In a House Divided, 1850-1890
Teachers Christopher Wheeler's Farm's Account Books

Christopher August Wheeler is a 39 year-old farmer in 1872. His farm is located in Little Rock township in Kendall County, Illinois. He has a wife, Nellie, and 3 children, ages 1, 11, and 12. Wheeler has kept detailed accounts of family and farm expenses and receipts for the year.

Click on an item to see how much the family spent on that item.
What type of expense do you think was the highest for the family? From what do you think the family received the most income?

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