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Welfare Drugstore on Main Street in Salem

Welfare Drugstore on Main Street in Salem

This view of Main Street in Salem just north of the intersection with Academy Street captures Welfare Drugstore and the Miksch House, seen here with two second-story gables attached to the drugstore. The Miksch House was built in 1771 by Johann Matthaeus Miksch and was the home for he and his wife, Maria Christina Henrietta Petermann. The couple was granted permission by the Moravian Church to open a small shop in their house that sold candles, tobacco, and other products. The Miksch House was restored in 1960 and today is an exhibit building for Old Salem Museums & Gardens.

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  1. Welfare’s Drug store was owned and operated by my grandfather, Samuel Welfare who was a Pharmacist. My father delivered prescriptions for him. The Tobacco Shop now sits where the drugstore used to be.

  2. I would like to print photo and will pay the required fees.
    Thanks so much

  3. This was my great uncle’s store. Elizabeth Bagby Robinette
    My grandmother was Sam Welfare’s sister.

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