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Lion Dry Goods

Identifier: MSS-056

Scope and Contents

Although this collection lacks material such as catalogs and advertising circulars which might shed light on the development of merchandise and services offered by the Lion Store, it does contain a substantial amount of financial records.These records include daily sales summaries from 1897 to 1905 and from 1913 to 1943; a journal, 1898-1912; and appraisals and related materials from the late 1930s and 1940s. What exists, then, does offer the researcher sources sufficient to provide a picture of the economic health of the business over a long period.

Sales summaries record daily sales and are arranged by date so that comparisons of sales on a particular date from year to year can be made. The journal is probably less useful, but it does show where the firm purchased its merchandise. The appraisals list floor space and value of electrical fixtures, furniture, heating equipment, and other fixed items in the building.

The condition of the sales summaries is rather poor, as they have suffered from mildew. The other materials have been reasonably well preserved.


  • 1898-1966

Biographical / Historical

1857. Frederick Eaton forms F. Eaton & Co., dry goods store, at 115 Summit St.

1859-1872. Asa Backus becomes partner; store known as Eaton & Backus.

1885. George M. Fisher acquires controlling interest; firm name changed to Fisher, Eaton, and Company.

1890. Fisher becomes sole owner; organizes Lion Dry Goods Company.

by 1921. Buildings at 325-331 Summit St., 311-313 Summit St., and 321-323 Adams St. joined to form store.

1980. Downtown store closed; two other Lion Stores exist in Toledo's periphery.


1 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Lion Dry Goods Company
Financial Records, 1897-1959
Paul M. Gifford
June 1987
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Repository Details

Part of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections Repository

2801 West Bancroft Street
William S. Carlson Library, Fifth Floor
Toledo Ohio 43606 United States