The first lot sold was by Mr. Thomas, to J. E. Whiteley, who started a lumber yard and still carries it on. Next came Allen & Prince, and established a general store. Prince has been sole proprietor of the business since 1881. J. J. Otto started a hardware store south of the track, and after passing through several hands it is now the property of J. D. Johnson. Seth Lewis, of Seymour, started a lumber yard, and other embarked in various branches of business, and are not now here. Moss & Farnsworth began a furniture store which is now owned by William F. Moss. William Bowen has a blacksmith shop. D. C. Campbell runs the Grainville House, which was burned in 1884 and has been since rebuilt.
The Methodist Episcopal people built a church in 1882, at a cost of $700, and hold services every alternate Sunday, led by Rev. R. W. Matheny, of Allerton. The Protestant Methodists and Baptists contributed to the erection of the church, and by understanding hold services at favorable times in it. Rev. Mat. Sexsmith comes here for the Protestant Methodists. The Baptists have no minister at present.
Harvard Lodge, No. 30, I. O. O. F., was organized in February, 1884, and meets every Saturday evening. The present membership is thirty-five.
John Lewis Post, No. 99, G. A. R., was mustered in 1884, and has thirty-six members.
The nearest school-house is three-quarters of a mile distant.