|Creator:||Carbine Hardware Co. (Madison, Ga.).|
|Creator:||Farmer's Hardware Co. (Madison, Ga.).|
|Title:||Farmer's Hardware Co. records|
|Quantity:||5.2 Linear feet (10 document boxes, 1 oversized box)|
|Abstract:||Correspondence, receipts, orders, ledgers, printed material, and other records of the Farmer's Hardware Company in Madison, Georgia, mainly from the turn of the 20th century.|
The Farmer's Hardware Store in Madison, Georgia was opened sometime in the mid 1850's. It is the oldest hardware store in the United States. When it was first started, it was called the Carbine Hardware Store, named for the man who owned and operated it, Mr. P.V. Carbine. The earliest records in this collection are from 1876 although the majority of records start in 1889.
In 1903, W.L. Carbine took over ownership of the Carbine Hardware Co. from P.V. Carbine, retaining the same name. He operated it for four years until 1907 when he was forced to close it.
In December of 1907, Jno L. Moore called a meeting of all stock holders and bought the Carbine Hardware Co. renaming it the Farmer's Hardware Co.
Records are very complete from 1889 to 1917, but after 1917 are very sketchy. There are some from the mid 1930s, the mid 40s, and the mid 60s. Apparently there was a fire that destroyed a great deal of the records from about 1930 to 1960. The hardware company has been in business for over a century and is now owned by Ace Hardware.
This collection includes correspondence from 1889-1937, receipts from 1889-1917, 1922, 1925, 1927, 1930, 1936, 1946-1948, 1962-1963, orders from 1889-1908, printed material from 1889-1960, ledgers, and miscelleaneous papers from 1889-1940.
Gift of Neta P. Peppers, Peppers & Assc., Madison, Ga., 1986.
Farmer's Hardware Co. records. MS 2460. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the University of Georgia Libraries.