August 18, 1905
come next in our review of the business men and business interests of the town
to the popular and reliable drug store successfully conducted by Dr. W. M.
establishment is a model of neatness and taste, handsomely fitted up and in it
is found a stock of goods that would do credit to a place twenty times the
population of Rice.
one acquainted with drug stores and the drug trade, it requires but a glance for
him to see that he is in a house where the proprietor thoroughly understands the
business, knows exactly how to display his goods and what is most important of
all how to dispense them. To those
not familiar with the profession of pharmacy, it would seem but a simple thing
for any one to enter a drug store and sell or dispense the thousand and one
articles contained therein. One
party stating that everything was labeled, you should have no difficulty in
finding what was called for, overlooking the fact that many drugs and especially
chemicals, possibly harmless in themselves, when combined with others bear the
most deadly of poisons.
Harper is an experienced physician and pharmacist and the people find every
advantage and protection in dealing here. In
the purchase of his stock he is careful to select only the best of everything.
He keeps no dried out drugs or evaporated compounds, everything is of
regulation strength, fresh and pure, thus insuring uniformity on the action of
all drugs dispensed.
handsome and neat arrangement of the stock and the attractions of the store
remind one of the exactness and precaution used in serving every customer.
dealing here whether it be in the filling of the most difficult prescription or
in the purchase of the most harmless drugs or medicines the public can rely upon
note also his splendid stock of proprietary medicines, toilet articles,
physicians' and surgeons' supplies, sick room requisites, stationery, choice
cigars, a beautiful and well equipped soda fount where all kinds of cold
refreshing drinks can be obtained.
also carries a splendid stock of jewelry, fine gold and silver watches and rare
jewelry of every description. This
is an establishment of which our citizens are justly proud.
Dr. Harper is one of our most enterprising and progressive citizens and no
worthy project is ever presented to him, tending to advance the best interests
of our town but meets with his hearty approval and substantial aid.
- Biographical note, William M. Harper was born in 1872, Married Addie Loop in 1895, was a druggist in Chatfield and later Rice, and
died in 1939.
- Submitted by Roger Bartlett,
Austin TX, July 2002