One of many
in the early
Foress Ball Lillie was among the thousands who arrived by train in Guthrie on April 22, 1889,
when the Unassigned Lands were opened for settlement by President Benjamin Harrison.
Lillie opened a series of drugstores in various locations in The First Capital. The last Lillie
Drug location was at 206 West Oklahoma, which is to this day an active pharmacy, now
known as Daniels Drug.
F.B. Lillie provided the townspeople with prescriptions but he also carried a large selection
of paints and wallpapers, postage stamps, toys, toiletries, books, bibles and stationeries.
He was politically active, assuming a position on the city council and, he chaired the
committee to fund the building of Guthrie's Carnegie Library. He established the Guthrie
Board of Health and was President of the National Association of Retail Druggists.
F.B. Lillie wrote the Oklahoma Pharmacy Law and when Oklahoma became a state, he was
to receive the first state license issued by The State Board of Pharmacy. Throughout his life,
Lillie was active in promoting high educational standards for pharmacists.
His contributions to Guthrie, to the State of Oklahoma and to the pharmacist's profession
are without equal.
As a businessman and pharmacy professional in the frontier, F.B. Lillie is the standard.
Guthrie and The OK Frontier Drugstore Museum are proud to honor his contributions.
A Brief History of F.B. Lillie
Frontier Pharmacist and Businessman
|Mark Ekiss, D. Ph.
1921 - 2012
|214 W. OKLAHOMA AVE.
Mark Ekiss represented the heart and
soul of the Oklahoma Frontier Drugstore
Museum. Along with his colleagues
from the Oklahoma Heritage Pharmacy
Foundation, his leadership and unwavering
determination to create the Museum
led to it's opening in 1992 and to the birth
of the Apothecary Garden in 2006. With many others
like the late Ralph Enix, who contributed time, energy
and inspiration, Mark stood alone in his devotion
to the everyday guardianship of the Museum.
It was Mark Ekiss who, after a distinguished career
in service to his country and as a Pharmacist took
on the task of Curator and Museum Director.
His accolades are many and his
awards are numerous. Devotion
to family, friends and church.
That's who he was. He was known
for public service and for love of
his beloved Guthrie. But nothing
shines brighter than his smile,
welcoming visitors to the Museum,
and his delight, sharing a
lifetime of knowledge.
For all these things
Mark will be remembered.
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