactory.  Smith & Whaley

Something for the Ladies- Brainard’s Crystal Toilet Wash, a new and superior preparation for Beautifying the Complexion.  Price only 75 cents.  At Smith & Whaley’s.

Peaches at Smith & Whaley’s.

[Ad – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, September 2, 1882

G Smith has finally sold his buggy to Dr. Potter.

[Ad – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, September 9, 1882

Smith & Whaley have purchased a new platform spring wagon.  They will now deliver all goods free of charge.

[Ad2 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, September 16, 1882

The junior member of the firm of Smith & Whaley is ailing considerably with an affection of the heart.  His partner is much concerned.

Sweet Potatoes at Smith & Whaley’s

[Ad2 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, September 23, 1882

A set of elegant glassware, consisting of 1 sugar bowl, 1 milk pitcher, 1 spoon holder, and a butter dish, all for 50 cents. At Smith & Whaley’s

[Ad2 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, September 30, 1882

[Ad2 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, October 7, 1882

[Ad2 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, October 14, 1882

[Ad2 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, October 21, 1882

Do you want the best 20 cent coffee?
Do you want the best 30 cent Java coffee?
Do you want the best 50 cent Japan tea?
Do you want the best No. 2 mackerel for 8 cents?
If you do, call on Smith & Whaley

[Ad2 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, October 28, 1882

[Ad2 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, November 4, 1882

[Ad2 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, November 11, 1882

[Ad2 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, November 18, 1882

The celebrated “Moss Agate” cigar – 2 for 5 cents – at Smith & Whaley’s.

Call at Smith & Whaley’s and try a pound of their new 15 cent tea and enjoy a good cup of tea.

Monday night, Smith’s old dog wanted to get out of the cold, and demolished a front window light of the Cheap Cash Store.  The owner attempted to kick him full of holes, but the canine vanished.

[Ad2 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, November 25, 1882

The following was rendered for the good of the order at the Lodge meeting Friday eve., Nov. 17th:

  1. Musical trio: A. Watson, violin; E. Hoose, cornet; G. Smith, baritone.
  2. Solo, by A. Watson
  3. Instrumental music, by Miss Libbie Extale.
  4. Two fine readings by Dr. Potter.

[Ad2 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, December 2, 1882

[Ad2 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, December 9, 1882

A correspondent writes: “Smith & Whaley now have the Cheap Cash Store ornamented with tiny “cupids,” which hang suspended above their counter by a string; we don’t wonder that two such fascinating young gents should attract those little winged beauties, but why tie them up?”

Great Closing Out Sale of tobacco.  Tobacco at one-third less than the usual cost.  At Smith & Whaley’s.

Just received at Smith & Whaley’s, the largest line of Men’s Furnishing Goods, Underwear and Hosiery; also Ladies’ Underwear, Hosiery, and Knit Goods.  Call and examine, and we guarantee prices will be satisfactory.

A fancy line of men’s neckwear just received at Smith and Whaley’s.

Holiday Goods!  Embracing a fine variety of Children’s sets, Fancy Cups and Saucers, Vases, etc. which can be had at low prices, at Smith & Whaley’s.

[Ad2 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, December 16, 1882

[Ad2 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, December 30, 1882

[Ad2 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, January 6, 1883

[Ad2 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, January 13, 1883

[Ad2 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, January 20, 1883

[Ad3 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, January 27, 1883

[Ad3 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, February 3, 1883

[Ad3 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, February 10, 1883

[Ad3 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, February 17, 1883

[Ad3 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, February 24, 1883

[Ad3 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, March 3, 1883

[Ad3 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, March 10, 1883

The largest stock and handsomest patterns of wall paper in town, just received at Smith & Whaley’s.

[Ad3 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, March 17, 1883

[Ad3 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, March 24, 1883

[Ad3 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, March 31, 1883

[Ad3 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, April 7, 1883

[Ad3 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, April 11, 1883

[Ad3 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, April 18, 1883

[Ad3 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, April 21, 1883

[Ad4 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, April 28, 1883

[Ad4 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, May 5, 1883

[Ad4 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, May 5, 1883

A few members of the Cleveland Cornet Band rehearse semi-occasionally in Smith & Whaley’s store.

[Ad4 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, May 12, 1883

[Ad4 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, May 19, 1883

[Ad4 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, May 26, 1883

[Ad4 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, June 2, 1883

600 yards of Gingham at 6.5 cents per yard, just received.

Stop! And see some of the latest patterns of Sateen, just received, at 22 cents per yard at Smith & Whaley’s.

[Ad4 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, June 9, 1883

Dissolution of Partnership

Notice is hereby given that the partnership heretofore existing under the firm name of Smith & Whaley has this day been dissolved by mutual consent.  The business will be carried on in the name of Gerrit Smith of said firm, who assumes all liabilities of said firm, and to whom all debts due are to be paid.

Gerrit Smith
S.H. Whaley
June 7, 1883

[Ad4 – Smith & Whaley]

Lakeside Press, June 16, 1883

[Ad5 – G. Smith]

Lakeside Press, June 28, 1883

[Ad5 – G. Smith]

Lakeside Press, July 7, 1883

Notice

All persons indebted to the late firm of Smith & Whaley must settle by the 15th of July, or they will be placed for collection. G. Smith

[Ad5 – G. Smith]

Lakeside Press, July 14, 1883

[Ad5 – G. Smith]

Lakeside Press, July 21, 1883

[Ad5 – G. Smith]

Lakeside Press, July 28, 1883

[Ad5 – G. Smith]

1890 Cleveland Map


 

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