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Civil War veteran Isaac Swartz in the late 1800s or early 1900s built two stores, one at Alonzaville and the other at St. Luke, both west of Woodstock. He managed the Alonzaville store, and his son, William (Kurb) Swartz was in charge at St. Luke. The St. Luke Store (pictured here) eventually became Walker’s Cash Store, located just across the road from the community school. Kurb Swartz (shown standing on the store’s dock, was an artist and operated a photography business upstairs. He once drew a train mural on the inside of the store at Alonzaville, now Fairview. When customers would offer eggs as barter for goods, he would ask whether to apply credit to sugar or kerosene. Until his health failed, Isaac Swartz ran the Alonzaville store and lived with his family in a large house across the road. He died in January 1928 at age 87. He had lost his left leg in the Second Battle of Manassas, but operated his businesses 55 years until failing health forced him to retire at age 80.

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