04 June 2013

A Galvanic Battery

The estate settlement of Belinda/Melinda Newman in rural Linn County, Iowa, in the 1860s lists an item that I do not normally see during this time period:

a galvanic battery

Sale Bill from Belinda Newman Estate, Linn County Iowa, probate case files 570; digital image obtained on FamilySearch.

I'm going to show my ignorance and ask what would a nearly seventy year old widow living by herself need with a galvanic battern in 1869?
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