Devonshire Farm
Records, 1896-1919

Mss: 1
1896-1919
D499

Historical Note:

Harry S. Stockwell, son of Sumner and Charlotte (Rice), was born March 9, 1875 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He was the son of the man considered to be the best farmer in Worcester County. Purchasing land in Sutton, Massachusetts, Stockwell and his partner, John Gifford, engaged primarily in dairy farming. They sold their products in stores and hired peddlers to go to the nearby towns of Worcester and Whitins. Devonshire Farm also participated in the annual county fairs which showcased livestock.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of day books and ledgers from 1896-1919. The daybooks show receipts for sale of dairy products such as milk, butter, cream; also included are sales of fruits and vegetables. The ledgers contain appraisals of farm and farm property, peddling receipts, household and farm expenses. Volumes include:

Vol. 1 - Day Book, October 1897-April 1901.
The daybook is written mostly in pencil. Attached to the back cover is a letter from the freight office of Boston & Maine Railroad, regarding an overcharge for the shipment of livestock

Vol. 2 - Day Book, April 1901-December 1902.
The daybook is written mostly in pencil. It includes such items as a "Cash at Farm" and Worcester Receipts". The first six pages contain notes from an English Literature course.

Vol. 3 - Day Book, January 1903-September 1904.
The daybook is written in pencil. An inscription in the front of the volume reads "Harry G. Stockwell Amherst, Mass.". The first twenty-one pages are notes for "Geology-Volume II, Winter Term 1893". The notes on the inside front cover relate to an estate settlement and a memorial window donation.

Vol. 4 - Ledger, April 1896-May 23, 1899.
The volume begins with an alphabetical index. It includes an annual appraisal of farm and farm property, peddling receipts, farm and household expenses. Individual accounts include Leon Socia, J. W. Stockwell, L. Briggs, Charles Howard, F. A. Slayton, Alfred Putnam, Frank Young, George Campbell, J. H. Gifford, Loren Aldrich, A. T. Young, J. S. Davis, Jr., Fiske Warren, Personal Expense of J. E. Gifford, H. S. Stockwell, J. S. Davis & Son, Town Farm, Frank Clark, Arthur Taylor, H. A. Richardson, Fred Clark, Elmer Hill, J. H. B. Miller.

Vol. 5 - Ledger, April 1, 1900-March 30, 1901.
The volume begins with an alphabetical index. It includes an annual appraisal of farm and farm property, peddling and cattle receipts, household and farm expenses. Individual accounts include J. W. Stockwell, Fred Clark, Frank Clark, Milton Sherman, Charles Howard, George Campbell, J. E. Gifford, Miss M. L. Stockwell, A. A. Putnam, A. M. Briggs, H. S. Stockwell, F. A. Slayton, Lyman W. Allen, John White, A. T. Young, Frank Hoyle, Reuben Leland, J. S. Davis, Myron Allen, Lewis Stockwell, William Davis, Vincent Campbell, H. A. Richardson, Frank Clark.

Vol. 6 - Ledger, April 1, 1901-February 6, 1906.
The volume begins with an alphabetical index. It includes peddling receipts, household and farm expenses. Individual accounts include George Perry, Ida Richardson, Alton Thompson, Milton Sherman, Mrs. Marble Putnam, A. T. Young, Kate Chace, A. A. Goodell, L. C. Howard, Harry Campbell, G. Lewis Stockwell, Lyman W. Allen, H. F. Lombard, F. A. Dodge, L. C. Hoyle, J. W. Stockwell, C. A. Howard, M. Louise Stockwell, Cattle & Fairs, H. S. Stockwell, Frank Young, Millbury National Bank, H.S. Ray, School Wood, Myron Allen, Cranberry Co. Frank Clark, H. A. Richardson, J. G. Gifford, William Davis.

Vol. 7 - Ledger, April 1, 1904, April 1908-December 29, 1913.
The volume begins with an alphabetical index and includes peddling receipts for April-July 1904; the remaining accounts are from 1908-1913. The volumes includes peddling receipts, household and farm expenses. Individual accounts include William H. Davis, Hollis Sherman, Frank Clark, Alonzo Davis, Vincent Campbell, John Coulter, Kate Chace, Delbert Warren, Harry Davis, Arthur Davis, William Gilbert, Fred A. Dodge, Peter Morris, Harold Andrews, J. S. Gifford, Martin Shaw, John E. Gifford, Wallace King, Charles Howard, Clifton Batcheller, Estate of Fred A. Dodge, H. S. Stockwell, R. H. Richardson, A. M. Griggs, Frank Young.

Additional material in collection includes house expenses, 1918-1919, and loose pieces of paper taken from above volumes dated 1904-1913. These are notices of the Sutton bi-centennial celebration, 1904; memoranda; a receipt from Wallace F. King Groceries and Grain; a statement from W. H. Blodget Co.; and accounts for R. H. Richardson and others.

Provenance : Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Gifford, 1941.

Amount: 7 volumes, 1 box

Container List:
V.1 -- Day Book, October 1897-March 31, 1901.
V.2 -- Day Book, April 1901-December 31, 1902.
V.3 -- Day Book, April 1903-September 30, 1904.
V.4 -- Ledger, April 1896-May 23, 1899.
V.5 -- Ledger, April 1, 1900-March 30, 1901.
V.6 -- Ledger, April 1, 1901-February 6, 1905.
V.7 -- Ledger, April-July 1904, April 1908-December 31, 1913.
B.8 -- f.1-- Household Expense, 1918-1919 .
B.8 -- f.2 -- Loose Papers, 1904-1913