Frontier Diary |

Frontier Diary

Willa SoncartyRegistrar, Frontier Historical Society and Museum
Photo Courtesy Frontier Historical SocietyEmployees pose in front of Ewings City Drug Store at 731 Grand Ave., ca. 1910. Fred C. Ewing was a prominent Glenwood Springs businessman, who relocated to Los Angeles after retirement in 1911 to establish a drug store there.

Fred C. Ewing was a druggist by profession. He came to Glenwood Springs in the late 1880s, and by 1888 had established his business, Ewing’s City Drug Store, in a wood-framed building at 801 Grand Ave. (the site of today’s Citizens National Bank building). Upon his arrival, Ewing became immersed in Glenwood’s political and social scene. In 1890, he was elected to the Glenwood Springs City Council. He was a Masonic member. And above all, the fun loving Ewing was an athlete. He was member of the late 1890s Glenwood Mercury Flyers, a bicycle club made up of some of Glenwood Springs most prominent businessmen. An innovator and shrewd businessman, Ewing used the technology of the bicycle to make a novel attraction for his drug store. By modifying the bicycle, and attaching an ice cream freezer, Ewing’s now stationary bicycle cranked out gallons of consistently smooth ice cream in half the time of hand cranking. All the operator had to do was “sit on the bicycle and pedal away as if he were going down Grand Avenue.”Punch was another innovation at Ewing’s City Drug Store. A stray cat that had made the drug store his own, Punch had an uncanny knack for greeting people on the street, luring them into the store and further amusing patrons with his antics on the store’s counter. Punch probably produced more business than any advertising dollar could buy.In 1902 Ewing took another druggist as partner, Charles D. Barnes, creating the firm of Ewing and Barnes. The following year, the drug store made a short move to 731 Grand Ave. It is at that time Fred Ewing, now in his early 40s, announced his retirement. The retirement, however, was short-lived. Ewing re-entered the pharmacy business and retired once again in 1911.Ewing, his wife, Emily Cardnell Ewing, and children, Fred and Francis, moved to Los Angeles. He established another drug store, which he operated in the 1920s.”Frontier Diary” is provided to the Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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