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Wisdom, John William

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Description John W. Wisdom, 3-15-1840 to 3-24-1938. Mary Elizabeth Sturgill Wisdom: 9-12-1853 to 1938. Married: 6-14-1868. John Wisdom and Dr. Boyd opened a drug store on SW corner of Main and Valley streets in 1867. John learned the trade from Boyd and then bought him out the next year. John retired in 1917 due to illness.

The following is from an 1898 publication: "One of our most representative and best patronized drug houses is that of John W Wisdom, which was established in 1867. The stock carried is a very large one, embracing everything in the line of pure, fresh drugs, chemicals, patent medicines, druggist sundries, perfumes, toilet articles, etc., physicians prescriptions and family receipts are most carefully and accurately compounded. The proprietor today enjoys the distinction of being the pioneer merchant of the city. He is a native of Missouri, came to this county in 1862, and on his return from the Boise mines a year later, followed teaming until 1867, when he established the first drug store located here. In 1873 he established the celebrated Point Breeze stock farm, located four miles north of the city on the Powder River, comprised of 367 acres of elegant hay and grain land, with a good mile track on it. In 1880 he visited the Blue grass region of Kentucky, and bought the famous Challenger. 1064, and a number of high bred mares from Garrett Powell and Col. R. P. Pepper, two of the large breeders of that state. Chal-lenger's breeding was of the most fashionable sort. Got by Almont, acknowledged to be the greatest trotting sire of Kentucky, out of Belle by Alexander's Norman, sire of Lula, who trotted in 2:15, he has got such record-makers as Challenger Chief 2.15; Procrastination 2.29 and many others. He has at present in the stud at Point Breese a full brother of each of the above, who have the beauty and grace of proportion for which Challenger was so noted. Mr. Wisdom has at times taken an active interest in politics, representing this county as state senator in 1874 and 1876. He is at present city treasurer, a position he has filled since December, 1893."
Source: p. 9, Souvenir Edition. Morning Democrat, Bowen & Small, Publishers, May 20th, 1898.
Object ID 1980.1.644
Place 2nd, 2035
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