Mr. Barker

When Angus Fountain made plans to re-establish a village band in August of 1896, “…Mr. Barker of the music store, sent for a full set of instruments, ten in number, which are now on exhibition in his window, and on which he will forego his salesman’s commission from $214.00 to $182.00” [FFG 7 Aug. 1896; 5]. Other than this brief reference there is no other record of a music store (or of a store solely devoted to selling music) and Mr. Barker may only have been an employee. The readers of 1896 may have known what the newspaper was writing about, but that information has been lost to us.

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