A series of important, two-story, commercial buildings were constructed in the first years of the century. Many of these were less expensive weatherboarded framed structures, but several were of brick. Some took the form of a double store flanking a central stairway to the second floor. A good example of a frame double commercial building is the first building of the Farmers' and Merchants' Bank, built around the turn of the century on the southwest side of Main Street beside Stroubles Creek, seen in the foreground of the historic photograph on the bottom. It was damaged by fire in 1923 and survives under a brick veneer covering today, as shown in the historic photo on top.

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