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

1801-1810

<< Previous  Next>> 1801-1810-The Last Buffalo Killed in Ohio.  The Evening Post New York, New York May 6 1802  [The following extract from Mackenzie’s Voyages, republished in this city by Mr. Hopkins, will give some idea of the authors manner of writing. It is hoped it may serve to attract notice to this work and patronage to the publisher.] “The Portage la Roche is of a level surface, in some parts of bounding with stones, and covered with cypress, the pine, this spruce fir, and other trees natural to it’s soil. Within three miles of the North-West termination, there is … Read more

1884

<< Previous  Next>> / Manitoba Free Press Winnipeg Manitoba Can Jan 2 1884 SL Bedson bison herd /   / The Daily Republican Monongahela, Pennsylvania Mar 22 1884 THE BISON CHASE The prairie stretches on, and on, a boundless, bellowing see! As free as Rovers of the main, are gallant steeds and we! Then ho! hillo! Draw well the girth, knot tight strong for fast far we o! Aye, ready, comrades? Ready all! The day is just begun- Hurrah! Rare sport we’ll see, I ween, before the set of sun! Then ho! hillo! Our horses sniff the clear, crisp air … Read more