As many of the pioneer families decided to make their homes in the area, the need for general goods grew. Small merchant stores began to pop up. All sorts of items were sold from food for themselves to food for their animals. Other necessities such as cooking tools and dishware, material to make clothes, and medicines were available.
In our representation of a General Store, we have a cabinet holding receipts that served as an early accounting system. Many times, bartering was used instead of currency. Farmers would trade their butter, cheese, eggs, vegetables, or other foods for store items.