Leighton and Jordan held the contract for post trader at Fort Buford in 1875. The traders’ books reveal the purchases of soldiers, officers, and nearby residents. On January 25, 1875, Captain Powell (entry 254) purchased one ounce of celery seed, one ounce of allspice, and one ounce of cinnamon in addition to some other items. These spices would have been used by Powell’s cook to enhance the flavor of the family’s meals. The purchase of spices suggests a well-stocked pantry for the officer’s family. On February 3, 1875, Colonel Moore (entry 264) purchased fifteen pounds of potatoes at a cost of $15. The price of these potatoes would have been beyond the ability of an enlisted soldier who made about $13 a month. In addition, an enlisted man would not have space to store potatoes. Officers had a kitchen and usually (after 1870) a pantry or cellar for storing canned goods and root vegetables such as potatoes and onions during the winter.