1929- Johnson Pharmacy Comes to Smethport
photo credit: Elenor Pierotti Collection
Johnson Pharmacy Experience Has Satisfied
McKean County Democrat February 19, 1943
The assurance that he is being attended
by a professional medical practitioner and that the required prescriptions
are compounded by dependable pharmacist is one of the finest healing
medications known the sick and ailing. With such a combination the
patient is given the proper mental attitude .
for dependable service throughout the Smethport trading area, the
Johnson Pharmacy has been serving the prescriptions needs of many
of the residents of this vicinity for the past 14 years. Compounded
by registered pharmacists all prescriptions brought to this drug store
are filled to the exact specifications ordered by the family physician.
Abiding by the highest standards of the profession this Main Street
drug store has been amply rewarded for this practice by the large
amount of repeat business that has been conducted. There is no better
advertisement than a satisfied customer and Johnson’s have thousands.
Owned by Leonard B. Johnson the pharmacy was purchased by its present
proprietor from the late Harry Wells one of the pioneer druggists
in this section, in 1932 schooled in the latest merchandising methods
because of the many years of previous service in the employee of many
of the largest chain drug stores in the United States, Mr. Johnson
immediately set bout to modernize his store after purchasing the enterprise.
Today, the Johnson Pharmacy presents a most attractive appearance,
comparable to that seen in the modern drugstores of the larger cities.
The latest in well illuminated display cases presents the large stock
of prepared and packaged merchandise stocked in the proper perspective.
It ah's been a standing policy of the management to offer for sale
only those drugs and medicines compound by manufacturing pharmacists
whose reputation in the trade is unquestioned, and whose many years
of satisfactory performance guarantee the quality of their present
The owner, a native of Smethport, graduated from the local high school
in 1923, after which he matriculated at the school of pharmacy at
the University of Buffalo, receiving his diploma in 1925. Mr. Johnson
later took graduate work in his chosen profession at New York and
Columbia University. It was at these schools were he took special
courses in business administration, providing him with a firm background
in business management.
After completing his schooling in 1927 Leonard Johnson was employed
by such nationally known chain drug concerns as Harvey, and Carey
Liggetts , and Walgreen’s. This experience with his local background
provided Mr. Johnson with the foundation that latter developed the
Johnson Pharmacy into the modern and reliable drug store that it is
Since returning to Smethport Leonard Johnson has proven to one of
the prime movers in the local Rotary Club. He has been the “Father”
of many of the more worthwhile civic projects sponsored by that organization.
He is also in charge of the gala Pennsylvania Week which is now in
progress here in Smethport.
Never losing sight of his profession Mr. Johnson by hard work has
been rewarded by the Pennsylvania Pharmaceutical Association with
many high offices within that organization. A member of the body’s
executive committee. Leonard Johnson was among those who speeded action
towards the purchase of the organizations headquarters building in
To the layman this state body perhaps means little but to the qualified
professional it represents one of the few major non-governmental agencies
that is ever alert to the shady activities of the quack dispenser
of drugs and medicines. The high practicing standards existing in
the profession today are due in no little measure to the activates
of the Pennsylvania Pharmaceutical Association of which Mr. Johnson
is a vital cog.