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11th November
2010
written by Richard

Luman H. Gaskill

The personal record books of San Diego pioneers are often a surprising source of contemporary lore.  Business ledgers–sometimes used like personal filing cabinets—recorded everything from commercial activities and receipts, to family history and kitchen recipes.  

Campo pioneer Luman Gaskill kept such a ledger book handy, writing entries for several decades.  Luman would serve as the town storekeeper, banker, marshal, justice of the peace, dentist, and doctor.  His book would become a remarkable compendium of folk remedies and household notes, as well as store receipts and accounts.

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