Virginia Hisey Myers Collection, 1894 - 1900

Number SC 2068

Compiled by Chris Bolgiano, December, 1989

Revised by Kate Morris, June 2013


Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Virginia Hisey Myers Collection, 1894 - 1900

Collection No.: SC 2068

Creator: Virginia Hisey Myers

Extent: 2 legal-sized Hollinger boxes, .8 linear feet

Language: English

Abstract: This collection consists of ten business ledgers from 1894-1900 for L. M. Hisey & Co. and Wightman, Hisey & Co., stores in Edinburg and Woodstock, Virginia, that list accounts and document business transactions for farm related products and implements. 


Administrative Information


Access Restrictions: Collection is open to research

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk. (

Preferred Citation: [identification of Item], Myers, Virginia Hisey, Collection, 1894 - 1900, SC 2068, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Acquisition Information: Gift of Mrs. Virginia Hisey Myers, through Mr. Douglas Dellinger, in November 1989.

Other Formats Available: none

Biographical Note:

Wightman, Hisey & Co., later called L. M. Hisey & Co., was a hardware store for farm related products and implements that operated in two locations in Edinburg and Woodstock Virginia in the 1890s. In an 1892 edition of the Shenandoah Herald, partners trading as Wightman, Hisey & Co. were listed as James Staunton, C. P. Wightman, Lemuel Hisey, and M. H. Hottel. [1] Beginning around 1898, in local newspapers as well as in the business ledgers, the store is referred to as L. M. Hisey & Co. Advertisements for the two stores published in local Shenandoah Valley newspapers from 1891 - 1900 market a variety of goods, including corn and oat phosphate, coal and coal oil, wagons, plows, and various seed, among other goods.

Lemuel. M. Hisey, proprietor of L. M. Hisey & Co., was born in 1844 and died in 1900. He served as a Confederate soldier in Captain H. H. Riddleberger’s company of the 23rd Va. Calvary, Imboden’s Brigade. In his obituaries, he is noted as a prominent and successful businessman, [2] and the firm of L. M. Hisey & Co. is described as “among the leading and best known business establishments in the county.” [3]

[1] "Commissioner’s Office.” Shenandoah Herald, [Woodstock, VA] 13 May 1892: Vol. 72 No. 12.

[2] “Death in Shenandoah.” Richmond Times Dispatch, 1 November 1900: Whole Number 15,455, pg.   3.

[3] “Death of Mr. L. M. Hisey.” Shenandoah Herald, [Woodstock, VA] 2 November 1900: Vol. 83 No.    44.

Scope and Content: 

This collection consists of ten business ledgers from L. M Hisey & Co. and Wightman, Hisey & Co. from 1894 – 1900. The ledgers document sales of and orders for agricultural and forestry items, especially phosphate, coal, wheat, bark, and lumber, as well as corn and various tools. Some ledgers also contain financial information about the companies, such as lists of notes due and bank deposit slips.  Receipts and bills, inserted in a few of the ledgers, further document the businesses.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in 2 boxes of 10 folders.




Box : Folder

Phosphate Book, 1894


Phosphate Book, 1895   


Phosphate Book, 1896 


Coal Book, 1894


Order Book, 1898


Invoice of Wightman & Hisey, 1896


General Account Ledger, 1898 - 1899


General Account Ledger, 1899 - 1900


Wheat Book, 1899 - 1900


Merchant and Farmers Bank Book, 1897-1900