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George W. Cooley Owney tag

Description:

Owney received this token from George W. Cooley, a Railway clerk who worked on the Aberdeen and Sioux City Railway line. Cooley, born in Maryland, was appointed as a mail clerk in South Dakota and was making $1,000 a year as of 1895. The tag includes the date March 19, 1894. The tag was created by Oscar J. Hoberg, a local watchmaker. Hoberg worked for James G. Thompson & Sons in Sioux City, Iowa during the time Owney was traveling. By 1900, Hoberg was able to open his own watch repair shop with George Thorpe, “Thorpe & Hoberg.”

Date:
March 19, 1894
Markings:
literal: GEO. W. COOLEY / MAR 19 1894 / ABERDEEN & S. CITY / R.P.O. / O.J. HOBERG WATCHMAKER
Medium:
metal
Dimensions:
Diameter: 1 1/2 in. (3.81 cm)
Museum ID:
0.052985.151
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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