Frank R. Coffin & Bro.,
The document you see to the right is the original letterhead used by, "Frank R. Coffin & Bro., Caldwell, Idaho, dated Feb. 4th, 1891. It reads as follows:
Mr. J.B. Stearns
Enclosed we beg to hand you itemized account of R. Murphy amounting to $9.16. Note of Samuel J. Merril, $64.00. Interest on same, $5.12. Note of Walter Blake, $87.76. Interest on same, $9.08.
All of which we charge to your account; we cannot get any trace of either Blake or Merrill and as you sold the goods and know the parties we return the notes to you; the Murphy account I send you by request of Mr. S.M.G. hoping this will be satisfactory we are
F.R. Coffin & Bro.
By Lil. [?]
Well noted as having been one of the first pioneers to enter the Idaho Territory, Franklin Rayle Coffin, began his Boise residency in the year of 1866. He was born in Annapolis, Indiana on Aug. 4th, 1838. He died in Boise, May 25th, 1920, and is interred in the Pioneer Cemetery along with his loving wife, Irene Quivey Coffin.
F.R. Coffin and Brother was the largest hardware merchant in the Idaho Territory, with branches at Hailey and Bellevue. They carried a full stock of iron, steel, stoves, tinner's stock, wagons, agricultural implements, cutlery, sporting goods, plows, mixed paints, oils, glass, barbed wire, and wagon wood stock.
*Information obtained from: "The Founding Fathers of Boise", by Hugh H. Hartman
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