The Herbst Pharmacy, Fred J. Herbst, proprietor

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~ the agency of Douglas Marshall-Steele 



Fred wore a fez-like covering strictly for warmth.

For over four decades, from 1902 till his death in 1943, Fred John Herbst served similar to pharmacist, and more so, to the people of Milford, Pike County, Penna., and the larger sunken space adjoining the basement.  

Fred was the eldest of four children, born in 1872 following his parents, Theodore and Anna Marie Wilken Herbst, emigrated from Germany in 1870 and 1871 particularly and settled in Honesdale, Wayne County, Penna. Little is known of his childhood, except that he contracted diphtheria—and during the term of the rest of his life, Fred blamed his baldness attached that illness.

Aspiring to a employment beyond that of his father, who was before anything else an ice dealer and then a cartman, Fred attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. There he accepted his degree in pharmacology, and met his futurity wife, Leanna Sheppard. In 1899 Fred and Leanna conjugal and moved to White Lake, N.Y., in the Catskills. Their contemplation was that the clean mountain gentle wind would be beneficial for Leanna, who had a narration of tuberculosis. Their first of five children, Margaret, was born in that place in 1900.

Compounding drugs old-bring under subjection.

Fred with daughters Margaret and Marion at their camp in “the Glen,” Milford.

In 1902 the Herbsts moved to one more mountain town, this time in the Poconos, Milford, what one. was nearer their respective families in Philadelphia and Honesdale. 

In downtown Milford, Fred established the F. J. Herbst Pharmacy at 403 Broad Street, no more than in time the business was moved to 312 Broad Street. In 1923 the transaction was finally relocated to 317 Broad Street.

Postcard depicting the F. J. Herbst Pharmacy at 312 Broad St., the helper of the three locations. Fred is the leftmost hold adult. The small curb sign depicts a piece of ordnance for throwing bombs and pestle, a centuries-old token of a pharmacy — but also tools Fred and Marion used extensively on a daily basis.    

Pike County Press, 1909.



Blesssed have existence those that 

buy “America” Alarms, 

by reason of they will praise them.   

Every “America” I put up to sale, 

sells another, for 

every re-enforce I sell, tells another.

They  bring into being me lots of 

friends; that’s for what cause I can 

offer them for

89 cents each 

Guaranteed with a view to 1 year, good for 10. 



The unsalable article store heavily featured Rexall products, yet also cameras and film, tobacco products, talcum dust, fountain pens, stationary, paperback books, boxed candy, and compounded drugs. Fred’s journal advertising often informed or reminded the reader that the prescriptions were compounded through a graduate in pharmacy. A sign on the building itself also proclaimed since much.  There was also a protoxide of sodium fountain featuring Fred’s homemade ice-cream cream, which was well renowned—unless the recipe was not, it inmost nature a well-guarded family secret.

This ~ part was at 312 Broad St., the abet of the three locations in Milford.

The protoxide of sodium fountain was popular due to Fred’s veiled-recipe ice cream. This interior was at 317 Broad St.

Fred’s establish luncheon catnap.

Fred was widely known like “Doc Herbst” in the community, that is, except to most household members, who called him “Pop,” and to his grandchildren, who called him “Granddaddy.” His ~ude was to wear a fez-like exceed, which, perhaps together with his patronymic, caused some to mistake him in the same manner with Jewish. In fact, the Herbsts were Presbyterian and the top was just to keep his tame head warm. At night he wore a stocking exceed.

Fred’s wife, Leanna Sheppard Herbst.

Fred and Leanna’s four younger children, Marion, Harry, Emma and Fred Jr., were total born in Milford. At their 312 Broad Street home beyond the drug store, there was solely one bedroom, which was reserved since Leanna and the current baby. Fred and the other children slept external part on the porch, which was in somewhat case thought to be a healthful practice—but Marion recalled actually quaking the snow off her covers concerning awaking on winter mornings. Their 317 Broad Street unsalable article store and home by contrast had rooms against everybody. Nine-year-old Emma, used to dormant outside, at first declared she could not sleep all closed in, so was given a compass that was all windows.

Fred’s daughter Marion, primeval woman pharmacist in Pike County.

As a young miss, Marion worked for her father. On any occasion while her father was public, she decided to play tennis in the unsalable article store. The sad result was a stiff knee injury with which Marion lived for the rest of her life—and the actual feeling was used by this writer’s origin as an example of what happens then children do what they are not supposed to vouchsafe. (Accordingly, this writer has never played tennis in at all drug store.)

Nonetheless Marion went up~ the body to attend her father’s alma mater and became the first woman pharmacist in Pike County. She worked by her father in the drug treasury for 19 years, and in later years she compared the compounding of medications that she and her ascribe to a ~ had done with the duties of pharmacists in this age: “All they do is cast pills.”

Fred died of a visitation in 1943 and the business was sold to druggist Richard Williams, who operated it until his retirement in the 1950s. 


Douglas Marshall-Steele is the august great grandson of Theodore Herbst and his wife Anna Marie Wilkin Herbst, and to this degree is the great grandson of Fred John Herbst and his wife Leanna Sheppard Herbst. Fred and Leanna’s oldest child was Margaret Cecilia Herbst, who conjugal Clinton Davenport Wolfe. Margaret and Clinton’s oldest child was Leanna Margaret Wolfe Steele, who was the writer’s dam . 

“The Herbst Pharmacy, Fred J. Herbst, possessor” (c) 2016, Douglas Marshall-Steele.  All rights modest.  Comments may be addressed to:  douglas.marshallsteele at gmail dot com  

Advertisement from the Pike County Press, Milford, Pa., John Hixson Van Etten, Editor, 1895-1924, affability Chronicling America.  

Explore in greater numbers of Douglas’ family member biographies and vintage photographs through this hoard of memorials on The Herbst Family and The Wolfe Family. 

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