Pollards Store’s teenage pharmacist with the Cavendish Historical Society

Pollard's Store in Proctorsville. Photo provided
Pollard’s Store in Proctorsville. Photo provided

CAVENDISH, Vt. – On Sunday, Aug. 15 at 2 p.m., Dan Churchill will be speaking at the Cavendish Historical Society Museum, 1958 Main Street in Cavendish, about his experience being a teenage pharmacist at Pollard’s store.

The Pollard general store operated in Proctorsville for approximately 100 years selling a wide variety of products, including window shades, glazed windows, tobacco, sugar, medicines, footwear, shawls, rope, carpets, petroleum products, and food products. Serving both humans and animals, Pollards provided a “compounding” pharmacy service, which made customized medications.

Dan Churchill, the owner of Commercial Radio, wanted to be a pharmacist as a kid. Around the age of 12 or 13, he started hanging out at Pollard’s Store, and it wasn’t long before he was employed in the pharmacy department. The longer Dan worked for Park Pollard, the more he turned over the day-to-day operations to him.

The same year Dan headed off to college, in 1955, Park Pollard died and with him the pharmacy service. While Park was able to become a pharmacist under the apprentice system, by 1948 the American Council on Education declared that the pharmacy degree should be a six-year program. Without the funds for such an education, Dan had to opt for “plan B” and went into electrical engineering.

However, Dan never lost his interest in pharmacy and, when given the opportunity by the Pollard family, he took part of the store’s apothecary section along with the books of prescriptions.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, email margocaulfield@icloud.com or call 802-226-7807.

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