Overview: Stove and tinware dealer from Orange, Massachusetts, who also did business in the nearby towns of New Salem and Erving. Includes customers (local residents and Orange businesses such as the Gold Medal Sewing Machine Co., the Orange Manufacturing Co., and the Rodney Hunt Machine Co.), charges for labor (especially soldering), the cost of stoves, pipe, kettles of various sorts, roofing material, and information about shipping costs.

Alfred A. Parker Daybooks

4 volumes (0.25 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 235
Special Collections & University Archives
UMass Amherst Libraries
154 Hicks Way | Amherst, Mass. 01003-9275 | scua@library.umass.edu | 413-545-2780

Background on Alfred A Parker

Alfred A. Parker was born in 1822 in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, the son of a millwright and businessman. After completing his education in Fitzwilliam, the family journeyed west where Parker worked as a clerk and operated several businesses before returning permanently to New England. In St. Louis in the 1850s, he established a dry-goods business that netted him a competency, but at the outbreak of the Civil War, he sent his family back to Massachusetts and joined the Missouri state militia, serving under the command of General Frank Blair. After the Civil War, he settled in Orange, Massachusetts, and ran a mercantile business with his brother-in-law, George Whipple, for three years. Sometime between 1869 and 1871, he sold his interest in the business and established a stove and tinware shop in the center of Orange. Parker, a staunch Republican and Congregationalist, had four children--two sons who died in their twenties in the 1880s, and two daughters who survived him. His wife, the former Frances Whipple of Athol, died in 1891.

Contents of Collection

The four daybooks document the stove and tinware business in Orange and surrounding towns--New Salem, Erving--in the 1870s and 1880s. Parker's customers, aside from local residents, included several Orange businesses, such as the Gold Medal Sewing Machine Co., the Orange Manufacturing Co., and the Rodney Hunt Machine Co. Parker also charged for labor, especially soldering, but it is not clear if he employed any workers in his business or did the work himself. Other types of information available in the daybooks include the cost of stoves, pipe, kettles of various sorts, and roofing material, as well as information about shipping costs.

Administrative information


The collection is open for research.



Processing Information

Processed by Ken Fones-Wolf, 1989.


Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Alfred A. Parker Daybooks (MS 235). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Search terms


  • Freight and freightage--Rates--Massachusetts--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Kettles--Prices--Massachusetts--Orange--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Orange (Mass.)--Economic conditions--19th century--Sources.
  • Pipe--Prices--Massachusetts--Orange--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Roofing--Prices--Massachusetts--Orange--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Solder and soldering--Costs--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Stove industry and trade--Massachusetts--Orange--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Stoves--Prices--Massachusetts--Orange--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Tinsmithing--Massachusetts--Orange--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Tinsmiths--Massachusetts--Orange--Economic conditions--19th century--Sources.


  • Gold Medal Sewing Machine Company.
  • Orange Manufacturing Company (Orange, Mass.)
  • Parker, Alfred A., b. 1822.
  • Rodney Hunt Machine Company.

Genre terms

  • Account books.