Source: The Manchester Republican, September 7, 1872, Display Ad:

REMEMBER! ARGERBRIGHT & STRAW Have the Largest Stock of Furniture, Ever brought to North Manchester, which they are selling at lower prices than ever before sold in this place. We have the finest HEARSE in this city, and will attend Funerals when desired. Coffins and Cases of all Styles on hand at the Lowest Prices.

Source: The Manchester Republican, June 12, 1873


In August 1871, S.A. Argerbright and John H. Straw, entered into a co-partnership under the firm name of "Argerbright & Straw." They are both practical mechanics, and are not afraid to work and win success. They manufacture such things, only, as they can profitably make by hand; buying largely unfinished work, at factories, where the turning is principally done by steam. They keep nothing but good substantial work--no shoddy--which they warrant to be as represented. In addition to the two rooms of their building, which are about 20x80 feet, they occupy the second story of the Post Office building with their best furniture. Their stock of furniture is complete in every department; and parties just going to housekeeping will find everything needful--from a spring-bedstead to a baby's cab. The business of the firm, the first year, amounted to about $5,000, but it will be increased this year, perhaps, fifty per cent. Their house is entirely too small and too shabby for their increasing business, and we expect to see a handsome two story brick on their excellent business lot--in place of the old frame--before two years pass by.

Source: The Manchester Republican, February 26, 1874


In September 1871 S.A. Argerbright and John Straw entered into co-partnership for the purpose of manufacturing and dealing in furniture. They continued the business until July last, when they dissolved partnership. Mr. Argerbright devoting his attention entirely to the Undertaking business. He keeps all kinds of wood and metallic burial cases, makes to order when required, and gives his personal attention to trimming coffins and attending funerals with a fine hearse in the town or surrounding country. He proposes to build a brick business house the coming season; but at present his headquarters is at the old stand, where J.H. Straw still continues the other branch of the business--where he manufactures and keeps constantly on hand a full line of furniture adapted to the wants of our people. They were both brought up to the business and know precisely how it should be carried on.

Source: North Manchester Journal, December 2, 1880

For the holiday trade, a full and complete line of goods in the way of furniture, not only for the old, the middle aged and the young, but a big stock of toy goods for the little folks is now on sale at very low prices, at J.H. Straw's, first door east of Noftzger's hardware store.