In 1808, Cramer's Almanack gives a detailed account of the business establishments in the town, and the list enumerates eighty-five classes of business, and embraces three hundred and ninety-nine of what is styled "master workmen." The effort seems to have been to make the roll exhaustive, for in it is included four physicians and twelve school mistresses but singularly in such a sweeping classification there is no mention of lawyers.

Why attorneys were not master workmen, but physicians so considered then, may be left to such humorous conjectures as the reader pleases, when eight butchers are also classed as
"master workmen."

The wants of the women for spring bonnets and the latest fashion in dress, seems to have been well supplied, as the list gives six milliners and twelve mantua makers, besides one glove maker.

There are fifty store keepers enumerated, and thirty-three tavern keepers. As at this time there were only about forty-seven hundred inhabitants, men, women and children, in the town, the supply of this latter class of "master workmen" seems to have reached a pass which now a days, is styled "over production," and must have given a fair test as to the virtue of competition in cheapening costs. Two barbers, and thirteen tailors provided in their lines for the wants of the male population, and a flute and jews-harp maker was at the service of those musical tastes.

 

Excerpt by George H. Thurston, writing in
Allegheny County's Hundred Years.
Pittsburgh, 1888. Page 42.

 

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