Washington Drug Company


Washington Street
Darlington, SC


Washington Drug Company was owned by Austrian immigrants Harry Guy (1910-1962) and Eugenia “Jean” Heiden Gross (1910-1989). Jean immigrated to the United States in 1921 and graduated from the School of Pharmacy at Columbia University in New York. She married Harry in Trinidad in June 1948. Before immigrating to the United States, Harry—originally named Heinrich Guido Gross—attended the University of Vienna where he received his medical degree and then subsequently moved to Great Britian and Trinidad. Jean and Harry briefly lived in New Orleans, Louisiana before moving to Darlington, South Carolina around 1950 and acquiring the drug store located at 521 Washington Street. Jean continued to manage the store after Harry’s death in 1962 and brought on a new pharmacist in 1964 before ultimately moving to Florida the following year.

Main Image: Advertisement for Washington Drug Company. Clipping dated February 26, 1959, courtesy of  Darlington County Historical Commission & Museum, Darlington, SC.


Above Image: Newspaper clipping announcing new management at the Washington Drug Company. Reprinted from The State, October 15, 1950.


Above Image: Advertisement featuring Washington Drug Company. Reprinted from The Morning News, January 29, 1954.


Above Image: Newspaper clipping announcing a new pharmacist at Washington Drug Company. Reprinted from The Morning News, June 7, 1964.

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