Solomon “Dutch” Beary was the first shopkeeper in McMinnville. He opened a general store adjacent to the Cozine’s blacksmith shop, the General Store was called “Dutch Beary’s General Store.”
Solomon built a small shed-like structure in the back of the store where men came to imbibe and drink after a hard day’s work. This was the best-kept secret in McMinnville for years. Read more about Solomon and his back shed here.