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Stiles Pharmacy fonds


Physical Description:
1.6 m of textual records. -- 58 photographs

Joel Herbert Stiles, 1884-1957, was born in Ontario and came to Innisfail, Alberta in 1889. In 1904 he became a druggist and apprenticed with Annie Simpson, graduating in 1908. He opened a pharmacy in Bassano, Alberta in 1909. He married Mary Gardner Thompson, 1894-1990, and they had eight children. In 1912 Stiles opened a Rexall agency and became the leading Rexall distributor in Canada (for towns under 1000 population) in 1917-1918 and 1927-1928. Branch stores were opened in Jenner, Duchess and Hussar, two of which were managed by Joel's nephew, Edgar Norman Stiles, 1898-1961. After Joel's death the store was operated by sons William Joel "Bill" Stiles, 1925-1987, and Edwin Garnet "Ted" Stiles, 1914-1989. A new building was constructed in 1974. The Stiles family sold the business in 1989.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of business records of the pharmacy (1909-1989); personal papers of Joel, George, Mary, Edgar, Joseph, N.W., and Mary Ann Stiles (1887-1986); financial records of Miss Simpson's pharmacy (1921-1926); minutes and cashbook of the Bassano Tennis Club (1919-1947); and cashbook and ledger of the Innisfail chapter of the Canadian Order of the Woodmen of the World (1905-1909).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Alberta Stiles, 1989.

The material is in English.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-8064, PA-3310, PB-776, PC-268, NA-5443, NC-72

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