Solano County Genealogical Society
Account Book for Topley's Pioneer Drug Store
1891-1897


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Topley's Drug Store

Topley's Drug Store in Vallejo grew out of the employment of James Topley to early Vallejo Druggist W.W. Chapman. In the 1860 census, he was living with, and listed as clerk for WW. Chapman, druggist. Two years after his employment, James Topley succeeded his employer. He also married Anna Igell in October 1861. The James Topley Pioneer Drug Store was located at 168 Georgia Street in 1871-72, and at 166 Georgia Street in 1884-85. His sons James Henry Topley and William Henry Topley both joined in the business as graduates of the Pharmaceutical Department of the State University. In the 1890 Great Register of Voters for Solano County, James Senior was listed as Apothecary, while James Henry and William Henry are listed as Pharmacists.

A large, leather bound journal donated to our Genealogy Library was indexed by Ruth Setterquist. This record of accounts, kept meticulously, include the names of his customers, some with personal notes to help identify the customer, and their purchases for the time period 1891-1897. Besides the regular customers, the accounts include Mare Island Naval Hospital and Dispensary, and names of the ships stationed at Mare Island. Examining these accounts lets one go back in time and see how our ancestors live in the 1890's. The accounts listed in detail the items purchased at the store which included interesting products such as Castoira, Quinine Pills, Camphor, Epsom Salts, Castor Oil, Flaxseed, Horlicks Food, and Squirrel Poison, etc.

Following is the list of names appearing in the journal. The Solano County Genealogical Research Department can be contacted and will extract data for you.