Harriet Reece is the winner!
Headquarters Drug Store is the answer for Week 330 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.
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Tuesday: Stocks were sold
Wednesday: It served a particular need.
Thursday: Was rather remote, except to those live or worked nearby
Friday: Business records kept
Saturday: Sundries and confections
Headquarters Drug Store was started by investors in 1929. It was the one building and business in Headquarters not owned by Potlatch Corporation. Several people, including John Bradbury's parents, J. Howard and Vivian (Molloy) Bradbury, started the enterprise. John said both his mother and father were pharmacists and his mother worked in the store for a time.
Though it was called a drug store, it did not carry prescription drugs. There were sundries, penny candy, clothing, over-the-counter remedies, a soda fountain and other assorted items. The post office was also housed there. John said in the back of the building there was a stage where Christmas programs were held for the community.
As it turns out, Harriet worked there when she lived in Headquarters. She said the business had slot machines, too. Their soda fountain was popular and the store was a community gathering place. Don Springer, who was originally from Genesee, operated it when she lived there in 1943-45.
The only medical provider in Headquarters was a nurse. There were no doctors.
Many of the business records have been donated to the Clearwater Historical Museum
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