Back row, from left: Ross Williams (Hart Class of 1952), Earl Vanasen (Hart Class of 1952), Chris Elam;
front row, from left: Margie Ludlow, Jeannie Driscoll, Lillie Wright, Doug Stewert; behind counter:
Nancy Smith; inside
Ralph Williams' Newhall Pharmacy (Rexall Drug) at the southwest corner of Spruce (now Main) and Market streets in 1952.
The two-story brick building was erected as a hotel in 1914 by grocer Albert C. Swall; even at that time, the structure sported a pharmacy at the corner as well as a meat market next door
as seen here.
The bricks came tumbling down in the earthquake of Feb. 9, 1971; the building was retrofitted and refinished in stucco.
According to property owner Susan Davy (1-26-2017), daughter of Newhall pharmacist Ralph Williams, the pharmacy building
was completely torn down after the earthquake, the soil was compacted, and the structure was "rebuilt from scratch."
"The months prior — about 1 year — to the earthquake,
my husband and I spent remodeling the pharmacy building and all the store fronts beginning with 24263-65-67-69-71-73-75 San Fernando Road."
"The night before the earthquake, we took some of the subcontractors out to Tip's to celebrate the finish of the pharmacy remodeling. You can imagine how everyone felt the morning of February 9, 1971."