Today I tracked down one of the original Bresee's General Stores, located in South Hartwick, NY.
I was surprised to see it is still standing.
I'll check out the other locations at a later date after doing more research.
The department store’s founder was Frank H. Bresee, a farmboy born in 1864 on Hartwick’s Christian Hill who decided he could make a better living peddling door-to-door. In a few years, he had general stores in South Hartwick and Hartwick, New Lisbon, Fly Creek, Laurens, Schenevus and Sidney.
In 1899, he and brother-in-law Fred Cooper opened Bresee’s just west of where the deserted three-story hulk is today, moving next door in 1905.