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Earl R. Benedict Records

Identifier: mss-959

Scope and Contents

The Earl R. Benedict Records consist of financial records in the form of invoices, bills, receipts, and account statements from various companies (especially suppliers and service providers) to Earl Benedict's grocery store located in the North End of Burlington. The material is organized alphabetically by the name of the supplying company and individual records are sorted by date. There is also a newspaper clipping from 2016 when the market reopened under the ownership of Bryan Bessery.


  • 1933-1934, 2016
  • Majority of material found in 1933-1934


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

Earl Raymond Benedict worked as a farm laborer, railroad clerk, and in the grocery industry, rising from a clerk to a salesman to the manager and finally becoming the owner. Born in St. Albans in 1894, he was the oldest child of Carl James Benedict (1869-1939) and Frances Minerva Parcher (1869-1955). In 1928 he married Irene A. Giffin (1889-1971). Census records, city directories, and cemetery information indicate that Benedict ran the market at 1398 North Avenue from 1933 (taking over from Cecil A. St. Germain) until his death in 1955. In 1963 it became Bessery's Market, when Peter Bessery assumed ownership. Over the next 50 or more years, several Bessery family members were involved in its operation.


0.7 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Financial records from Earl R. Benedict's grocery store located in the North End of Burlington.

Physical Location

Library Research Annex; contact for access.

Condition Description

Some of the paper is brittle, folded, bent, punctured, and torn. Some dirt and staining remains after in-house surface cleaning. Slight water damage has resulted in minor information loss.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Silver Special Collections Library
48 University Place, Room B201
Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
(802) 656-2138
(802) 656-4038 (Fax)