D. R. DRAKE & J. A. DRAKE: SOLE PROPRIETOR: LA GRANGE, INDIANA & FT. WAYNE, INDIANA: THE IMPERIAL BLOOD & LIVER TONIC: THE KING OF ALL TONICS & THERE OTHER MEDICINE BOTTLES
The trade mark for this product was registered in 1885. Here are photos of this bottle. It is embossed THE IMPERIAL / BLOOD & LIVER TONIC / THE KING / OF ALL TONICS // DR. R. DRAKE / SOLE PROPRIETOR / LA GRANGE, IND. This bottle is rectangular with rounded side panels, applied ltc top and is 8 3/4 inches tall. The color is a medium to deep amber.
Below is a DR. R. Drake / OF LaGRANGE, IND. // THE LADIES FRIEND / PREPARED ONLY BY. Nine inch square in shape and amber in color. This bottle belonging to Dennis Easterday.
The bottle below is embossed FROM D. R. DRAKE'S / LABORATORYS / LA GRANGE, IND.
There is very little about Dr. R. Drake from La Grange, Indiana. There is a listing in the 1904 Vol. 31 page 188 of The Parmaceutical Ear. It lists a Dr J. A. Drake Ft. Wayne. Ind. and Dr R. Drake La Grange, Ind.
Reason R. Drake was born at West MillgroveWood County Ohio. on Sep. 17, 1838. He is listed in the 1880 United States Federal Census living in Bloomfield, LaGrange, Indiana. His wife's name was Salina Ann Slone Drake. He would pass away on Jul. 31, 1903 Lagrange County Indiana.
Below is his grave marker stone.
The interesting thing that I could not find out was if he was a doctor. There is nothing that I could find saying he was a college educated doctor. The bottle says Dr R. Drake.
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D. R. Drake was the son of Joseph Fulton Drake who was a very well known Attoney of Law from LaGrange, Indiana.
D. R. Drake lived ½ mile north of Valentine, Indiana which is near the town of La Grange, Indiana.
There is a post card from 1909 of the Cornschool Fair which was held on Main Street in La Grange, Indiana. The card reads Deamor R. Drake Laboratory La Grange, Indiana. The interesting thing about this card is that D. R. Drake died in 1903.
Reason had a younger brother named Joseph Arimathea. He was born in 1845.
He also had bottles embossed with Dr. but no reference of being a college educated doctor. There is information saying that J. A. Drake work for a Dr. Chance Having received considerable experience in this business, he commenced studying, and by diligent sutdy he was enabled to invent several first-class remedies; some of his leading remedies are, "The World's Benefactor", the "Blood and Liver Tonic", "Drake's Ague Drops".
Here is a little about Dr. Joseph A. Drake. Source: "1882 History LaGrange County, Indiana" by F.A.Battey & Co.., - Johnson Township
"JOSEPH A. DRAKE was born in Wood County, Ohio, September 4, 1845, and reared on a farm. His father, Joseph Drake, was a native of Pennsylvania, as was also his mother, Mary (Sweny) Drake. They moved to Wood County at a very early period, and Mr. Drake was one of those who assisted in the construction of the old Ohio Canal. He was a class-leader in the Methodist Church over twenty-nine years. His wife died in 1847, and he in 1862. May 2, 1864, our subject enlisted in Company E, One Hundred and Forty-fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged in August the same year. He went to Indianapolis in November, 1864, in the employ of the Government, and remained there about two years; from there he went to Fosteria, Ohio, and commenced retailing medicine for Dr. Chance. Having received considerable experience in this business, he commenced studying, and by diligent study he was enabled to invent several first-class remedies; some of his leading remedies are, "The World's Benefactor", the "Blood and Liver Tonic", "Drake's Ague Drops", etc. The real value of these medicines is undoubted. Mr. Drake was married August 22, 1867, to Miss Severnia E. Turner, who was born in Ohio April 15, 1848. This lady moved to Seneca County, Ohio, with her parents, when four years old, and from there to Hancock County. At the time of her marriage with Mr. Drake, she was one of the leading milliners of Fostoria. By their union have been born two daughters - Mary A. and Emma E. Mr. Drake is a Republican and a member of the Knights of Honor of La Grange. Both are members of the Medthodist Church of Valentive, near which village they reside on their farm".
There is a listing in the 1890 cenus for Joseph Drake from Johnson Township LaGrange, Ind.
Below are photos of J. A. Drake & his wife.
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In the Meyer Brothers Druggist Vol. 28 from 1905 and maybe earlier lists L. J. Baldwin as the proprietor of the J. A. Drake Manufacture of Patent Medicines & Extracts. Ft Wayne, Ind. 48 Carson Ave. Tel-1462.
In the Druggist Circular Vol. 66 1907 is listed that L. J. Baldwin as the Successor of the J. A. Drake Manufacture of Patent Medicines & Extracts.
Also listed in the 1922 R. L. Polk & Co. Vol.29 lists an address of 716 Barr Street Ft. Wayne, Ind.
There are several Variants of small aqua in color rectangular bottles embossed DR. J. A. DRAKE LABORATORY FORT WAYNE, IND 6 inches tall and a DR. J. A. DRAKE LABORATORY LA GRANGE, IND. 6 3/4 inches tall. The bottles below are all from La Grange, Ind. He also has some with the town Fort Wayne. Ind.
Below is a label only bottle from LaGrange, Ind.
J. A. Drake also had bottles embossed (bottle one) FLAVORING EXTRECT/ FROM / DR. J. A. DRAKE / BOTANIC / LABORATORY / LA, GRANGE, IND.
Bottle two J. A. Drake also had bottles embossed (bottle one) FLAVORING EXTRECT/ FROM / DR. J. A. DRAKE / BOTANIC / LABORATORY / FORT WAYNE, IND.
1882 History LaGrange County, Indiana" by F.A.Battey & Co.., - Johnson Township.
1904 Vol. 31 page 188 of The Parmaceutical Ear.
American Medicine Bottles by Mattew Knapp.
Frank & Frank Jr. (Wicker) Bottle Collecton.