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Grover Cleveland Jaehning, Morton Pharmacist 1908-1958

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Dr. Fletcher Penhall in front of the City Drug Store owned by Grover Jaehning in Morton, Minnesota. This building is currently the River Valley Art Center building on the corner at the four-way stop. The children are unidentified. The photograph is copy and very pixilated when scanned. There isn’t a year on the image.

Grover Cleveland Jaehning was the first subject Reverand Leroy Lothert wrote about in the “Profiles of the Past” published in the Morton Reminder. Rev. Lothert’s book, “Profiles of the Past”, a collection of his articles is available on the online gift store or at the Museum.

Grover C. Jaehning came to Morton in November 1908 at the age of 23 and purchased the Morton Drug Store from Charles Orth. The store featured the latest in gas lighting, and all popular brands of cigars. In the Morton Enterprise on July 20, 1917 it states Jaehning bought the stock of drugs from H.H. Logan who at the time owned the Red Cross Pharmancy. He started his pharmacy career in Sleepy Eye where he met his wife, Louise Ott. They were married June 15, 1910. They had three children: Julia (Charles) Lothrup; Richard George and Ruth Nurmi.

Grover sold his business in 1951 when he retired but when the business was changing hands again in November 1958 he got behind the counter again. The business when to Al Tourville in December 1958.

Grover & Louise lived out their lives in Morton, Minnesota except after retirement they would winter on the west coast. Louise passed away March 5, 1978 and Grover on October 13, 1986. Both services were held at the Morton Methodist Church and burial at the Redwood Falls Cemetery. Grove’s brother, Alfred H. and George Jaehning was a hardware dealers in Redwood Falls. There was an article published in the Redwood Gazette on March 5, 1959 by Perry Galvin with an interview with Grover about the changes in the pharmacy world over his years. Stop by the Museum to learn more!

Grover Cleveland Jaehning in his retirement years.
Grover Cleveland Jaehning at the 1984 Morton Centennial Celebration!