A Guide to the Davis General Store Records, 1957-1972 Davis General Store Records MSS 02-03

A Guide to the Davis General Store Records, 1957-1972

A Collection in The Fairfax County Public Library

Record Group Number MSS 02-03


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Repository
Fairfax County Public Library
Record Group Number
MSS 02-03
Title
The Davis General Store Records, 1957-1972
Extent
12.5 linear feet
Creator
Davis, Shirley Dove (1931-2014)
Language
English
Abstract
The Davis General Store Records consists of 12.5 linear feet and spans the years 1957-1972 and includes the record books and daily receipts of expenditures at the Fairfax Station, Virginia store.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None

Use Restrictions

Consult repository for information.

Preferred Citation

Davis General Store Records, MSS 02-03, Virginia Room, Fairfax County Public Library

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Shirley Davis’ daughters, Linda Davis and Andrea Shimer on July 1, 2015.

Processing Information

Chris Barbuschak, February 2016
EAD generated by Ross Landis, 2017


Historical and Biographical Information

What today is known as the Davis General Store at 7600 Clifton Road traces its roots back to Isaac Frank Woodyard. Woodyard bought the land at the intersection of Wolf Run Shoals Road and Clifton Road in March 1883. Shortly thereafter he opened a two-story frame general store on the site known as Woodyard’s Store. On June 5, 1907, George C. Fairfax shot and killed Woodyard in his store over a dispute over the location of the local polling place. After the authorities arrested him, Fairfax committed suicide.

Woodyard’s widow rented the store out to brothers Robert and Eugene Makely and eventually sold it to them on December 2, 1911. They renamed it Makely’s Store and also added a gasoline pump. The corner is still known as Makely’s Corner to this day. The Makely family sold the store in 1938 and it changed hands several times. In January 1955, Herbert A. Urie bought the store and renamed it Urie’s Community Market. Leighton and Shirley Davis bought it from Urie on August 5, 1957 and it has been known as the Davis General Store ever since. The couple had worked at the store for some years prior and in 1951, they built a house across the street from it.

By 1964 the business had outgrown the old frame building. Practically located in the middle of the intersection due to the crossroads expansion over the years, the Davises decided to construct a newer building further away from the road. They opened the current flat-roofed cinderblock store on April 3, 1965, and had the original building razed.

In 1973, the Davises leased out the store and eventually sold it in 1985. The store’s ownership has changed numerous times since and the building itself has been modernized over the years. Leighton Davis died on December 5, 1990 and Shirley Davis passed away on February 27, 2014.

Scope and Content

The Davis General Store Records consists of 12.5 linear feet and spans the years 1957-1972 and includes the record books and daily receipts of expenditures at the Fairfax Station, Virginia store. These records, maintained by co-owner Shirley Dove Davis, include complete daily receipts of products she purchased to sell in the store ranging from local newspapers to bakery goods to candy bars and automobile parts. She purchased goods from local businesses and farmers as well as national distributers. The receipts are kept in their original order. Subjects include Fairfax Station and Clifton, Virginia as well as the history of general store operations, material culture and products bought in Fairfax County during the 1950s-1970s.


Index Terms

  • Clifton (Va.)
  • Davis General Store
  • Davis, Leighton E. (1925-1990)
  • Davis, Shirley Dove (1931-2014)
  • Fairfax Station (Va.)
  • General stores - Virginia - Fairfax County - History
  • Material culture - Virginia - Fairfax County - History
  • Small business - Virginia - Fairfax County - History

Container List

Box 1
Folder 1
Receipts, 1957 August
Box 1
Folder 2
Receipts, 1957 September
Box 1
Folder 3
Receipts, 1957 October
Box 1
Folder 4
Receipts, 1957 November
Box 1
Folder 5
Receipts, 1957 December
Box 1
Folder 6
Receipts, 1958 January
Box 1
Folder 7
Receipts, 1958 February
Box 1
Folder 8
Receipts, 1958 March
Box 1
Folder 9
Receipts, 1958 April
Box 1
Folder 10
Receipts, 1958 May
Box 1
Folder 11
Receipts, 1958 June
Box 1
Folder 12
Receipts, 1958 July
Box 1
Folder 13
Receipts, 1958 August
Box 1
Folder 14
Receipts, 1958 September
Box 1
Folder 15
Receipts, 1958 October
Box 1
Folder 16
Receipts, 1958 November
Box 1
Folder 17
Receipts, 1958 December
Box 1
Folder 18
Receipts, 1959 January
Box 1
Folder 19
Receipts, 1959 February
Box 1
Folder 20
Receipts, 1959 March
Box 1
Folder 21
Receipts, 1959 April
Box 1
Folder 22
Receipts, 1959 May
Box 2
Folder 1
Receipts, 1959 June
Box 2
Folder 2
Receipts, 1959 July
Box 2
Folder 3
Receipts, 1959 August
Box 2
Folder 4
Receipts, 1959 September
Box 2
Folder 5
Receipts, 1959 October
Box 2
Folder 6
Receipts, 1959 November
Box 2
Folder 7
Receipts, 1959 December
Box 2
Folder 8
Receipts, 1960 January
Box 2
Folder 9
Receipts, 1960 February
Box 2
Folder 10
Receipts, 1960 March
Box 2
Folder 11
Receipts, 1960 April
Box 2
Folder 12
Receipts, 1960 May
Box 2
Folder 13
Receipts, 1960 June
Box 2
Folder 14
Receipts, 1960 July
Box 2
Folder 15
Receipts, 1960 August
Box 2
Folder 16
Receipts, 1960 September
Box 2
Folder 17
Receipts, 1960 October
Box 2
Folder 18
Receipts, 1960 November
Box 2
Folder 19
Receipts, 1960 December
Box 2
Folder 20
Receipts, 1961 January
Box 3
Folder 1
Receipts, 1961 February
Box 3
Folder 2
Receipts, 1961 March
Box 3
Folder 3
Receipts, 1961 April
Box 3
Folder 4
Receipts, 1961 May
Box 3
Folder 5
Receipts, 1961 June
Box 3
Folder 6
Receipts, 1961 July
Box 3
Folder 7
Receipts, 1961 August
Box 3
Folder 8
Receipts, 1961 September
Box 3
Folder 9
Receipts, 1961 October
Box 3
Folder 10
Receipts, 1961 November
Box 3
Folder 11
Receipts, 1961 December
Box 3
Folder 12
Receipts, 1962 January
Box 3
Folder 13
Receipts, 1962 February
Box 3
Folder 14
Receipts, 1962 March
Box 3
Folder 15
Receipts, 1962 April
Box 3
Folder 16
Receipts, 1962 May
Box 3
Folder 17
Receipts, 1962 June
Box 3
Folder 18
Receipts, 1962 July
Box 3
Folder 19
Receipts, 1962 August
Box 3
Folder 20
Receipts, 1962 September
Box 3
Folder 21
Receipts, 1962 October
Box 3
Folder 22
Receipts, 1962 November
Box 4
Folder 1
Receipts, 1962 December
Box 4
Folder 2
Receipts, 1963 January
Box 4
Folder 3
Receipts, 1963 February
Box 4
Folder 4
Receipts, 1963 March
Box 4
Folder 5
Receipts, 1963 April
Box 4
Folder 6
Receipts, 1963 May
Box 4
Folder 7
Receipts, 1963 June
Box 4
Folder 8
Receipts, 1963 July
Box 4
Folder 9
Receipts, 1963 August
Box 4
Folder 10
Receipts, 1963 September
Box 4
Folder 11
Receipts, 1963 October
Box 4
Folder 12
Receipts, 1963 November
Box 4
Folder 13
Receipts, 1963 December
Box 4
Folder 14
Receipts, 1964 January
Box 4
Folder 15
Receipts, 1964 February
Box 4
Folder 16
Receipts, 1964 March
Box 4
Folder 17
Receipts, 1964 April
Box 4
Folder 18
Receipts, 1964 May
Box 4
Folder 19
Receipts, 1964 June
Box 4
Folder 20
Receipts, 1964 July
Box 4
Folder 21
Receipts, 1964 August
Box 4
Folder 22
Receipts, 1964 September
Box 5
Folder 1
Receipts, 1964 October
Box 5
Folder 2
Receipts, 1964 November
Box 5
Folder 3
Receipts, 1964 December
Box 5
Folder 4
Receipts, 1965 January
Box 5
Folder 5
Receipts, 1965 February
Box 5
Folder 6
Receipts, 1965 March 1-13
Box 5
Folder 7
Receipts, 1965 March 14-31
Box 5
Folder 8
Receipts, 1965 April 1-18
Box 5
Folder 9
Receipts, 1965 April 19-30
Box 5
Folder 10
Receipts, 1965 May 1-16
Box 5
Folder 11
Receipts, 1965 May 17-31
Box 5
Folder 12
Receipts, 1965 June 1-13
Box 5
Folder 13
Receipts, 1965 June 14-30
Box 5
Folder 14
Receipts, 1965 July 1-11
Box 5
Folder 15
Receipts, 1965 July 12-31
Box 5
Folder 16
Receipts, 1965 August 1-15
Box 5
Folder 17
Receipts, 1965 August 16-31
Box 5
Folder 18
Receipts, 1965 September 1-12
Box 5
Folder 19
Receipts, 1965 September 13-19
Box 5
Folder 20
Receipts, 1965 September 20-30
Box 5
Folder 21
Receipts, 1965 October 1-10
Box 5
Folder 22
Receipts, 1965 October 11-17
Box 5
Folder 23
Receipts, 1965 October 18-31
Box 5
Folder 24
Receipts, 1965 November 1-14
Box 5
Folder 25
Receipts, 1965 November 15-30
Box 5
Folder 26
Receipts, 1965 December 1-12
Box 5
Folder 27
Receipts, 1965 December 13-31
Box 5
Folder 28
Receipts, 1966 January 1-16
Box 5
Folder 29
Receipts, 1966 January 17-31
Box 5
Folder 30
Receipts, 1966 February 1-13
Box 5
Folder 31
Receipts, 1966 February 14-28
Box 5
Folder 32
Receipts, 1966 March 1-13
Box 5
Folder 33
Receipts, 1966 March 14-31
Box 5
Folder 34
Receipts, 1966 April 1-10
Box 6
Folder 1
Receipts, 1966 April 11-30
Box 6
Folder 2
Receipts, 1966 May 1-15
Box 6
Folder 3
Receipts, 1966 May 16-31
Box 6
Folder 4
Receipts, 1966 June 1-12
Box 6
Folder 5
Receipts, 1966 June 13-30
Box 6
Folder 6
Receipts, 1966 July 1-17
Box 6
Folder 7
Receipts, 1966 July 18-31
Box 6
Folder 8
Receipts, 1966 August 1-14
Box 6
Folder 9
Receipts, 1966 August 15-31
Box 6
Folder 10
Receipts, 1966 September 1-11
Box 6
Folder 11
Receipts, 1966 September 12-30
Box 6
Folder 12
Receipts, 1966 October 1-16
Box 6
Folder 13
Receipts, 1966 October 17-31
Box 6
Folder 14
Receipts, 1966 November 1-13
Box 6
Folder 15
Receipts, 1966 November 14-30
Box 6
Folder 16
Receipts, 1966 December 1-11
Box 6
Folder 17
Receipts, 1966 December 12-31
Box 6
Folder 18
Receipts, 1967 January 1-15
Box 6
Folder 19
Receipts, 1967 January 16-31
Box 6
Folder 20
Receipts, 1967 February 1-12
Box 6
Folder 21
Receipts, 1967 February 13-28
Box 6
Folder 22
Receipts, 1967 March 1-12
Box 6
Folder 23
Receipts, 1967 March 13-31
Box 6
Folder 24
Receipts, 1967 April 1-16
Box 6
Folder 25
Receipts, 1967 April 17-30
Box 6
Folder 26
Receipts, 1967 May 1-14
Box 7
Folder 1
Receipts, 1967 May 15-31
Box 7
Folder 2
Receipts, 1967 June 1-18
Box 7
Folder 3
Receipts, 1967 June 19-30
Box 7
Folder 4
Receipts, 1967 July 1-16
Box 7
Folder 5
Receipts, 1967 July 17-31
Box 7
Folder 6
Receipts, 1967 August 1-13
Box 7
Folder 7
Receipts, 1967 August 14-31
Box 7
Folder 8
Receipts, 1968 January 1-14
Box 7
Folder 9
Receipts, 1968 January 15-31
Box 7
Folder 10
Receipts, 1968 February 1-18
Box 7
Folder 11
Receipts, 1968 February 19-29
Box 7
Folder 12
Receipts, 1968 March 1-17
Box 7
Folder 13
Receipts, 1968 March 18-31
Box 7
Folder 14
Receipts, 1968 April 1-14
Box 7
Folder 15
Receipts, 1968 April 15-30
Box 7
Folder 16
Receipts, 1968 May 1-12
Box 7
Folder 17
Receipts, 1968 May 13-31
Box 7
Folder 18
Receipts, 1968 June 1-16
Box 7
Folder 19
Receipts, 1968 June 18-30
Box 8
Folder 1
Receipts, 1968 July 1-14
Box 8
Folder 2
Receipts, 1968 July 15-31
Box 8
Folder 3
Receipts, 1968 August 1-18
Box 8
Folder 4
Receipts, 1968 August 19-31
Box 8
Folder 5
Receipts, 1968 September 1-15
Box 8
Folder 6
Receipts, 1968 September 16-30
Box 8
Folder 7
Receipts, 1968 October 1-14
Box 8
Folder 8
Receipts, 1968 October 15-31
Box 8
Folder 9
Receipts, 1968 November 1-17
Box 8
Folder 10
Receipts, 1968 November 18-30
Box 8
Folder 11
Receipts, 1968 December 1-15
Box 8
Folder 12
Receipts, 1968 December 16-31
Box 8
Folder 13
Receipts, 1969 January 1-12
Box 8
Folder 14
Receipts, 1969 January 13-31
Box 8
Folder 15
Receipts, 1969 February 1-16
Box 8
Folder 16
Receipts, 1969 February 17-28
Box 8
Folder 17
Receipts, 1969 March 1-16
Box 8
Folder 18
Receipts, 1969 March 17-31
Box 8
Folder 19
Receipts, 1969 April 1-13
Box 8
Folder 20
Receipts, 1969 April 14-30
Box 8
Folder 21
Receipts, 1969 May 1-14
Box 8
Folder 22
Receipts, 1969 May 15-31
Box 8
Folder 23
Receipts, 1969 June 1-15
Box 8
Folder 24
Receipts, 1969 June 16-30
Box 8
Folder 25
Receipts, 1969 July 1-13
Box 8
Folder 26
Receipts, 1969 July 14-31
Box 8
Folder 27
Receipts, 1969 August 1-17
Box 8
Folder 28
Receipts, 1969 August 18-31
Box 8
Folder 29
Receipts, 1969 September 1-14
Box 8
Folder 30
Receipts, 1969 September 15-30
Box 9
Folder 1
Receipts, 1969 October 1-19
Box 9
Folder 2
Receipts, 1969 October 20-31
Box 9
Folder 3
Receipts, 1969 November 1-16
Box 9
Folder 4
Receipts, 1969 November 17-30
Box 9
Folder 5
Receipts, 1969 December 1-14
Box 9
Folder 6
Receipts, 1969 December 15-31
Box 9
Folder 7
Receipts, 1970 January 1-18
Box 9
Folder 8
Receipts, 1970 January 19-31
Box 9
Folder 9
Receipts, 1970 February 1-15
Box 9
Folder 10
Receipts, 1970 February 16-28
Box 9
Folder 11
Receipts, 1970 March 1-15
Box 9
Folder 12
Receipts, 1970 March 16-31
Box 9
Folder 13
Receipts, 1970 April 1-12
Box 9
Folder 14
Receipts, 1970 April 13-30
Box 9
Folder 15
Receipts, 1970 May 1-17
Box 9
Folder 16
Receipts, 1970 May 18-31
Box 9
Folder 17
Receipts, 1970 June 1-14
Box 9
Folder 18
Receipts, 1970 June 15-30
Box 9
Folder 19
Receipts, 1970 July 1-12
Box 9
Folder 20
Receipts, 1970 July 13-31
Box 9
Folder 21
Receipts, 1970 August 1-16
Box 9
Folder 22
Receipts, 1970 August 17-31
Box 9
Folder 23
Receipts, 1970 September 1-13
Box 9
Folder 24
Receipts, 1970 September 14-30
Box 9
Folder 25
Receipts, 1970 October 1-18
Box 9
Folder 26
Receipts, 1970 October 19-31
Box 9
Folder 27
Receipts, 1970 November 1-15
Box 9
Folder 28
Receipts, 1970 December 1-13
Box 9
Folder 29
Receipts, 1970 December 14-31
Box 10
Folder 1
Receipts, 1971 January 1-17
Box 10
Folder 2
Receipts, 1971 January 18-31
Box 10
Folder 3
Receipts, 1971 February 1-14
Box 10
Folder 4
Receipts, 1971 February 15-28
Box 10
Folder 5
Receipts, 1971 March 1-14
Box 10
Folder 6
Receipts, 1971 March 15-31
Box 10
Folder 7
Receipts, 1971 April 1-18
Box 10
Folder 8
Receipts, 1971 April 19-30
Box 10
Folder 9
Receipts, 1971 May 1-16
Box 10
Folder 10
Receipts, 1971 May 17-31
Box 10
Folder 11
Receipts, 1971 June 1-13
Box 10
Folder 12
Receipts, 1971 June 14-30
Box 10
Folder 13
Receipts, 1971 July 1-18
Box 10
Folder 14
Receipts, 1971 July 19-31
Box 10
Folder 15
Receipts, 1971 August 1-15
Box 10
Folder 16
Receipts, 1971 August 16-31
Box 10
Folder 17
Receipts, 1971 September 1-12
Box 10
Folder 18
Receipts, 1971 September 13-30
Box 10
Folder 19
Receipts, 1971 October 1-17
Box 10
Folder 20
Receipts, 1971 October 18- 31
Box 10
Folder 21
Receipts, 1971 November 1-14
Box 10
Folder 22
Receipts, 1971 November 15-30
Box 10
Folder 23
Receipts, 1971 December 1-12
Box 10
Folder 24
Receipts, 1971 December 13-31
Box 11
Folder 1
Receipts, 1972 January 1-16
Box 11
Folder 2
Receipts, 1972 January 17-31
Box 11
Folder 3
Receipts, 1972 February 1-13
Box 11
Folder 4
Receipts, 1972 February 14-29
Box 11
Folder 5
Receipts, 1972 March 1-12
Box 11
Folder 6
Receipts, 1972 March 13-31
Box 11
Folder 7
Receipts, 1972 April 1-16
Box 11
Folder 8
Receipts, 1972 April 17-30
Box 11
Folder 9
Receipts, 1972 May 1-14
Box 11
Folder 10
Receipts, 1972 May 15-31
Box 11
Folder 11
Receipts, 1972 June 1-18
Box 11
Folder 12
Receipts, 1972 June 19-30
Box 11
Folder 13
Receipts, 1972 July 1-16
Box 11
Folder 14
Receipts, 1972 July 17-31
Box 11
Folder 15
Receipts, 1972 August 1-13
Box 11
Folder 16
Receipts, 1972 August 14-31
Box 11
Folder 17
Receipts, 1972 September 1-17
Box 11
Folder 18
Receipts, 1972 September 18-31
Box 11
Folder 19
Receipts, 1972 October 1-15
Box 11
Folder 20
Receipts, 1972 October 16-31
Box 11
Folder 21
Receipts, 1972 November 1-12
Box 11
Folder 22
Receipts, 1972 November 13-30
Box 11
Folder 23
Receipts, 1972 December 1-17
Box 11
Folder 24
Receipts, 1972 December 18-31
Box 12
Folder 1
Record Book, 1957 August 5 - 1958 November 7
Box 12
Folder 2
Record Book, 1958 November 8 - 1960 March 6
Box 12
Folder 3
Record Book, 1960 March 7 - 1961 July 2
Box 12
Folder 4
Record Book, 1961 July 3 - 1962 December 31
Box 12
Folder 5
Record Book, 1963 January 1 - 1963 November 17
Box 12
Folder 6
Record Book, 1963 November 18 - 1964 December 31
Box 12
Folder 7
Record Book, 1965 January 1 - November 14
Box 12
Folder 8
Record Book, 1965 November 15 - 1966 September 25
Box 12
Folder 9
Record Book, 1966 September 26 - 1967 July 23
Box 12
Folder 10
Record Book, 1967 July 24 - 1968 June 9
Box 12
Folder 11
Record Book, 1968 June 10 - 1969 December 31
Box 12
Folder 12
Record Book, 1970 January 1 - November 15
Box 12
Folder 13
Record Book, 1970 November 16 - 1971 September 26

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Davis, Leighton E. (1925-1990)
  • Davis, Shirley Dove (1931-2014)
  • Fairfax Station (Va.)