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|THE OKLAHOMA DRUGSTORE STORIES SITE IS OPERATED BY
THE OKLAHOMA PHARMACY HERITAGE FOUNDATION, A NON PROFIT 501(c)(3)
WILLIAM LENOX McWILLIAMS | 1865- 1932 | MIAMI OK
Better known as Willie, William Lenox McWilliams had an interesting heritage.
His mother Lucy's ancestors came to America as settlers in the Massachusetts
Bay Colony in the early 1600's. His father was born on a farm in Missouri and
died by way of a lightening strike in 1872 leaving Willie and his sisters to be
raised by his wife. Willie married and moved to Miami 1891, where he and his
wife, Laura lived in a three room house he built himself.
He began his pharmaceutical career as the owner of Miami's Alpha Pharmacy
in 1895. Willie practiced medicine, served as the postmaster and the mayor
of Miami, raised cattle and was a Republican. This choice proved to add to his
accomplishments when he attended the 1900 Republican Convention in
Philadelphia. William McWilliams was one of the delegates chosen to personally
notify Theodore Roosevelt that he had been selected to run as the Vice
Presidential candidate on the Republican ticket.
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home remedies for
all sorts of ailments
and condition were
the order of the day
in the early days.
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MORRIS FENTON "POP" BAYLESS | 1883- 1977 | ADA OK
With an active career in the insurance business, Pop Bayless with no
experience as a pharmacist, took advantage of an opportunity in 1912 to
purchase City Drug Store in Stratford, OK. The Bayless Drug Company was
a joint venture incorporated with a capital investment of $5000. That set Pop
on a road to success and an active career as a pharmacist. After the death
of his first wife, he moved to Ada and opened a branch store. Pop continued
to expand his drugstore ownership with a wide variety of partners and at one
point in 1959, Pop Bayless owned interests in seven drugstores in the Ada and
He was fond of cigars.
Partial to Roi-Tans, Pop Bayless claimed to have smoked around 2,500 boxes
of the brand between 1907 and 1966. He was so fond of cigars that built himself
a desk made from Roi-Tan cigar boxes in his office where he maintained a soda
fountain and a collection of drugstore artifacts. He was proud of a lime squeezer
and a cork squeezer as well as an extensive gun collection.
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Cork squeezers were
a part of daily life in a
pharmacy as corks
were the forerunner
to the threaded bottle
tops and plastic tops
used in today's
The cork squeezer
could form the cork
to fit a specific bottle
neck and create a
safe secure closure.
CAP L. LANE | 1867 - 1924 | CHELSEA OK
A native of Texas, Cap Lane arrived in the Cherokee Nation in 1888 and
opened The Corner Drug Store in Chelsea shortly thereafter. He was a
successful businessman with an inventory in 1892 amounting to $1,500.00.
In 1891, Cap married Maude Ethel Rogers, the daughter of Clement Vann
Rogers and Mary America Schrimsher. They were given a new team of
horses by the brides father, Clem Rogers. They had four children and Cap
Lane was a charter member (Membership # 23) of the Indian Territory
As a point of interest, Maude Lane's brother, William Penn Adair Rogers would
become world famous as the humorist, raconteur, and actor, known as Will Rogers.
A Centrifuge used by
druggists to combine
into the desired drug needed.
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