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EDWIN C. DeBARR | 1859 - 1950 | NORMAN OK
A colorful and notorious figure in Oklahoma Pharmacy, Edwin DeBarr was
originally from Michigan and his education and experience resulted in his
being appointed as head of the Chemistry Department at the new University of
Oklahoma, where he served as head of the department and a vice president
of OU until 1923. He also became Dean of the OU School of Pharmacy acting
in this capacity from 1899 - 1904 and later as Acting Dean from 1911-1912.
He earned a Bachelors and Ph.D. Degree in Chemistry and was a member
of the Oklahoma Territory Pharmaceutical Association taking the role of
Secretary from 1894 - 1899. Edwin was an active member of the Masons,
the Odd Fellows and The Elks.
But...he was also a leader in the Klu Klux Klan.
This affiliation caused him to be discharged from OU in 1923. In 1988, his
name was removed from the Chemistry Building on the campus which was
known at the time as DeBarr Hall.
CHARLES PAUL WICKMILLER | 1858 - 1948 | KINGFISHER OK
Better known as "Wick", Charles Wickmiller had a distinguished career
as one of the true pioneers in Oklahoma history and as a leader in the OK
pharmaceutical business community throughout his life.
But first, he had to get to Oklahoma.
He was part of the infamous "Boomers" group along with David L. Payne and
W.H. Osburn who influenced the opening of the unassigned lands. He came to
Oklahoma in 1883 as a boomer and was arrested for his efforts to establish a
colony near modern day Oklahoma City. As punishment, Wick spent a month
in Fort Reno.
He soon returned to Kansas but in 1889, when the Unassigned Lands were
finally opened, he made the run on his horse and staked his claim. He started
his drugstore business that day where he set up in a tent. He'd hired a driver
to cart his pharmaceutical inventory into the new territory and he slept in his
tent on the ground until a wandering centipede on his pillow convinced him to
seek safety sleeping on a cot.
Wickmiller moved from his tent location into the first two story building in the
town of Kingfisher, ran his drugstore and eventually served as mayor of his
adopted town. He was a man of many interests. He collected Native American
artifacts which he displayed in his drugstore. He was also a collector of
unusual walking canes including one made from the spine of a shark.
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Ointments and oils, lotions and
powders were as much a part
of early drugstores as were
the medical remedies.
A family needed more
and the local druggist
was responsible for
enhancements and other
for both men and women.
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A salesman's sample
bag contains a variety
Bros. Mfg. Company,
in Kansas City MO.