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    Posted 10 months ago

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    Here is one of my Trade Tokens about which I have found not a shred of information.
    Maybe someone here has knowledge of it, the store location or proprietor of the store.

    One side says: Morton Bend Store, WM Clemones, non-transferable
    Opposite side says: Good for 5 (cent mark) in trade

    I spent some time online looking for the store name and owner’s name but came away with nothing.

    The token is the same size as a nickel coin and is the color of brass.

    The token belonged to my dad and I found it among many odd, unusual or old coins.

    I welcome all comments!
    Thanks for having a look.

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    1. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 10 months ago
      Keramikos!! You are a wizard at coming thru with info!! And this amazes me: The town and county are within 20 miles of where I live now. I’ve never heard of Morton Bend but I know exactly where Cave Spring Road is- I’ve driven on it many times.
      My dad grew up in Rome and lived his entire life there, just as Mr Clemenes did. I’m wondering if my dad could have been a friend of Mr Clemenes since they were only 9 years apart in age.
      It’s very likely my dad would have been a customer of the Morton Bend Store, given the proximity.

      I’ve got to get out the map—find that road, maybe go for a drive, locate where the store was.

      I would give you a big hug if I could!
    2. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 10 months ago
      Correction: it was the son of the store owner that my dad was close to in age. All this new info from Keramikos calls for more digging!
    3. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 10 months ago
      I love cemeteries like that! The iron fence and obviously lovingly maintained graves.
      I just did an extremely slow drive thru a very old cemetery yesterday, looking at the lovely monuments, and rows of un-named Civil War graves.
    4. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 10 months ago
      Thanks for all the Loves
      A special thank you to Keramikos for solving the mystery!!
    5. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 10 months ago
      Thank you for all that info! The obituaries were touching with a father and son dying young and within months of each other—they we the son and grandson of the Mr Clemones who owned Morton Bend Store and produced the trade token.

      Regarding the sale of the land just recently to a Mr Evans—I believe my dad knew his father.
      Small world.
    6. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 10 months ago
      nice job ...Keramikos
    7. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 10 months ago
      I was looking earlier than that, with just a Google search. I didn’t know “” existed.
      I have 2-3 more tokens so I’ll be heading to that site soon.
    8. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 10 months ago
      Broochman, you brought a smile to my face with your wonderful compliment! Thank you!
    9. Rexxter, 6 months ago
      The coins above were from my Grandfather's store on the family farm.They were good only at the store on the farm.The hired help were paid in the coins for work done on the farm.
    10. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 6 months ago
      Rexxter, this is just incredible that you found my post and so generously provided this new information!
      Do you have any pictures of the store inside/outside? Pictures of your grandfather? Whatever became of the store?

      It would be a terrific follow-up on my coin post if you created a post about the store and your grandfather!

      To produce his own “currency” for use in the store and for the payroll shows he must have been quite the business man....impressive!
      He must have been a remarkable man.

      Thank you again for your response and I look forward to hearing more!

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