Yes, they are fixer uppers, but the store is also a building that has a history and should be saved. Some of these realtors have not an ounce of historic preservation in them, as you might tell by their comment below. I like the motto shared by an OHU50k reader, “It’s not over till it’s kindling.”
A. H. (Ace) Young came to Aitkin in 1901 and settled on his homestead on the east side of Lake McKenney in 1909. In 1910 after the Soo Line was built, Ace joined Jim Boyd in a logging operation at “Spur 296” or “Boyd and Young’s Spur.” This was just south of Swatara about a mile and a half down the Soo towards Bain. Carlton Bailey relates the following. “…..Boyd and Young had a lumber mill, a shingle mill and a planing mill at the spur. They had several logging camps which included the following locations: At the spur, at a place southeast of Boyd’s ranch, near the Polly Ranch, in Swatara, and a sawmill with a shingle mill in the Lake Edna area…..”
Besides the logging operation, they had quite a large warehouse and also a store where they supplied the needs of the community and their quite extensive logging operations. “They carried on at this location until 1916, when they moved in Swatara after having built what was known as Boyd and Young’s ‘Big Store’.
This store was to be of considerable importance in the early life of the community. “….Boyd and Young erected a large 60 by 24 two story building in Swatara. (It was) a two story building with the first story used for grocery and hardware and the second story was used as a community hall. For many years this was the center of all community activities. It served on Saturday nights as a dance hall, on Sunday mornings and afternoons as a Sunday school and for church services.
Some say the store is haunted. Check out this youtube video by NLPSghosthunters.