During the last three decades of the 1800s there were at least two hardware stores in the town of Somerset, Pennsylvania that offered gunsmithing services: Holderbaum's and Byers & Barnett. Although we know the names of the hardware stores, we do not know who performed the gun repair services.
The following recurring Byers & Barnett advertisement is from the August 20, 1879 issue of the "Somerset Herald" newspaper. This advertisement ran from December 4, 1878 to at least January 21, 1880.
I did not find the Byers & Barnett hardware store on the Somerset town map in the 1876 Beers atlas. The J.F. Blymyer hardware store was advertising at No. 3, Baer's Block before and after the August 20, 1879 advertisement shown above, so it is hard to understand how Byers & Barnett could be a business successor or business location successor to J.F. Blymyer. Click here to see a May 12, 1880 ad for J.F. Blymyer. The hardware store that does eventually operate from the No. 3, Baer's Block address is Holderbaum's, which commenced operations in 1884.
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