Researched & Submitted by Richard Palmer
Wellsville Daily Reporter, Jan. 31, 1881

The Bolivar Saturday Leader presents the following compilation of the business places of that village. Remembering that most of the list are the result of only four months' building and growth, the list is a surprising one.

There are "17 hotels, 13 groceries, 3 lumber yards, 5 tank shops, 3 jewelry stores, 4 millinery establishments, 2 paint shops, 6 meat markets, 6 hardware stores, 3 oil well supplies, 2 billiard rooms, 1 public hall, 5 lawyers' offices, 3  physicians,  10 restaurants, 2 furniture stores, 5 barber shops, 5 dry goods stores, 1 tannery, 1 steam grist mill, 1 nitro glycerine manufactory, 3 feed stores, 3 drug stores, 2 bakeries, 1 national bank, 1 junk shop, 3 clothing stores, 5 liveries, 1 book stores, 3 boot and shoe stores, 2 sash and blind stores, 1 fruit  store, 3 machine shops, 2 bottling works, 1 harness shop, 2 warehouses, 2 wagon shops, 2  blacksmith shops, 1 newspaper office, and real estate agencies, boarding houses, etc., without end."

After reading it is not hard to accept the promises of the Leader that they are soon to be interested in an opera house, church, academy, railroad machine shops, etc.