Historic Hood River
Raper & Coleman Trade Token
Morganne’s Monday artifact is a trade token for “Raper & Coleman”. We saw a trade token like this once before, but this one took a little more research to figure out. I see a liquor license hearing scheduled for Raper & Coleman in a June 1906 edition of The Hood River Glacier, so we can assume this was for a restaurant or tavern. In 1904 “Pierson & Coleman” advertised the “Midway Chop House/ Meals on short order at all hours/ Open day and night from 6AM to 2AM.” Perhaps Coleman found a new partner? The next reference I can find is a 1915 bank notice that they had a deposit of $2.12 which had been standing idle for 7 years.
According to this page on the history of trade tokens they were common between 1870 to the 1920 in small stores in rural areas, where they were used to promote trade and extend credit.