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PAUL LARGENT | 1900 - 1983 | TIPTON OK
The Largent family is well known in Oklahoma pharmaceutical circles. Paul Largent
was one of the owners of The Tipton Drugstore and later, after World War Two, he
bought out his partner and renamed the store Largent Drug Store. He was a renowned
civic leader in Tipton and the drugstore was a meeting place for residents of all ages.
After Paul's wife, Ann died in 1957, he remarried. His second wife, Colleen was an
amateur poet and on the occasion of Paul's retirement she wrote this verse entitled:
Paul received numerous awards and designations over his career. His son,
Parke Largent has also had a fine career both as a pharmacist, a drugstore
owner and as a teacher of Pharmacy Law at OU.
"This small drugstore was established in 1910, that was
way back when.
Asafedita, Tr. Belladonna, oil of cloves & mentholatum were
sold cheap way back then.
At the fountain, you had a choice of soft drinks, ice cream
candy and gum.
Come Saturday afternoon, to town everyone would come.
The mirror on the back bar was polished oh so bright.
Everyone was so afraid the mirror would be broken the day
of the fight.
The tobacco case was a very popular place in the store.
Just sell one cigar to a fellow and he'd always come back
In the southwest, this store was one of the best.
It kept the druggest so busy he hardly had time to rest.
This store today is up for sale.
Come one, come all, get your bids in the mail.
Paul Largent, the druggist wants so bad to retire.
Have some fun and travel before he expires."
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Asafetida Bags were
used as poultice-type
treatment for a
multitude of ailments
in the early days of
pharmacy. Soaked in
various liquid potions
the cloth bag would be
worn generally around
the neck of the
distressed patient to
ward off and/or cure
the particular illness.
ALFRED REED | 1869 - 1954 | NORMAN OK
Along with his father and brothers, Fred Reed came to Oklahoma during the Land
Run of 1889 in a covered wagon. The trip from his home in Kansas proved
to be more dangerous than they had thought.
Many creeks and streams flooded over their banks that year making it nearly
impossible for the covered wagon to cross the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River.
Their creative solution was to lay down planks on the railroad bridge so the
horses could slowly pull the huge wagon and the Reed family belongings across
to the other side.
Once in Oklahoma, Fred's father filed a claim on land that was later known as
Orlando, but Fred was too young to file a claim of his own so on July 1 of 1889 he
moved to Norman where he worked for a former Kansas neighbor, Tyler Blake.
In 1891 he became a partner in the Tyler Palace Drug Store and later its sole
owner. He retired in 1950 and on April 29, 1954, sixty one years and seven
days after he crossed the Arkansas River, he visited his old drugstore to buy
Alfred Reed sat down in a booth and died of cardiac arrest.
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SCRIPT FROM 1920
No doubt, the patient
taking this prescription
was in dire need of help!
Enlarge the image to read
the doctor's suggested
Perhaps Mr. Morrow could
have benefited from this
medicine to help with his