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Mount Vernon in Franklin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Rutherford Drugstore

 
 
Rutherford Drugstore Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2018
1. Rutherford Drugstore Marker
Inscription. Oldest business in Mt. Vernon, opened in 1869 by John Griffith Lock Rutherford (1851-1936), Texas-born great grandson of American Revolution general for whom a Tennessee county was named. Young Rutherford began by handling a small line of drugs in the Ruth Pattillo & Co. Mercantile store, went into store of his own at present site in 1877. Postmaster of the town (Lone Star, renamed Mt. Vernon), 1874-82, he seems to have housed post office in store.

Son Griffith Wright Rutherford carried on business after 1914. Now in second century, an heir retains interest in the store.
 
Erected 1974 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9851.)
 
Location. 33° 11.325′ N, 95° 13.24′ W. Marker is in Mount Vernon, Texas, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Houston Street and Main Street (U.S. 67), on the right when traveling north on Houston Street. Touch for map. Mounted to outside wall of store. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Houston Street, Mount Vernon TX 75457, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of the Merchants and Planters National Bank (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct
Rutherford Drugstore Marker can be seen on wall of store in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2018
2. Rutherford Drugstore Marker can be seen on wall of store in background.
line); Franklin County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historic Roadside Park (approx. 2.1 miles away); Ripley Massacre (approx. 4.1 miles away).
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
Rutherford Drugstore Marker can just be seen on corner of building. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2018
3. Rutherford Drugstore Marker can just be seen on corner of building.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 3, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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