Post by David Sechrest on Apr 12, 2008 22:01:23 GMT -5
George, I apologize for not having this Thread for Otto Drugs available to you when you posted the information.
If you would like to copy and paste it here, or delete it from the Fisher's Drugs file and place it here, that would be great (just remember to copy it before you delete it).
David Sechrest Historic Columbus Indiana Progress should not ignore its roots and pillage our heritage in the process. Cultural, social, and historical should be part of the process, for it is the path and not the destination that is important - S. Givens
Theodore E. Otto, representative business man of Columbus, and leading druggist and pharmacist of the city, was born in Ripley County, Ind., January 7, 1863. He is a son of F.E. and Maria (Winkler) Otto, who were born in Germany in the years 1835 and 1837, respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Otto left their native country in 1853, immigrating to the United States and settling in Ripley County, where they still reside. Theodore E. is the third of a family of eight children. He received a common school education at the town of Friendship, Ind., and in 1876, entered the large drug house of E. Frichnult, Cincinnati. where he remained two years, with the object of becoming acquainted with the details of that business. In 1879 he went to Aurora, Ind., but at the end of one year returned to Cincinnati and entered the Cincinnati College of Pharmacy, from which he graduated in 1883. After completing his course he came to Columbus and engaged in the drug business at the northwest corner of Washington and Fourth streets, where he has since carried on a constantly increasing trade. The store was established in 1882, Mr. Otto assuming charge two years later. The establishment is seventy-five feet in depth, with a frontage of eighteen feet, and is one of the neatest drug houses in the city, while the extensive stock carried, places it upon a par with many of the metropolitan establishments. The stock comprises complete lines of pure drugs, a full variety of the standard remedies of the day, a full line of fancy and toilet articles, an assortment of paints, oils and varnishes, in fact, a full line of the various goods usually found in a first -class drug store. Mr. Otto is a skillful" pharmacist and deserves a notice among the city's enterprising business men.