1895: W.S. Durham opens business. Mr. Durham was the town's leading dealer in poultry, eggs, and rabbits for many years. His place of business was located on the west side of South Chatham Avenue near the center of the 100 block. Volume of business is reported to have reached a maximum in 1920 when country produce bought totaled $65,000. During the fall of 1914 the following appeared in the Siler City Grit:
"Durham's Rabbitt Letter to the Boys
The rabbit season is here again and I am ready to buy. I want your rabbits and will pay you every cent for them I can afford to pay.
I have a nice present for every boy who sells me his rabbits. Bring them along and I will treat you right.
20 August 2007
Rabbit Lore #10 (1914)
From Chatham County, 1771-1971, Chapter IX, "Towns, Communities, Townships and Early Post Offices," section titled "Siler City", pp. 214-5: