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Collection Number: 04541

Collection Title: John W. Markham Drug Company Records, 1912-1917

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 110 items)
Abstract Letters, 1913-1916; an account book, 1912-1917; and bills and receipts, 1916-1917; all relating to the John Markham Drug Company of Carrboro, N.C., and to Sallie Thelma Markham Hemphill and Clyde Hoke Hemphill, the daughter and son-in-law of the drugstore owner, John W. Markham. The letters discuss the unhappiness of Hemphill, a physician, and his wife. The account book and bills and receipts show purchases and expenditures of the drugstore and its clientele.
Creator John W. Markham Drug Company (Carrboro, N.C.)
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the John W. Markham Drug Company Records #4541, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Henry Lister of Chapel Hill, N.C., in December 1989.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The John W. Markham Drug Store was located in Carrboro, North Carolina. Materials in this collection show that the drugstore flourished in the middle and late 1910s. A few pieces of blank stationery, dating from the 1890s, identify John W. Markham as a "General Commission Merchant and Wholesale and Retail Dealer in Heavy and Fancy Groceries" in Durham, North Carolina; these papers offer little other information about John W. Markham outside of his ownership of the drugstore, or about his wife, author of most of the letters in this collection.

A bit more information is available about the Markham's daughter, Sallie Thelma Markham Hemphill. She married Clyde Hoke Hemphill (1891-1959) on 2 September 1915. An undated letter in this collection hints that the marriage was not altogether happy. Hemphill, originally from Marion, North Carolina, was a 1911 graduate of the University of North Carolina. He attended medical school at the University of Maryland, graduating in 1913. Hemphill was a general practitioner in Chapel Hill for 14 years, perhaps starting around 1917. During World War II, he served as medical supervisor in charge of first aid stations at the atomic bomb facility in Hanford, Washington. At some point, he married Helen Chubbuck, a nurse from Idaho who had received her training in Salt Lake City. Hemphill and his second wife established a practice in Black Mountain, North Carolina. They apparently spent the months of May through October each year ministering to the holiday crowds in the resort town of Highlands, North Carolina. Hemphill retired in Black Mountain in 1958 and died there in 1959. There is no record of what became of the first Mrs. Hemphill.

(Sources for this note include items in the Newspaper Clipping File in the North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.)

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Letters, 1913-1916; an account book, 1912-1917; and bills and receipts, 1916-1917; all relating to the John Markham Drug Company of Carrboro, N.C., and to Sallie Thelma Markham Hemphill and Clyde Hoke Hemphill, the daughter and son-in-law of the drugstore owner, John W. Markham. The letters discuss the unhappiness of Hemphill, a physician, and his wife. The account book and bills and receipts show purchases and expenditures of the drugstore and its clientele.

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Contents list

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6 items.

Letter of 15 November 1913 is from a friend in Baltimore, Maryland, to Clyde Hoke Hemphill about Hemphill's unhappiness with his situation. It is not clear whether Hemphill's professional or personal life is under discussion. Letters of 9 and 18 April 1916, 3 May 1916, and a letter fragment are to Sallie Thelma Markham Hemphill in Forest City, North Carolina(?), from her mother in Carrboro. These letters discuss the Hemphill's planned return to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area. An undated letter is from Sallie to her father. In it, Sallie lamented her husband's unhappiness, possible financial difficulties, and apparent mistrust of his wife.

Folder 1

Correspondence, 1913-1916 and undated #04541, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1913-1916 and undated." Folder 1

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circa 100 items.

Account book containing records of the accounts of patrons of the John W. Markham Drug Company (circa 120 pages). Bills and receipts for goods purchased by the John W. Markham Drug Company from the Durham Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, the National Biscuit Company, and other manufacturers and distributors of candy, soft drinks, and drugs. Also included are a few deposit receipts from the drugstore's account with the Bank of Chapel Hill.

Folder 2

Account book, 1912-1917 #04541, Series: "2. Financial materials, 1912-1917." Folder 2

Folder 3-4

Folder 3

Folder 4

Bills and receipts 1916 #04541, Series: "2. Financial materials, 1912-1917." Folder 3-4

Folder 5-6

Folder 5

Folder 6

Bills and receipts 1917 #04541, Series: "2. Financial materials, 1912-1917." Folder 5-6

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1 item.

Blank stationery, dating from the 1890s, identifying John W. Markham as a "General Commission Merchant and Wholesale and Retail Dealer in Heavy and Fancy Groceries" in Durham, North Carolina.

Folder 7

Other papers, 1890s #04541, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1890s." Folder 7

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, January 1990

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Many items, particularly the 1916 bills and receipts, are in poor physical condition and require extremely careful handling.

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