Gil Mitchell General Store, ca. 1925

The general store played an important role in the development of early rural communities. Gil Mitchell operated a store at Woodbine, Whitley County, in 1925. It was located behind the L. & N. Depot. Local residents would gather around the potbellied stove and discuss politics or swap stories (Photo courtesy of Richard V. Smith, 120 West Charles Street, Batavia, OH 45103)