German descendant Ira Porter Rudolph (1849-1937) moved to Arkadelphia, Arkansas, in 1888 with his family and began the hardware store Ira Rudolph and Brother. The store sold wagons, buggies, harnesses, iron bedsteads, furniture, coffins and caskets. Also offered were embalming services. In 1901, I.P. Rudolph sold his store to R.E. Majors, a professor of Latin at Ouachita College, with the understanding that Ira would not compete with him. Majors hired Tracy Rudolph, Sr., Ira’s son, to manage the hardware store. Ira and his other son, Irving, established another I.P. Rudolph and Company in Gurdon, Arkansas. Earle Rudolph joined them in 1903 after graduating from Ouachita.
This account ledger was kept by Ira Porter Rudolph while operating I.P. Rudolph and Company. It contains customer accounts with amounts owed and paid. Some of the listings are itemized.
I.P. Rudolph Ledger. Riley-Hickingbotham Library Archives and Special Collections. Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas.