In February of 1834 Benjamin hauled wood to town with a small wagon and oxen and requested a stock of dry goods be sent. By March he owned a shop in town and had built a house for his family. Reporting in May that competition was great and liquor was in great demand. At the end of July he wrote from Juliet [Joliet] - money was scarce in Chicago where a grocery existed on every corner, and the country was delightful.
Letters to Jacob A. Barker are preserved at the Chicago History Museum.
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.