Sometime in the late 19th century Captain T. J. Adams operated a general store in Quicksburg Virginia. He died in 1904 and Clarence Lafayette Zirkle bought the business. Zirkle would have sold a wide array of items ranging from dry goods to farm implements. A photograph of one of his advertisement signs indicates he also sold buggies from the T.T. Haydock company.
On May 21, 1908 the Shenandoah Valley newspaper reported that Clarence L. Zirkle had been convicted of selling illegal alcohol at his store. According to the article, an empty "Duffey's malt bottle" had been found on site and several witnesses had come forward to testify that Zirkle sold illegal alcohol at the site.
Clarence Zirkle was a prosperous merchant and leading citizen in his community who had formerly been a deputy sheriff. He legal council had consisted of noted Woodstock attorneys M.I. Walton and W.L. Newman who had called over 50 witnesses in his defense. However, the jury had convicted him in just over three hours. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail and given a $500 fine plus over $1000 in court costs.
The fate of Zirkle and his store are unknown. At some point in the 20th century it became known as Pence and Zirkle. The exact location of his business was located is also unclear.