The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 66
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other items listed were three bottles of champagne bought on
May 18, 1857, at a cost of $1.88. On November 16, 1857, the
purchase of three bottles of Granada Wine was recorded at a
cost of $13.25. On July 5, 1858, $2.00oo was paid to the Schumach-
er Advertising Company for advertising circulars. And on March
26, 1857, records showed that sundries were bought from Hart
and Company at a cost of $9.60.
Hermes apparently did not list his drugs item by item, but
mostly lumped them together as sundries or merchandise. The
records do show, however, that on May 7, 1860, he wholesaled
to Wilkes and Gardner, druggists at Chappell Hill, a small com-
munity near Brenham. They also list medicines turned over to
A. Frede as i and 1 1/12 dozen fever and ague pills at a cost
of $17.25, and 2 and 8/12 dozen antibilious pills at a cost of
$8.oo; his commission was $1.75. Also during that time Dr.
Hermes bought from Dr. Tayne and Son some hair tonic and
vermifuge pills. Two gross of vials and two pounds of licorice
roots and sarsaparilla were bought from Hay and McGowan
and Company at a cost of $.25. In addition, Hermes took sub-
scriptions for the New Orleans, New York, and Galveston news-
papers on a commission basis.
Because there were no, banks at that time in La Grange,
Hermes sent gold and silver by registered mail to the various
companies in payment for the drugs and other items sold in
his drug store. Most of the companies he dealt with would ship
drugs to him on a consignment basis, in which he listed the drugs
on hand at the beginning and the close of each year and received
a commission for handling them. To further education in the
rural community, in 186o, Hermes bought calendars and ele-
mentary spellers from Charles Beck Company of New Orleans.
There were no public schools in La Grange at that time. Stu-
dents of private schools and anyone else desiring to study pur-
chased their books and other school supplies from Hermes Drug
Store. An elementary speller sold for $ .75 and McGowan's
First Grade Reader sold for $i.oo. On April 27, 1861, a barrel
of flour was purchased for $12.00, of which $4.00 was a deposit
on the barrel.
On September 26, 1865, Dr. Hermes took in a partner, Dr.
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