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The Powell Family

Owners of Powell's Drug Store in Crescent, 1903-1929

Submitted by James Clanin


   Andrew POWELL was born in Darke County, OH on March 9, 1851. He was the son of Levi POWELL and Mary (Linn) POWELL. He married Nancy Ellen CALDERWOOD in Greenville, OH on May 17, 1874. They had three children: James Levi (1875 - 1876), Albertus Barton (b. 12 Aug 1877 in Richland TWP, Darke County, OH. ) and Carrie Dale (b. 22 Feb 1882).
   Shortly after Carrie Dale's birth, Andrew moved the family to a farm in Montgomery County, KS about six miles north of Independence. In 1898, Andrew moved the family to a farm near Edmond, OT. In Crescent, Andrew was known as "Dad Powell".
   Albertus Barton POWELL was known as "A. B." or "Bert". He attended Edmond Territorial Normal School, now known as University of Central Oklahoma, where he studied chemistry and biology. On October 1, 1902, he passed the Territorial Board of Pharmacy and received his certificate as Registered Pharmacist (No. 464). He married Mollie Louise CORBETT on April 18, 1903. They had one child, Whilma Elenor POWELL.
   On April 18, 1903, Andrew POWELL and his son Bert purchased the City Drug Store in Crescent from C. E. Potts of Wichita, KS. The drug store was renamed "Powell and Son Drug Store," then "Powell's Drug Store".
   The store, for a time, was the "public station for the long distance and local telephones". Doctors Kendall and Campbell also kept their office in the store. After purchasing the store, the Powells installed a fine soda fountain.
   Bert was City Clerk from 1905 until around 1929. In 1929, he retired and sold the drug store to Mr. Bob Hood, Sr. Bert's father, Andrew, died May 24,1932 and is buried in the Crescent cemetery.
   Bert was also in the real estate business with Mr. Dan Richards. Bert and his business partner owned a Black Orpington chicken named "Judge" that was insured for $1000.00 and was shown at State and National Poultry shows and won many blue ribbons. After his retirement from the drug store business, Bert went into the egg business, having over 1000 white leghorn chickens. He was a member of the Oklahoma and National Poultry Associations.
   Bert was also a charter member of the Crescent Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Crescent (32 deg. Mason), the Scottish Rite Temple in Guthrie, and the India Temple in Oklahoma City.
   Bert's daughter, Whilma Elenor POWELL, was born May 29, 1904. She graduated from Crescent High School in 1922, having attended all 12 years in Crescent schools. She attended the University of Oklahoma for four years, graduating from the pharmaceutical school as a Pharmaceutical Graduate-PH.G, Pharmaceutical Chemist-PH.C, and Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy-B.S. She became a member of the honorary pharmaceutical sorority, LAMBDA KAPPA SIGMA, on February 24, 1924, and was certified as Registered Pharmacist (No. 3829).
   On June 10, 1928, she married James Olin CLANIN . They had one son, James Albertus "Jimmy Bert" CLANIN. They divorced in 1932. She worked for the Logan County News in Crescent and for Eason Oil Company as a chemist.
   She married George Edward REID September 17, 1948, and they had one daughter, Dixie Evelyn REID. They moved to George West, TX where they lived until their deaths.

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