|UPDATED: A quick history of pharmacies in NB|
Posting Date: 04/12/2012
There has been a pharmacy on the site of Scarbrough Pharmacy at least since the early 1950s, when Overmeirs (which some of us "old-timers" remember), was located in the Hardy Bank building, along with the bank itself.
Historical photos and most of the historical notes were provided by the NB Area Historical Society, which houses a wide array of interesting photos and artifacts, about the North Baltimore Area's history.
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Except for the first floor, which now makes up the side and rear walls of the present structure, the Hardy Bank building was demolished in a major remodeling of the site. (Gerdeman Insurance is to the left (south) of the alley. Various car dealerships were on the right (north), over the years).
The original buildings on the Scarbrough site, including Henry's Opera House, were destroyed in the Great Fire of 1891. Here are some of the buildings and businesses to occupy this block, following the rebuilding and further changes in the business district.
The Chalifont Building (above) - was a clothing store. The building which replaced it was the Peoples Bank Building which was later owned by the Hardy Bank. Notice the britches hanging as a "merchandising" from the awning and the sign post!
A photo of an early pharmacy, Clark's Drug Store was in the Columbia Hotel, in this block around 1910.
Dr. Roberts father owned an operated a pharmacy on SouthMain Street for many years in the early 20th Century.
The first pharmacy/drug store in North Baltimore was operated by Dr. Henry in conjunction with his medical practuice. It was later known as Henry and Tarr's Drug Store.
UPDATE: A couple of the more recent pharmacy operators were K. O. Hoffman and Gerry Aller, who also operated a pharmacy from that location on North Main Street. Aller's Pharmacy probably had the longest run in that location, through most of the 1970's - until around, or just past, the turn of the century.
|Posted Date: 04/12/2012|
Ruth Jean Wales Van Wormer and I worked at Overmeirs drug store in 1942-43 until we left for college. We worked on Wednesday nights when all the stores were open and all day on Saturday. We basically ran the soda fountain althogh we were allowed to sell things off the shelves. I don't think we made too much money but we both enjoyed having all the ice cream and coke we wanted. At that time Ruth lived on West Water Street and I lived on East Broadway so I walked her as far as the High School where her Mother met us and then I walked home. Times were different then as it was safe for a young women to walk home alone after 10:00 at night
Phyllis Heckathorn Wood
By: Phyllis Heckathorn Wood
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