Newspaper Subscriptions by the Bushel

by Paula Bosse

dallas-herald_wheat_112664Dallas Herald, Nov. 26, 1864

by Paula Bosse

No Confederate money, please.

WHEAT
Will be taken in payment for
Subscription to the Dallas Herald, at the rate
of Two bushels for six months, delivered at this office,
or any mill in this vicinity.

dallas-herald_wheat_020965Dallas Herald, Feb. 9, 1865

Those of our subscribers who have promised us wheat, and have not as yet delivered the same, are requested to bring it in with as little delay as possible. We desire to get up a good supply of paper, and specie, or something that will bring it, is the only thing that will buy it; we also wish in a few months to enlarge our paper to double its present size, and thereby give our readers as much, if not more reading matter than any paper in the State, outside of Houston. It will depend altogether upon the encouragement and promptness of our patrons, whether we shall do this or not.

Persons at a distance can deposit wheat at any of the following mills, and the miller’s receipt will bring the paper, viz:

Mansfield Mills, Tarrant Co., Record & Elliott’s, Cedar Springs, Horton & Newton’s, Wiggington’s [sic] and Parker’s Mills in Dallas county, and at Dowell’s Mill near McKinney, in Collin county.

(Note: the Civil War-era Dallas Herald was two pages: front and back of a single sheet.)

dallas-herald_wheat_subscription_050465Dallas Herald, May 4, 1865

Wheat will be taken in payment for Subscription to the Dallas Herald, at the rate of Two bushels for six months, delivered at this office, or at any of the following mills, and the miller’s receipt to, viz:

Mansfield Mills, Tarrant County; Record & Elliott, Cedar Springs, Horton & Newton’s, Wigginton’s and Parker’s Mills, in Dallas county, and Dowell’s Mill, near McKinney, Collin county.

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All of the above from the Dallas Herald collection via UNT’s Portal to Texas History site,

Wikipedia entry on Confederate money here; entry on commodity money here.

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