After many years of experience working in the co-op store, J.R. Baxter, Sr., built this store in the mid-1880s. The store remains the best example of 19th-century commercial architecture in Spring City. It is unusual in the use of a wood false front while all exterior bearing walls are limestone. Baxter later teamed with Robert Blain and the store was known as Baxter and Blain Mercantile. Upon Baxter’s death, the store was acquired by his son-in-law, Claren Schofield, and called Schofield Merc.
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