On April 22, 1889, Foress Ball Lillie arrived in Guthrie on one of the many trains that

transported the pioneers
flooding into the newly opened Unassigned Lands

seeking to make their fortunes.  He was thirty four years old and had already made

a name for himself in Kansas, having owned a drugstore in Chapman KS. He had

also served as mayor in Chapman and had established another drugstore in

Dighton, KS. Not satisfied with his life, Foress decided to venture into the new Indian

Territory on the day Guthrie was born. Although he made it to the fledgling city,

his tent and trunk did not arrive until the next day. Not discouraged by the delay he

began his business career, presumably in the open air, selling stationary

and stamps until he could take delivery of his drugs and join the 10,000 who lived in

the tent city that was Guthrie.


He also had a printing press shipped to Guthrie

and printed the Guthrie Getup newspaper.


Foress Lillie was so well known that this post card

dated June 12, 1906
, sent from Dinkler Drug

in Anadarko needed no address other than his

photo and the town of Guthrie.


F.B. Lillie was a significant figure in the development of the pharmaceutical industry

in Oklahoma. He helped establish pharmacy law in the Oklahoma Territory and

was a founding member of the Oklahoma Territory Pharmaceutical Association.

He served on numerous pharmacy boards and was a leading figure in both state

and national pharmacy associations and boards. He was a valued member of the

Guthrie community as well a leader in education and the establishment of many

pharmacy associations.


The Lillie Drugstore, having been established on Land Run Day, April 22, 1889 was

not only one of the first businesses in the Indian Territory but stands as a testament

to the entrepreneurship and dedication of the pioneers like Foress Ball Lillie who

settled the State of Oklahoma.
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FORESS BALL LILLIE  |  1855 - 1926  |  GUTHRIE OK
Post Card from the F.B. Lillie Collection:
(Box 4 Folder 2, OU Western History
Collection, Norman, OK)
Note:

The address on
the Lillie Drug Co
promotional calendar
dated 1931 is Guthrie,
Okla and the telephone
number reads:
Telephone # 61
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Having been born in Texas, Fred Blalock and his brother Jack worked as

druggists and with a series of partners owned the Corner Drugstore in Madill.

In 1945 they became the sole proprietors
.  The brothers were well respected

businessmen. Fred served as Mayor of Madill and was a long time member

of the City Council.


An incident on Sunday, July 17, 1932 would catapult The Corner Drugstore

into infamy in the history of Oklahoma.


A federal prohibition officer named Wiley U. Lynn walked into the Corner

Drug Store that Sunday and shot Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation

Agent, Crockett Long. Seems Wylie Lynn had long held a grudge against

Agent Long for his arrest in connection with the death of the famous lawman

William Matthew Tilghman in 1924.


Agent Long shot back and both men died later from their wounds.


The Madill Corner Drug Store under the ownership of Fred and Jack

Blalock and their partners was forever designated as the site of "The Last

Oklahoma Shoot Out".
FRED CLAUD BLALOCK  |  1893-1955  |   MADILL  OK
JACK BLALOCK  |  1897-1968  |   MADILL OK
An very old saddle bag stored a
variety of pharmaceuticals and
medicines used by the traveling
physician or the pharmaceutical
salesman. Click the photo to see
more detail.
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