Local denver Pharmacy, Need Help On This One!

CurbdiggerCarl

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Hey guys and gals, been doing a little digging in between back spasms and popping the back spasm happy pills. Buddy deduced a possible trash pit location, and was correct, and kindly called me up.
Dug a few commons and my first decent token in a very long time. I found one local pharmacy, a "Haswell's Allopathic Remedy Co, Denver, Colo" bottle. I know Haswell had drugstores from the late 1880's to the early teens, but show no record of this company. Anyone knowledgeable of Colorado bottles out there?
Thanks in advance,
Carl

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Hey Carl,

From the 1884 Denver Gazetteer:

"Bailey JA & Co (John A Bailey, Wm S Haswell), druggists 339 16th."

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From.

"William S. Haswell was in Georgetown in 1875 to 1878, he than moved to Leadville in1879, than moved to Pueblo before arriving in Denver in 1885. He had several locations in downtown Denver but no listings after 1915."

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He's listed as a member of the Masonic Washington Lodge, No.12, Georgetown, in 1874. Page 6.

Listed as an officer of the Nevada Lodge, No. 4, Bald Mountain, Gilpin County in 1870. From.

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"2350. William S. Haswell of Georgetown, Colo.,
title "Haswell's blood and liver pills."--Appli-
cation filed 16th September, 1880." From The Commissioners of patents' journal, 1881.

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"__ COLORADO

A War of Retaliation Going On - Dry Goods Men Cause the Arrest of Druggists - Claim the Latter Are Violating the Excise Law - A Young Clerk Gets Into Trouble Over a Ring.

THERE is a merry war in Denver AZ Salomon, president of the Salomon Dry Goods Company of Denver, caused the arrest on July 3 of William S Haswell proprietor of drug stores at 10th and Champa and llith and Lawrence streets; EL Scholtz, proprietor of a drug store at 16th and Curtis streets, and Michael Herr who runs a drug store at ltith and Stout, on charges of selling intoxicating liquors without a saloon license.

Mr Salomon's action ,it is said, is only an inrltial step against the alleged illegitimate sale of liquor, which he claims is going on openly in most of the Denver drug stores. He says he has evidence to prove his case and several more complaints to make before his war upon the drug store whisky traffic comes to an end.

It all grew out of a war that has been going on quietly for some time past between the druggists and the dry goods dealers. The trouble also embraces merchants in other lines of trade. Lately some storekeepers have, for advertising purposes been adding to their regular stock articles usu ally handled by specialists. For instance AZ Salomon & Co have been selling quinine and other drugs at prices much below the drug store schedule. This is what merchants term department trade. In other dry goods stores the proprletors have added books stationery etc to their regular business. The low prices at which department goods are sold are a good advertisement for the stores running such departments as people attracted to these places by the cheapness of the department, sometimes become regular customers. Cost prices or very little over is charged for the special article, thus making them bait for the legitimate trade.

Early last month, it is said, the Denver druggists took cognizance of the cut being made into their business through the cheap sales of their wares in dry goods stores. The story is that a meeting was held at which a decision was reached to prosecute AZ Salomon & Co for selling quinine without employing persons holding pharmacists certificates from the State Board of Pharmacy to make such sales. Mr Salomon was selected as a fair representative of the offending dry goods merchants.

On June 12 the State Board of Pharmacy met in regular session and the complaint against Salomon & Co was laid before its members. Their action took shape in a complaint sworn out in Justice Cater's court against AZ Salomon on the grounds stated. Mr Salomon was arrested, tried before Cater, and fined $200 and costs. The proceedings were kept quiet for reasons best known to Justice Cater.

After paying his fine, Mr Salomon lost no time in preparing a retaliation. He blamed the prominent druggists of the city for the action taken by the State Board of Pharmacy, and at once set out to get even with them. In his desire for revenge he engaged detectives to find out what druggists sold "soda with a stick in it", and the first results of their sleuthing were the warrants sworn out yesterday against Haswell, Herr, and Scholtz.

On being notified that they were charged with violation of the liquor law, the three druggists went before Justice Cowell and gave bonds in the sum of $300 each for their appearance on the day set for preliminary hoaring. All three assert that they were in no way identified with the prosecution of AZ Salomon & Co for selling drugs contrary to law. A meeting of the druggists will be held within a day or two for the purpose of deciding what action to take in the dry goods drugs controversy. It is understood that dry goods dealers and other men running department stores will stand pat with AZ Salomon in his fight against the druggists." From The Merck Report, 1894.

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"Haswell, William S, b. 16 Jan 1845, NY, [CSA]" From Riverside Cemetery, Denver.

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"I find two embossed "witch hazels" on my shelves: Haswell’s / Witch Hazel Cream, clear, rectangular with beveled corners, 5 1/2 inches tall, also known in aqua; and Humphreys’ / Marvel / Witch Hazel in a circle, clear, oval, 7 3/8 inches tall.
Wm. S. Haswell first patented Haswell’s Blood and Liver Pills on October 12, 1880, in Georgetown, Colorado. On October 13, 1885, he patented London Balm in Denver, Colorado. Coca-Phosphates was patented May 18, 1886, and Haswell’s Witch Hazel Cream, February 22, 1887, in Denver. I’ve not found further information about Haswell or his remedies in my reference materials. Ironically, my Haswell’s was purchased several years ago from an antique dealer in Georgetown, Colorado." From Dr. Cannon's Medicine Chest.

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Thanks for the info, love the retailer's war story.
Heading out again today, hopefully something good will be found.
Carl
 

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cool finds. I love to find local pharmacist bottles, one of my favorite bottles to dig. most of the ones I find aren't really worth much, but to me there priceless, since it's such a good discovery to find a part of your towns past. I've found most of the pharmacist bottles form Bennington, but I wouldn't mind doubles or even ten of the same bottle.
 

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