Ott Drug Store’s 80th year in Deer River

by Louise H. McGregor, staff writer

Fred Ott thought that this photo of the Ott Pharmacy in Deer River was taken sometime in the early 1940s. “I think it was soon after the new highway had been put in,” said Ott.

On August 20, 2017 the Ott Drug Store in Deer River marked its 80th year of business with three generations of the family serving the area residents pharmaceutical needs.

The following is the article (in Italics) that appeared in the Thursday August 26, 1937 edition of The Deer River News, which is what the WIR was known as then.



William F. Ott, who has owned and operated the City Drug store in Nashwauk for the past ten years, last Friday (Aug. 20, 1937) became the owner of the former Ollermann drug store here (in Deer River) and took charge of his new purchase.

Mr. Ott has been in business in Nashwauk for the past 16 years. For a while he was postmaster there. He was prominent in lodge and business circles of the mining village, and is known as a good booster. Deer River welcomes him and hopes he will find his new business venture profitable.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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