Buckingham and West India soft string beans
THE WINFIELD COURIER APRIL 14, 1881.
Buckingham, the boss grocer, has transferred his headquarters from the Hoosier grocery to A. T. Spotswood & Co.'s. "Buck" is a genial, whole-souled fellow, and can accomplish much in the grocery trade. Spotswood shows good judgment in choosing Buck as his lieutenant.
THE WINFIELD COURIER APRIL 21, 1881.
"Buck" is an accomplished salesman. Spotswood had a lot of bananas which were about to rot, and as it would never do to let anything spoil in a grocery store, Buck made up his mind to sell those bananas. So he grabbed a board and with a few artistic touches manufactured a sign, "Something new: West India soft string beans for seed." The ruse took, and many an enterprising stranger traveled home with a package of new beans. If any inquisitive tourist sees the end of a banana sticking up out of the ground during his travels through Cowley, let him call on Buck for an explanation.