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Past and Present of Livingston County
Volume 1. History
by Major A. J. Roof. 1913
The first stores in Livingston county were opened by Jesse Nave at Navestown or Spring Hill, in 1837; by John Doss who was killed near Weston, Mo., in 1879 while on his way to California, in 1838; and by Stone & Wilson in Chillicothe in the same year. Prior to this, and occasionally afterwards, the settlers resorted to Carrollton and Brunswick for such articles of merchandise as they were compelled to have. All, or nearly all, of the first stores kept whiskey for sale as a staple article, along with other "necessaries of life."