C.  M.  Puntenney

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.

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