Bernadoitte Schmitt


Company Names, addresses, dates:
  B. Schmitt, 125 N. Main Street, Woodstock VA
  Schmitt's Drug Store, 125 N. Main Street, Woodstock VA

Notes:
Information from the Woodstock Museum and the book "Early Woodstock Facts and Photographs"1:
Schmitts drug store was established in 1824 by Dr. John G. Schmitt. Barnadoitte Schmitt erected a building in 1885 that was the family residence & drug store (the building depicted below in the photo that was taken May 2010). In 1944, Joseph B. Clower bought the building and the business from the Schmitt heirs. Clower managed the store until 1956, when he sold the business to the owners of the Walton & Smoot Drug store.
The Woodstock Museum has a large display on Schmitt's Drug store.

Bottles:

schmitt_01 These are clear bottles - the left is 5.4" tall and th right is 3.5" tall. They are both embossed:
horizontal: ESTABLISHED / 1825
vertical: B. SCHMITT / DRUGGIST / WOODSTOCK, VA.
These bottles say 1825, whereas all the others (and the pamphlet below) say 1824. I don't know if 1825 was a mistake by the glass maker, or if somewhere along the way the Schmitt drugstore changed the story about when it was established.
schmitt_02 Clear (sun-colored-amythest) 4.5" bottle embossed:
horizontal: ESTABLISHED / 1824
vertical: B. SCHMITT / DRUGGIST / WOODSTOCK, VA.
base: G.
schmitt_03 Clear 3.7" bottle embossed:
horizontal: ESTABLISHED / 1824
vertical: B. SCHMITT / DRUGGIST / WOODSTOCK, VA.
schmitt_10 Clear 4.75" bottle embossed:
vertical: SCHMITT's DRUG STORE / THE STORE FOR QUALITY / WOODSTOCK, VA.



Other items:
schmitt_07 This is the building that housed Schmitt's drug store, at 123 & 125 Old Valley Pike (route 11). Photo was taken May 2010. The building is still called "The Schmitt building", as can be seen on the sign on the front door in the center. The left side of the building (123) was the family residence, while the right side (125) was the drug store.
schmitt_04 This is a label, presumably for a drugstore bottle. It's marked:
EMULSION / OF PURE NORWEGIAN / COD LIVER OIL / WITH / HYPOPHOSPHITES / LIME, SODA, and POTASS. / ... PREPARED AT / SCHMITT'S PHARMACIES, / WOODSTOCK, VA., STRASBURG, VA., / MOOREFIELD, W.VA.
schmitt_05 This is another label. It's marked:
BEEF / WINE/ AND IRON / ALCOHOL 21 PER CENT / ... PREPARED AT / SCHMITT'S PHARMACIES, / WOODSTOCK, VA., STRASBURG, VA., / MOOREFIELD, W.VA.
schmitt_06 Since "Joseph B. Clower" was listed as the manager of Schmitt's drugstore in the last label, I included this label from Clower Pharmacal Company, marked:
11 FLUID OUNCES / TONAK / ALCOHOL 18 PER CENT. / A / Purely Vegetable Tonic and Alterative ... ... MANFD. BY / CLOWER PHARMACAL / COMPANY / WOODSTOCK, VA.
schmitt_08 This is a c.1932 pamphlet for Woodstock VA, published by Schmitt's Drug store. The front says:
A Panorama of Beauty / SEE THE MAGNIFICENT VIEW OF / The Shenandoah Valley / From / SHENANDOAH TOWER / ON MASSANUTTEN MOUNTAIN / At / WOODSTOCK, VIRGINIA / Ask us for information - we are at your service, / it is real pleasure to aid you. / We have been in budiness on this site since 1824 / Incidentallh if it is a cool drink, delicious ice / cream, a good cigar, or anything to be found / in a first class drug store we have it. / SCHMITT'S DRUG STORE / "The Store for Quality" / WOODSTOCK, VIRGINIA
schmitt_09 This is the back side of the above pamphlet, showing a map of Woodstock, with Schmitt's Drug Store highlighted. The center of the pamphlet has two pictures and some information about Woodstock. It says the County Courthouse was built "137 years ago", which would date this pamphlet at about 1932.
schmitt_11 This is an advertising card for Jayne's Carminative Balsam and Jayne's Tonic Vermifuge. On the back at the bottom, it says:
PRESENTED BY / B. SCHMITT, / Woodstock, Shenendoah Co., / Virginia.


1 Book: "Early Woodstock Facts and Photographs", by Joseph B. Clower, Jr., Copyright 1996, The Woodstock Museum




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