This old gentleman was my husband's maternal grandfather. (Isn't JR adorable?)
JR's Granddaddy Bill was quite a character.
He was raised (or at least spent some time) in this house north of Toronto in about the 1870-1880s.
He was many many things.
He trained to be a pharmacist in Canada then immigrated the U.S. in his 20s.
He farmed a bit in Montana
He owned a drug store there also.
During the Great Depression he would trade products in his store for whatever services the people had to offer.
According to my MIL he would bring home men (mostly) for lunch without telling his wife. They would feed them then put them to work for the day. I have hundreds of photos from that time period because of a lot of down on their luck photographers came to his store for supplies. (she usually wasn't pleased. Not because she had to feed them but because then she would have to have her picture taken without dressing up first. I know this because I asked my MIL why her mother always looked a little put out).
The last coupon clipped out of these stocks was September 1928.