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Site of the Coleman Family Drug Store and Clinic

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2019
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Inscription.  Dr. Walter Jackson Coleman and his wife, Mary Eugenia (DuBose), moved to Texas with their family from Isney, Alabama in 1897. After settling in the railroad town of Mineola, a traveling salesman persuaded Dr. Coleman to invest in the pharmacy business, resulting in establishment of the Coleman Family Drug Store in 1902. Early on, Dr. Coleman developed trust with his patients by making house calls and opening his home to those in need. He often accepted food as payment for his medical treatments in the general custom of the time. His store was well stocked with medicines, some developed by Dr. Coleman and his son, Charlie.

Charlie Coleman, familiar with patent formulas before he graduated from high school, received a pharmacist license in 1912 and helped run the business. In 1933, two of his brothers, Robert and John, both doctors, set up a clinic adjacent to the store, which Charlie took over after their father died in 1937. The clinic closed at the start of World War II when John and Robert joined the armed forces.

After the war, Robert and John practiced medicine in other state, but Charlie continued to manage the Mineola store.

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By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2019
2. Site of the Coleman Family Drug Store and Clinic Marker
His civic contributions included four terms as city commissioner and service as Mayor Pro Tem in 1926. He also served on the Mineola school board, the draft board and the equalization board.

The Coleman Family Drug Store continued to thrive with several family members working here before later pursuing careers in the medical field. It closed in 1964 because of Charlie’s declining health. He passed away on December 9, 1968 and was buried in the Mineola City Cemetery.
 
Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13746.)
 
Location. 32° 39.792′ N, 95° 29.369′ W. Marker is in Mineola, Texas, in Wood County. Marker is on South Johnson Street south of East Broad Street (U.S. 80), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 South Johnson Street, Mineola TX 75773, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mineola's Jewish Community (within shouting distance of this marker); Saloons in Mineola (within shouting distance of this marker); First National Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Public Mineral Water Well (within shouting distance of this marker); Mineola Opera Houses

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(within shouting distance of this marker); C. W. Raines (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mallory Bros. Grocery and Feed Stores (about 300 feet away); Mineola (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mineola.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 5, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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