Dr. A. L. Johnston and the 1913 Possum Supper

The February, 1914 issue of the Pharmaceutical Era reports on the “Possum Supper” thrown by the Mashburn Drug Company of Valdosta in December of 1913. Aside from the interesting menu, the affair  was also noteworthy for the presentation of “moving picture films” and “stereopticon views”, and “automobile rides” around the city. One of the attendees was Dr. A. L. Johnston of Valdosta. Dr. Johnston had a Ray City, GA connection and provided services, sometimes unusual, for Ray City residents. More on that in the next post DAN CUPID WINS OUT AFTER FOURTY YEARS.

For Christmas, A Possum Dinner

The Mashburn Drug Company, of Valdosta, Ga, gave their second annual ‘Possum Supper to their customers in December. Quite a number of their guests who reached Valdosta in the early afternoon were given an automobile ride around the city. At 8: 30 p.m. the guests were escorted to the New Valdes Hotel, where a sumptuous repast was spread, consisting of ” ‘possum and taters,” birds, salads, etc.  A. E. Dimmock, a Valdosta druggist, was toastmaster. Among those responding with toasts were Mayor Jno. T. Roberts, of Valdosta; Jno. Dickerson, of Jacksonville, who represents Eli Lilly & Co. in the State of Florida; C. L. Parks, representing H. K. Mulford & Co., Philadelphia, Pa.; Dr. E. P. Quillian, Clyattsville, Ga.; Dr. J. M. Hall, Douglass, Ga.; W. A. Bradley, representing the Cleveland Fruit Juice Co., Cleveland, Ohio; Senator W. L. Converse; Fred Bergstrom, of Bergstrom & Newberry; Dr. A. L. Johnston, and Russell Peeples, of Valdosta, Ga. Woods A. Caperton, sales manager for Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis, Ind., was a specially invited guest and he made the trip to Valdosta to attend this supper. He brought with him about 80 stereopticon views and two reels of moving picture films and immediately after the supper he gave those in attendance a “moving-picture trip” through the plant of Eli Lilly & Co. About 150 or the Mashburn Drug Co.’s customers were present and all expressed themselves as having had a most enjoyable time.

In The Pharmaceutical era, Vol 47. (1914). New York [etc.: D.O. Haynes & Co.

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