Drugs, Wall Paper, Paints, Glass, Soda Fountain.


Few people in Henry county who do not know “The Corner Drug Store”—where more than a generation ago they gathered to hear the latest news and discuss questions, religious, political and social, in which all were interested. For years J.W. Satterthwaite was head man and presided with dignity and courtesy to all, special privileges to none. Here he discussed politics until, himself he graduated an accomplished politician out of the corner drug store into the Mt. Pleasant post office.

Mr. Satterthwait had, for several years, a most a faithful and trusted apprentice, Mr. J.H. Jericho. This young man, with his father, in 1889, bought the stock and business to be known thereafter under the name and style of J.H. Jericho & Co., at the same old corner stand.

A specialty of wall paper, paints, and glass was soon introduced, and during the season for their use, the east end of their store is occupied by the customers examining tints, colors and sizes to suit their tastes and convenience. And not the least, that celebrated soda fountain in front.

Who will ever forget the genial pleasant greetings of the senior member of the firm who seemed to know and enjoy all the pleasant incidents of his life and where troubles and cares have come to have forgotten them utterly, or never allowing their remembrance to cloud his pleasant smile.

And so, the Corner Drug store, by constant and close attention to the business in hand and painstaking effort to please and satisfy every demand has established and builded (sic) a fine business acknowledged to be one of the best in town.

In 1901, Gus. B. Jericho, the eldest brother, bought the father’s interest in the business, the firm now being composed of J.H. Jericho and Gus. B. Jericho. This has proved a strong firm and popular with the people generally, reliable in every way, attracting and receiving a large trade and patronage. So, the Brazelton House corner drug store continues to be one of the land marks of Mt. Pleasant.

(“The Free Press”, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Thursday, January 12, 1905, page 1)

Resource provided by Henry County Heritage Trust, Mount Pleasant, Iowa; transcription done by Rebekah Stone, University of Northern Iowa Public History Field Experience Class, Spring 2024.

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