C. M. Puntenney
THE SHELBY DEMOCRAT
February 20, 1879
VOL. 1; No. 37
from the article, SMILING SHELBYVILLE!
C. M. Puntenney
Is the present proprietor of the grocery store in Deprez block, formerly
owned by Mr. Simmons. Mr. Puntenney was born on the 24th of December in the
year 1857, in Rush county. In 1873 his parents moved to Tipton, Indiana,
where he immediately entered upon the duties of clerk in a grocery store in
that city. At the end of the second year of his clerkship, he went into
business for himself, and did the largest grocery business in Tipton. He has
been actively engaged in business ever since, until last year, when on
account of bad health, he was compelled to retire to private life. His
health having improved sufficiently to allow of his entering upon the duties
of business, he came to this city, bought out J. W. Simmons, and on the 8th
day of February, 1879, again engaged in his favorite business. While in
business at Tipton, his trade was very large, ranging from $30,000 to
$35,000 per year. During the five years of his commercial life, Mr.
Puntenney made all purchases of goods for his trade in person, and he has
the reputation of being a close and judicious buyer. This is an advantage to
his customers, as he can afford to sell them better goods, and at lower
prices than the man who buys at haphazard. His father, Mr. J. R. Puntenney,
now residing at Tipton, will come to this city in a short time to assist in
the prosecution of the business in which his son has engaged. The house of
which Mr. Puntenney is now proprietor, has always enjoyed the reputation of
being one of the best in the city, and it is the intention of the present
owner, to fully maintain that reputation. And with this object in view, he
proposes to stock his store with the best and freshest of goods in his line.
He makes a specialty of fancy groceries, and in this department, he has a
complete assortment. Mr. Puntenney respectfully invites the people of Shelby
county to call and see him, assuring them of gentlemanly treatment, and the
best in the way of groceries that the market affords.
Next biography in the "Smiling Shelbyville" newspaper article, Thomas H. Dawley.
Contributed by Jeanne Surber