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City Drug Store Collection

 Collection
Identifier: RH-A-3795

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of one DeWitt’s 200 Year Calendar and Book of Horoscopes circa. 1930 from the City Drug Store which had three locations: 238 East Main St., 1717 East Main St., and 101 East Paterson St. in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Dates

  • 1930's

Biographical / Historical

The first City Drug Store was opened in 1902 by Frank J. Maus (11/10/1881-3/17/1934). Located at 238 East Main St. (now Michigan Ave.) Maus owned City Drug Store until 1920. In 1921 Clarence Stanley Triestram (4/11/1896-2/11/1960) bought the Main St. location. By 1924 there were two City Drug Stores the second located at 1717 East Main St. By 1929 a third location had been added at 101 East Paterson. The three locations of City Drug Store were owned and operated by Clarence and his two brothers Ray (6/16/1892-9/1967) and Glen (5/29/1900-10/19/1979). The brothers operated all three locations until 1959. In 1959 the first location at 238 East Main became Piper's City Drugs. However, by 1961 all three locations of City Drugs were again listed in the Kalamazoo city directories. These continued operation until 1971, when only the second location at 1717 East Main is still listed. After 1971 all three locations are gone from the directories.
The DeWitt's 200 Year Calendar and Book of Horoscopes included in this collection was published by E.C. DeWitt and Co. of Chicago, Illinois. DeWitt was a maker of preparations and medicines for various ailments sold at City Drug Store and other drugstores around the country. The book filled with horoscopes, calendars and other useful information is also filled with advertisements and testimonials promoting DeWitt's.

Extent

0.05 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

Physical Description

This collection amounts to 0.05 cubic feet of space and is comprised of one DeWitt’s 200 Year Calendar and Book of Horoscopes circa. 1930. The book measures 5 ½”x8 ½,” is red, blue black and yellow in color, with a picture of plane and zodiac signs printed on the front as well as the title of the book. The back cover is also of the same colors with an advertisement for DeWitt’s Pills and “compliments of City Drug Store, Kalamazoo, MI printed on it. The book is in good condition with minimal wear and yellowing of the pages.

Notes

Purchased with funds from the Starring Endowment
Title
City Drug Store Collection Finding Aid
Status
Completed
Author
Ashley Kirvan
Date
2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Contact:
Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490