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Sneath, Thomas S. / A directory of the city of Stoughton, and the villages of Edgerton, Milton and Milton Junction
(1882)

Preface,   pp. [3]-4


Page [3]

IN prresenting to the citizens of Stoughton the first city
directory of their community ever published, we beg to
call their attention to a few of the many interesting facts
which the compilation of the work has developed. On
counting up the names of the citizens we have registered
in Stoughton we find 591, and calculating upon a basis of
3 1-16 population to each name of the number, we have, as
the present population of Stoughton, i,8io, which we be-
lieve to be accurate. The 3 1-16 basis is used in reckoning
the. growth of their cities by almost all eastern directory
publishers and when their figures are compared with the
census taken each decade they will be found to beovery
nearly correct.
Reference to our business directory will show 105 sepa-
rate firms engaged in business in the city. Some transact
several kinds of business; a large number of the merchants
handle more than one kind of goods, and there are but few
among the storekeepers who make a specialty of one
branch of trade. The following list comprises the various
branches of business pursued here and the number of firms
engaged in each:
Agricultural implements, 2; architect, I; barbers, 2; black-
smiths, 4; boarding houses, 4; boot and shoe dealers, 3;
builders, 5; wagon manufacturers, 3; cigar manufacturer, I;
draymen, 3; dentists, 2; dressmaker, i; druggists, 3; dry
goods, 2; express agent, i; flour, feed, etc., 2; furniture, i
general merchandise, 6; gunsmith, i; harness, i; hardware,
2; hats and caps, 2; hotels, 2; painter, I; insurance agents;


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