E.W. GROVE'S COLD TABLETS
COLD TABLETS ~ PART OF THE LEGACY
I RECALL MY MOTHER TELLING ME E.W. GROVE COOKED UP
SOME OF HIS CONCOCTIONS IN A COUPLE OF BLACK IRON WASH KETTLES IN HIS BACK
YARD. SHE SAID IF YOU WERE DOWN WIND OF THE WASH KETTLES THE ODOR WAS UNBEARABLE. I
REMEMBER HER SAYING THE LOCATION WAS POPLAR STREET. THIS WOULD HAVE HAD TO BE RELATED TO
HER BY THE 'OLD TIMERS' BECAUSE SHE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER E.W. GROVE
WAS IN PARIS.
GROVE'S EARLY SUCCESS'S WERE 'GROVE'S CHILL TONIC' AND HIS 'BROMO QUININE COLD TABLETS.' AS THE COMMENTS ON THE BOX INDICATE, THE COLD TABLETS SHOWN, WERE A DERIVATIVE OF HIS 'BROMO QUININE TABLETS.'
Source of The Cold Tablets: Jim Paschall, sister Peggy's brother-in-law. Jim and wife Betty live in Puryear (I'm sad to say Jim passed away this year.) Maybe some of you remember the little panel trucks used to distribute snacks and a variety of other items in the 40's and 50's. As I recall the trucks all had Gordon Potato Chips painted on the side panels. Several years ago Jim heard when the last route owner had passed away, his widow shut down the routes. These 5 or 6 trucks had been parked in a building with all the merchandize still inside. Jim found and bought 2 of the trucks, with restoration in mind. Needless to say, the mice had taken care of the food. In tack and in good condition, however, were the cold tablets, pencils, marbles and other novelties. Knowing my association with Paris and Grove School, Jim gave me the box of cold tablets.
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