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LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     The following death notices can be found on page 23 of the December 1938 issue (Volume 6, Number 1) of The Texas Druggist. (Some punctuation may be changed or added for clarity. Surnames are capitalized for emphasis.)

     “E. Burns ASTON, 3324 Beverly, Dallas, was killed in an automobile accident near Austin. Mr. Aston had been connected with the Skillern stores of Dallas for more than 20 years, serving for a long time as Vice-President of the organization. He retired about a year ago.

     Robert I. BOWEN, Sr., 66, druggist, banker, and rancher, who had lived in Coleman since 1882, died Oct. 1, in a hospital in Ft. Worth after a four-year illness caused by a heart ailment. He had been in the hospital for a month.

     E. O. ELLIOTT, age 40, of San Angelo, died of automobile injuries, in Stephenville, Texas. Mr. Elliott was formerly in the drug business at Cisco, Texas.

      J. A. GRAMM, 52, late of San Antonio, died suddenly Sunday evening, Nov. 20th, shortly before 9 o’clock at Texas City, where he was employed by Halbeck’s Pharmacy. Surviving is his wife, Mrs. Nell KING GRAMM, Texas City.

     Dr. Callender L. JOHNSON, 70, practicing physician in Dallas for the last forty years, died Monday, Nov. 15. He resided at 4935 Victor Street. For years, Dr. Johnson owned and operated the old Courthouse Drug Store. He was a member of the Scottish Rite and York Rite Masonic bodies.

     L. L. MEDLOCK, 59, of Roscoe, Texas, died Oct. 11, at the Methodist Hospital, Dallas. He was a graduate of the Atlanta College of Pharmacy; first located in Ft. Worth, 1901; later going to Sweetwater. He is survived by his wife and four children.

     John PFEIFFER, 79, retired pharmacist and San Antonio resident for 46 years, died Saturday morning, November 13, in a local hospital.

     Charles SCHRADER died Oct. 4, 1938, at 122 Wickes St., San Antonio, Texas.

     Alfred Theodore SCHULZ, [who] died in the early morning of November 12th, 1938, was born May 27th, 1859, in Brazil and moved to Germany with his parents as a child. After his father’s death, he came to Texas in the year of 1868 and moved to Mexia, Texas, in 1882. Mr. Schulz was the second oldest drug[gist] in Texas, and one of the oldest merchants in this section of the county.”

     Hilmer SCHOOL of 302 E. Evergreen St., San Antonio, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 10. He was a native of Texas and had been a resident of San Antonio 10 years. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Clara SCHOOL.”

     The item below appears on page 34 of the December 1938 issue of The Texas Druggist. It apparently refers to the “Skillern stores” mentioned in the death notice of E. Burns ASTON.

     “With a store-wide and city-wide sensational sale, Skillern’s home-owned drug stores recently celebrated their forty-third anniversary. President Rae SKILLERN said it was an ‘appreciation sale’ to show the many customers of the Skillern stores the appreciation of the officers and stockholders, all Dallas folks, for their loyal support. R. S. (Bob) BELL is vice-president and Mr. Skillern’s right-hand man.”


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