C.H. Ley’s Chickens | 1908 American Poultry Journal Ad
We know of my great-great grandfather’s apprenticeship, from about 1882-1895 in his father Augustus’s general stores, in Port Washington and Bakersville, Ohio.
And we know of his subsequent career as a traveling salesman for a Pittsburgh dry goods firm.
And we’ve heard of his political career, which began with stints as town councilman and board of education member in Port Washington, and was followed, later, by his election, beginning in 1910, to two terms as Tuscarawas County treasurer.
But of his enterprising life as chicken salesman, I admit to being, until uncovering this advertisement in volume 39 of the American Poultry Journal, somewhat feather-brained:
ROSE COMB BLACK MINORCAS—descendants of Victor, Nortbup’s great $1,000 cock. My pens contain several high scoring prize winners. Mated for best results. Eggs, $2.00 per fifteen. Satisfaction guaranteed. C. H. Ley. Port Washington, Ohio.
In addition to dealing in saddles and horses and dry goods and dogs, turns out our Ley ancestors also knew a thing or two about chickens. In this case, minorcas, a flighty, Spanish breed known for their proclivity to crow earlier than other chickens.
And all you had to do, circa 1908, was write to great-great grandpa C.H. Ley of Port Washington and fork over $2 for 15 eggs to lay claim to your own descendant of the famed $1,000 cock.