Day Drug Co. was a ‘Store of Ef­fi­cient Ser­vice’

The Sun Herald (Sunday) - - Television - BY MURELLA POW­ELL

To­day’s Flash­back fea­tures a circa 1915 flyer that ad­ver­tises the Day Drug Com­pany, which stood op­po­site of the Gulf & Ship Is­land Rail­road build­ing on 13th Street in Gulf­port. The July 25,

1912, Daily Her­ald news­pa­per an­nounced the grand open­ing of the drug store, at which “all sorts of dainty drinks and tooth­some bon­bons” were served.

The flyer tells that Day is a “Store of Ef­fi­cient Ser­vice” It car­ried “Drugs, Sun­dries, Toi­let Ar­ti­cles, Sta­tionery, Cam­eras & Sup­plies, To­bacco, Cigars, Etc.,” and it in­vited the pa­tron­age of the G.C.M.A. (Gulf Coast Mil­i­tary Academy).

Owned and op­er­ated by S.K. Day, the drug­store had a soda foun­tain that served tasty ice cream con­coc­tions. Im­me­di­ately af­ter its open­ing, Day be­came a gath­er­ing place and var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions held their meet­ings there. Dur­ing the 1913 World Cham­pion Base Ball se­ries, Day re­ceived by wire a de­tailed play by play of the games.

In 1955 two of S.K.

Day’s phar­ma­cists, Jim Day and Billy Triplett, with­drew from the Day Com­pany and pur­chased Glen’s Drug­store on the cor­ner of 14th Street and 25th Av­enue. There they opened the Triplett-Day Drug Co.

The Day drug­store con­tin­ued to op­er­ate un­til the re­tire­ment of S.K. Day in the mid-1950s. The pic­tured flyer also ad­ver­tises the Olympia Cafe on 14th Street, to which S.K. Day may have had a con­nec­tion. The “Boys” re­ferred to on the flyer were likely to have been the boys of

the G.C.M.A.

Murella H. Pow­ell, a lo­cal his­to­rian, writes the weekly Flash­back col­umn. Do you have a lo­cal pho­to­graph to sub­mit to Flash­back? It can be of any sub­ject or event in the Coast’s dis­tant or re­cent past. Please send a de­scrip­tion with your name, ad­dress and phone num­ber to Flash­back, Sun Her­ald, 205 DeBuys Road, Gulf­port, MS 39507.

Photo cour­tesy of Austin Lind­say

The Day drug­store of­fered more than a reg­u­lar phar­macy. It op­er­ated un­til the mid-1950s.

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