Barney’s Matchbook Cover
September 22, 2016 – 12:07 am | 3 Comments

Locals know Barney’s Corner as a gas station, but early on it was much, much more.
I believe this matchbook cover comes from around the 1940s. Back then there was food and dance.
Barney was Keith Malcom’s brother …

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A. Burleson Trade Token – Morton

Submitted by on August 12, 2014 – 5:51 pm2 Comments
A. Burleson - Front of Token

A. Burleson – Front of Token

Tokens like this one for A. Burleson in Morton, Wash., were used widely in the first half 1900s.

“They have been in use (in Idaho) from about 1865 to the present. They were used in lieu of coins—a general store might buy butter and eggs from farmers and pay them either in tokens or at a discount in cash. The farmer would then use the tokens at a later time to buy staple goods from the store.

Cigar stores often had a card game going where the tokens were used in gambling instead of poker chips or cash to avoid the laws.

Also, good cigars were priced at “two for a quarter” or 15 cents each, so a customer might pay a quarter and get one cigar for now, and a token good for a cigar (or 12 – 1/2 cents) that could be spent later.” (

A. Burleson Trade Token - Back side

A. Burleson Trade Token – Back side

I don’t know what Burleson sold in Morton back in the day. If you have any information, please share.

Images courtesy of Diane Mettler.

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