Life Story of Greek Peddler born 1866

I just found an interesting short autobiography “THE LIFE STORY OF A GREEK PEDDLER – contributed by a Spartan now living in a suburb near New York City”.

This story was published in 1906 as Chapter IV (pages 63-79) in a book titled “The Stories of undistinguished Americans as told by themselves”, which was developed from a series of articles previously published in theIndependent. This is made available to you through the Harvard University Library online.

The person telling this story is unnamed. He was born about 1866 “in a little hamlet among the mountains of Laconia in Greece. There were only about 200 people in this place, and they lived in stone huts or cottages…..”
He gives a description of homes, how they made butter, wine, ground wheat and oats, and made clothing, farming, no need for currency, schooling, saint’s days and other holiday traditions, politics, superstition, the trip to the United States, the push cart business, and more.

This is an interesting read, I would suggest it.


  1. Georgia, This is a fascinating find! My family is from Laconia and they immigrated to New York, so it was especially meaningful to me. Thank you for all you do to help us learn about our heritage! Carol Kostakos Petranek

  2. I love these kind of stories! Thanks for sharing!
    Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I'm fairly new, as well, and have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    Keeping telling your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

  3. I just located some of the information, it is listed under Historical records abroad


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