In January 1906, butcher Grant T. Foster placed this purchase order for an oak-finished cooler with the South Carolina-based salesman for McCray Refrigerator Company. The $220 unit was to be shipped to Wilson via Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
Deed book ___, page 122, Register of Deeds office, Wilson County.
In April 1898, Grant T. Foster entered into a contract to purchase on credit $85 worth of equipment from Cincinnati Butchers’ Supply Company. To secure the purchase, he gave the company a mortgage on his business. On 23 June 1898, having been paid in full, Cincinnati Butchers released Foster from the mortgage. Their notice to the Register of Deeds was pasted into the deed volume, so the details of the transaction are obscured, but a reference to a cooler measuring 4 feet by six feet by nine feet is visible.
This note was placed in the deed book as well.
An advertisement touting Foster’s meat market can be found here.
Deed book 46, page 523, Register of Deeds Office, Wilson.