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RG3980.AM:  Jacob Ludwig, 1830-

Account Books, etc.:  1878-1892

Valentine, Cherry County, Neb.:  Lumber and grain dealer

Size:  0.5 cu.ft.; 1 box


According to the 1885 Cherry County census, a J. Ludwig was a resident of the village of Valentine. A native of Pennsylvania, Ludwig, with his wife, Amanda, and three children worked a farm. No other census information appears on Jacob Ludwig. The 1890-1891 Gazetteer shows an S. Ludwig (possibly a misprint) as proprietor of the Valentine Lumber Company. The next issue of the Gazetteer, 1893, lists J. Ludwig and Son (Daniel) as dealers in lumber and grain. By 1894-1895, only D.S. Ludwig was listed as a dealer in these products. Neither of the Ludwigs were entered into the 1902-1903 Gazetteer.


This collection consists of one box of manuscript material arranged in two series: 1) Account Books, 1878-1888; and 2) Miscellany, 1887-1892. This collection contains the financial records of Jacob Ludwig, farmer and lumber and grain dealer of Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska. The Account Books, 1878-1888, of Series 1 comprise the bulk of this collection. Volume 1 covers the years, 1878-1882 when Ludwig probably made his living by farming. This book shows transactions engaged in, providing the date of the transaction, the individual involved, debits and credits, and amount paid. Items involved are sometimes illegible. An alphabetical index of names is at the beginning. An “account of chickens” for the years, 1885-1887 is included at the end of the book. Volume 2 contains the same type of accounting information that appears in Volume 1. However, this book covers a later period, 1887-1888, and most of the entries reflect Ludwig’s lumber and grain business transactions, with a clearer record provided of merchandise being sold. The Miscellany, 1887-1892, of Series 2 contains Jacob Ludwig’s mortgage agreement and extension papers.


Series 1 – Account Books, 1878-1888

Box 1


  1. 1878-1882, Entries of Business Transactions

    1885-1887, “Account of Chickens”

  2. 1887-1888, Entries of Business Transactions, primarily lumber and grain business

Series 2 – Miscellany

  1. Mortgage Agreement and Extension Papers, 1887-1892



Cherry County (Neb.) — History

Grain trade — Nebraska

Ludwig, Jacob, 1830-

Lumber industry and trade — Nebraska — Cherry County

Valentine (Neb.) — Businesses


AIF/pjm   12-13-1979

Encoded TMM   06-16-2010