Medicine paid for with chickens, bread, butter

From our October 2012 issue

By Audrey (Graham) Dorwart – Indian Head, Sask.

My father, Joseph Benjamin Graham, bought the drugstore in Eyebrow, Sask. around 1920. A mural of ‘Old Main Street in Eyebrow” appeared in the June 2012 issue of The Senior Paper.

Father married my mother, Elsie Compton, in 1923. She worked in the Royal Bank at that time. Beside the drugstore was ‘McDonough Livery & Feed Store’ but it had been moved and replaced by ‘Challis Grocery Store’.

My brother Terry, sister Glenna, and myself were all born in Eyebrow. I remember playing hopscotch with Phyllis Challis and Mary Mazur in front of the Challis store. I didn’t work in the drugstore, but I spent a lot of time there reading the comic books.

During the Dirty ‘30s we hardly had any rain. Farmers had no crops and some couldn’t pay for their medicine, so they brought dad homemade bread, buns, butter, chickens, eggs, and milk. We really appreciated the food.

We received apples, cod fish, and round cheese by train from Ontario. We loved that.

During the Depression the doctor left Eyebrow, so we moved to Pangman in 1935 and dad bought the drugstore there.