Kerr Drugstore Records (Messick Records)

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Title: Kerr Drugstore Records (Messick Records)

Dates: 1886-1972 (Bulk: 1930-1972)

Creator: Kerr Drugstore

Summary/Abstract: These records are a collection of large bound record books of the drugstore located on the Murfreesboro City Square, originally named Kerr Drugstore for owner B.B. Kerr and later Messick Family Drugstore for owners Jesse and Martha Messick.

Quantity/Physical Description: Approximately 30 linear feet

Language(s): English

Repository: Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, (615) 898-2632

Restrictions on Access: None

Copyright: It is presumed that corporate and individual copyrights in manuscripts, photographs, and other materials have been retained by the copyright owners. Copyright restrictions apply. Users of materials should seek necessary permissions from the copyright holders to comply with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation: (Box Number, Folder Number), Kerr Drugstore Records (Messick Records), Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Acquisition: Martha Messick, February 1, 1997

Processed By: Original Processor undetermined

Arrangement: These records begin with one .25 foot archival box containing one folder with the 1886 invoice inside. From there, the records consist of large bound record books, both loose on the shelf and contained within oversize flat archival boxes. The record books are arranged chronologically, with books from single years 1932 – 1972 first. Next appears an undated book of pharmacy remedies. Finally, a series of record books spanning two years each (dates 1930 – 1970) and two undated books, a check book and inventory book, complete the records.

Biographical Note: Martha and Jesse Messick owned Messick Family Drugstore on the Murfreesboro Square. Prior to the Messicks’ ownership, the drug store was operated as Kerr Drugstore, named for Colonel B.B. Kerr, the owner who filed for bankruptcy in 1930. In 1962, Jesse Messick returned to work at Kerr Drugstore as a pharmacist after having previously worked there as a soda jerk in his teenage years. When the owner died, Messick bought the business and named it Messick Family Drugstore. In 1984, the Messicks opened Messick Home Care, a medical equipment supply company, in the back of the store. Jesse Messick died in 1988 on the same day ground was broke for the Messick Home Care building. In 1997, Martha Messick and her family were forced to sell Messick Family Drugstore and Messick Home Care due to rising costs and hardships associated with managed healthcare and insurance companies. The drugstore was sold to the Revco Drugs chain and the home care business was sold to Housecall Medical Resource.

Scope and Content: These are the early twentieth-century records from the basement of the last drugstore to operate on the Murfreesboro Courthouse square. The collection consists of ledgers, day books, inventory listings, and drug directories dating primarily from 1930 to 1972. The records also contain an invoice book from 1886 and an undated book of typed and hand-written pharmacy remedies.

Associated Materials: There are no known associated materials.

Related Collections: There are no known related collections.

Subject Terms

Persons
Kerr, B.B.
Messick, Jesse
Messick, Martha

Places
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Subjects (General)
Drugstores; Pharmacies
Local Businesses
Public Squares
Downtown Commerce

Material Types
Invoice Books
Day Books
Inventories
Tax Books
Reference Books
Ledger Books
Check Book

Collection Inventory:

Box

Folder

Description of Contents

1

1

1886 Invoice Book

 

 

1932 K & M Invoice December 27

 

 

1933 Day Book June 30 to December 30

 

 

1934 Accounts Payable

 

 

1934 Day Book January 1 to January 29

 

 

1934 Day Book June 30 to December 24

 

 

1934 Inventory

 

 

1935 Day Book September 30 to February 15

 

 

1935 Day Book May 20 to September 28

 

 

1936 Accounts Payable

 

 

1936 Accounts Receivable February 1 to December 30

 

 

1936 Day Book June 19 to November 5

 

 

1936 Day Book February 17 to June 18

 

 

1937 Accounts Payable

 

 

1937 Accounts Receivable January 1 to December 30

 

 

1937 Day Book July 21 to December 13

 

 

1937 Day Book March 25 to July 21

 

 

1938 Accounts Payable

 

 

1938 Accounts Receivable January 1 to December 30

 

 

1938 Day Book August 17 to December 26

 

 

1939 Accounts Payable

 

 

1939 Accounts Receivable January 2 to December 30

 

 

1939 Day Book May 4 to October 18

 

 

1939 Inventory/Order Book February 20

 

 

1940 Accounts Receivable January 1 to December 17

 

 

1941 Accounts Receivable January 1 to December 30

 

 

1941 Day Book September 1 to December 24

 

 

1941 Day Book February 5 to March 13

 

 

1942 Accounts Receivable July 4 to June 30

 

 

1942 Day Book April 27 to August 20

 

 

1942 Day Book August 21 to December 23

 

 

1942 Tax Book

 

 

1943 Day Book May 19 to October 21

 

 

1943 Tax Book

 

 

1944 Day Book April 4 to September 17

 

 

1944 Purchases

 

 

1945 Accounts Payable

 

 

1945 Day Book March 8 to September 5

 

 

1947 Day Book January 10 to June 7

 

 

1948 Day Book July 30 to December 2

 

 

1948 Day Book March 9 to July 29

 

 

1952 Day Book April 5 to July 18

 

 

1961 Drug Directory/Reference

 

 

1965 Accounts Receivable July 9 to September 24

 

 

1966 Drug Directory/Reference

 

 

1968 Accounts Receivable January 5 to May 31

 

 

1968 Accounts Receivable May 31 to ??

 

 

1968 Day Book July 20

 

 

1968 Day Book September 8 to October 25

 

 

1968 Day Book

 

 

1968 Drug Directory/Reference

 

 

1969 Accounts Receivable February 1 to July 16

 

 

1969 Accounts Receivable July 16 to September 4

 

 

1970 Accounts Receivable April 13 to ??

 

 

1971 Accounts Receivable September 29 to ??

 

 

1972 Accounts Receivable June 10 to ??

 

 

? pharmacy remedies

 

 

1930-1931 Accounts Receivable

 

 

1932-1933 Day Book June 13 to June 29

 

 

1933-1934 Accounts Receivable

 

 

1934-1935 Accounts Receivable January 1 to January 31

 

 

1934-1935 Accounts Receivable February 1 to January 31

 

 

1934-1935 Day Book December 25 to May 18

 

 

1936-1937 Day Book November 6 to March 25

 

 

1937-1938 Day Book December 14 to April 9

 

 

1938-1939 Day Book December 27 to May 3

 

 

1940-1941 Accounts Payable January 1 to March 1

 

 

1940-1941 Day Book October 17 to February 4

 

 

1941-1942 Day Book December 24 to April 25

 

 

1941-1942 Day Book December 24 to April 25

 

 

1942-1943 Accounts Receivable January 1 to January 11

 

 

1943-1944 Day Book May to November 1

 

 

1944-1945 Day Book September 16 to March 7

 

 

1945-1946 Day Book September 6 to February 25

 

 

1946-1947 Day Book August 9 to January 9

 

 

1968-1969 Day Book December 16 to February 1

 

 

1969-1970 Accounts Receivable October 27 to unknown

 

 

Unknown Check Book

 

 

Unknown Inventory/Order Book