DescriptionBusiness ledger of R. C. Beardsley The ledger reflects the financial transactions of Beardsley's brickmill and basket factory near Milton. A note from the donor, the grandson of R. C. Beardsley, indicates, "Someone might be interested in this story about Robert & Eliza Beardsley: In 1904 grandpop's Basket factory burned down. He then sold everything he had in Milton and bought a farm on what was then Barlows Bridge Road in Townsend, DE (the road name was later changed to Lazy Lane and is now called Ratledge Road). The two oldest children were married and stayed in Milton. Grandpop and Grandmom, with three of the youngest children came to Townsend on the train. Two fo the boys, Darwin & Robert, walked --with a wagon load of chickend and a cow --tied to the back. South of Dover the cow got tired and laid down and rested for a while. They did manage to get to Dover the first day where they found lodging for the chickens and cow. Dad & Uncle Doc. stayed in a hotel which was on the NE corner of Loockerman & State Sts. They all got to Townsend the next day."