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Harsh Druggist: 1940

Harsh Druggist: 1940

November 1940. "Drug store in Seneca, Kansas." In need of a mild laxative? Something to soothe that upset tummy? Sorry, no can do. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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The History of The Building (Per Current Tenant of Location)

The Seneca Dental Clinic is housed in one of Seneca’s historic buildings on Main Street. On February 1, 1901, Harsh Drug Store was founded by D.B. Harsh. During the 1950’s steel strike, the original building was torn down and the current structure was built. In 2006, Harsh Drug closed and the Seneca Dental Clinic expanded into its current 2400 square foot location.

I Visited a Dentist Named Hertz

Honestly! It was 35 years ago so he is probably retired and does not appear on the internet. But a GOOGLE search shows there are many in different cities including Doctors Peter, Paul and Amy Hertz.

In the words of James Taranto

"It's the eponymy, stupid!"

Not well thought-out

If I was the guy(?) who owned that business, I don't think I would have slapped my name on it. How many people would would think twice before visiting a doctor named Dr. Hertz? Just saying.

Theory of relativity

Is he related to I. Yankum, dentist, or Dr. Ina Coffin, GP?

Don't Be Harsh & Co.

Wonder if D. B. compounded the paints and oils mentioned on the sign. And was he a harsh man?

It would also be interesting to know if anyone else in the Harsh family owned a business -- like, say, a lighting supply company, a laundry, etc.


Seneca is the home of the second deepest hand-dug well in Kansas. The deepest, of course, being in Greensburg.


The D.B. must stand for Dad Burn.

Don't Be Harsh Rx

I once met a man whose family name was Doctor, anyone want to guess what profession he chose.

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