Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     The following information about druggists can be found on page 14 of the March 1926 issue (Volume 47, Number 2) of The Texas Pharmaceutical Association Bulletin. (In all of the periodical excerpts in this column, surnames are capitalized for emphasis. Punctuation may be changed or added for clarity.)

     Two hundred and fifty people registered to attend the meeting of the West Texas Druggists Association in Stanford. As one would expect, numerous individuals participated in the program and business session.

     Reverend YOUREE of Stanford gave the invocation.

     J. Reece PRATT, Jr., gave the address of welcome.

     J. J. WAGGONER of Hamlin gave the response.

     Presentations were given by

Mr. HELDMAN, representing the J. Hungerford Smith Co.;

W. E. TOOGOOD of Dallas;

Alford LONG, representing the Richard Hudnut Company;

Ben T. LEDBETTER of Amarillo;

Knox PITTARD of Anson;

Walter FLY of Amarillo; and

Sam LIGHTFOOT of Lubbock.

     Walter FLY, Ben T. LEDBETTER, and Charles R. Austin, all of Amarillo, made up the program committee.

     Officers of the West Texas Druggists Association were

E. L. ROBERTSON of Lubbock, president, and

Mrs. W. E. AKERS of Hamlin, secretary.

     Biographical details about Mr. E. C. PHILIPS of Big Spring can be found on page 101 of the June 1929 (Volume 50, Number 3) issue of The Texas Druggist. His picture accompanies the text and the same photograph is also on page 14 of the March 1926 issue of The Texas Pharmaceutical Association Bulletin. (The caption under the picture printed in 1926 gives his name as ‘Sun Shine’ Phillips.)

     Earl Grover PHILIPS was born on 7 February 1889, in Tyler, Smith County, Texas, “when Southern people were proud to be called Democrats.” Because he felt Earl Grover was “too much name” for him, he changed it to “Shine” and used that name “even when on dress parade.” According to the article, the name suits him because “he scatters sunshine wherever he goes.”

     Philips stated that he had never been out of the state of Texas except one time and he was glad when he returned. “Shine” also said he was kicked out of school in the seventh grade but did not provide the reason.

     In 1913, he asked Miss Nan Bell to marry him, but she would not agree to a wedding until he graduated from State University with a pharmacy degree. The couple married on 10 February 1915 and had two girls who “look like their mother.”

     Although Philips was a Methodist, he explained that “most of the religion in the family is in his wife’s name and that she was an Episcopalian.” He was active as a Knight Templar Mason. When the article was written, he had served one term as the 37th president of the Texas Pharmaceutical Association in 1927.


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