I knew that George Troutfetter ran a general store in Colby, Kansas in the early 20th century. That was about the extent of what I knew him. Research on the Colby Troutfetters concentrated on George's brother Philip whose exploits in North and South America left a much more colorful record.
However, I have never stumbled upon any artifact of this type on Philip--despite his search for treasure in Columbia in the late 19th century. A search on Ebay did turn up this little item. This "coin" was worth 50 cents at the Boerner and Troutfetter store in Colby.
|The Minneapolis journal., August 08, 1904, Page 13; digital image, Library of Congress|
George and Philip Troutfetter were sons of Christian Troutfetter. Christian Troutfetter is a first cousin of my great-great-grandfather, John Michael Trautvetter. The Trautvetter family is full of Georges.
Yeah...those names are spelled correctly. The Trautvetters use three different spelling of the name. But that is going to have to wait until another blog post.