In the early 1900s, locally, businesses as well as fraternal organizations incorporated as a means to raise funds. A perfect example was that of the Standish Hall Association. Incorporated in 1908, it financed a two-story building in Standish. Typical of the era, the second floor was used as a hall for fraternal organizations. The first floor, of course, was rented to commercial enterprises, with those proceeds used to maintain the building, etc.
The Standish Hall still exists in a state of arrested decay and better known to many as the former home of Neil’s Mercantile.