Furriers – Tanners

Starting with the History Thinking about it…to come to a new country and carve out a living. Not much in the way of jobs and money. There were a lot of tanners, they used the hides to trade for other things they needed or wanted. Several of the earliest became very wealthy. In 1750’s half dressed deer skins averaged  2 to 2.5 lbs and sold for 40 cents a pound, roughly a dollar per hide. It was not uncommon for a buffalo hide to sell for 10 livres (franks). Winter elk , bear and buffalo hides were not sought after, as … Read more

1895

<< Previous  Next>> The Wichita Daily Eagle Wichita, Kansas Feb 2 1895 KILLING THE BISON HERDS OF BUFFALO BUTCHERING AND WIPED OUT OF EXISTENCE IN A FEW MONTHS Hundreds of Thousands Slaughtered In a Couple of Years After the Hunting Became General- Story of the Chase and Battle in the Gorge. Before the Northern Pacific railroad had crossed the continent west of the Missouri river this section of the country bounded by that river on the east and the Rockies on the west and stretching from the Platte, in Nebraska, northward to the British line, was the greatest stamping ground … Read more

1883

<< Previous  Next>> ” Slaughtered for a Pastime” ” Shall the Buffalo Go? Reminiscences of an Old Buffalo Hunter” Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, Vol. XV, May 1883, New York, Original vintage wood engraving, 1883 On loan from Historic Photographs by Imagi Gallery / Jamestown Weekly Alert Jamestown, North Dakota  Jan 12 1883 Bismarck Tribune: Two compositors on the Jamestown Alert went out New Year’s Day to slay a buffalo. They had crawled a quarter of a mile through the snow to get a shot at  a lot of cows which they mistook for bison, when a bulldog appeared suddenly and … Read more