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NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



RG4214.AM:  Cain and House Company (Falls City, Neb.)



Records:  1876-1881

Falls City, Richardson County, Neb.:  General store

Size:  3 volumes and 1 folder



BACKGROUND NOTE



The Cain and House Company, formerly known as Powell and Cain, was a general merchandising business founded in 1873 in Falls City by George W. Powell and James R. Cain. By the late 1870s, Cain bought out Powell’s interest in the firm. Cain continued as sole owner of the business until 1880 when he sold a half-interest to D.R. House. The latter subsequently purchased the entire company one year later.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection of business records of the Cain and House Company (formerly known as Powell and Cain Company) consists of three volumes and one folder arranged in two series: 1) Account Books, 1876-1881; and 2) Legal Records, 1881.



The volumes of Series 1, Account Books, 1876-1881, contain records of daily receipts and expenditures as well as ledger accounts during the first five years of the company. Specifically, Volume 1 is a daybook that lists transactions chronologically from October 1876 to November 1879. Volume 2 (1878-1880) combines day book and ledger entries. Volume 3 is a ledger (including index) consisting of debit and credit entries for individual accounts for the period 1880-1881. Series 2 consists of copies of an unsigned lease agreement from 1881. Apparently, the firm of Powell and Cain was intending to lease building space.



DESCRIPTION



Series 1 – Account Books, 1876-1881



Volume




  1. Day book, 1876-1879

  2. Day book/ledger, 1878-1880

  3. Ledger, 1880-1881



Series 2 – Legal Records, 1881



Folder




  1. Lease Agreement, 1881



 



ADDED ENTRIES:



Cain and House Company (Falls City, Neb.)

Falls City (Neb.) — Businesses

Powell and Cain Company (Falls City, Neb.)

Richardson County (Neb.) — Businesses



 



Revised 08-23-2007   TMM