Excelsior Stomach Bitters – Rose’s Drug Store, Westminster, Maryland

Excelsior Stomach Bitters – Rose’s Drug Store

Westminster, Maryland

04 January 2019

Here is an advertisement below for a possibly unlisted Excelsior Stomach Bitters that I came across during research for the Excelsior Stomach Bitters post from St. John, Iowa. This bitters is late and was advertised in 1904, came in three sizes (25c, 50c and $1 bottles) and could be purchased at Rose’s Drug Store in Westminster, Maryland. Westminster is northwest of Baltimore City. Being from Baltimore, I was curious.

Excelsior Stomach Bitters at Rose’s Drug Store, Westminster, Maryland

The Democratic Advocate, March 5, 1904

John J. Rose

At first I pictured a more matronly “Rosie the Riveter” type lady behind the druggist counter doling out drugs but it turns out that we are talking about John J. Rose, a life-long druggist born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 9, 1869. He was the youngest son of George and Eliza Rose. His father and older brother were butchers in Baltimore.

By 1900, at the age of 31, he purchased A. H. Huber’s long-standing drug store and opened his drug store at 183 East Main Street in Westminster, Maryland. Huber had started his own drug store in 1865 and was the successor to Huber and Royer at No.2 Carroll Hall in Westminster. They sold drugs, chemicals, patent medicines, fancy articles and perfumery. One of their main products was Hering’s Compound Syrup of Blackberry Root.

Soda Fountain, circa 1905

Rose’s first newspaper advertisement in 1900 asks the reader to “Try My Ice Cream Soda” drawn from his new soda fountain at Rose’s Modern Drug Store. He was also selling crushed fruit, pure fruit juices, ice cream, mineral waters, pure drugs, chemicals, toilet articles, soaps, patent medicines, perfumery, shoulder braces and trusses, cigars, Kodaks and photo supplies and stationery etc. Of course he was filling prescriptions too. As noted above, he would sell the Excelsior Stomach Bitters in 1904. Rose would guarantee in his ads that the bitters would give great relief or a cure for dyspepsia, indigestion, biliousness, constipation and sour stomach.

We can’t say for certain that this is his bitters but it probably was, as we find no reference in this time period and region of a maker of Excelsior Stomach Bitters. I am not aware of any surviving bottles.

Rose would operate his drug store up until his death in January 1918. At this point, Randolph Wehler, from Washington, D.C. opened a new drug store that was formally occupied by Rose’s Drug Store.

5c Trade Token from Rose’s Drug Store, Carroll County, Westminster, Maryland

Main Street Post Cards, Westminster, Maryland

A.H. Huber (Successor to Huber & Royer) (John J. Rose would buy this concern in 1900, see below), Westminster, Maryland

The Democratic Advocate, December 21, 1865

Try My Ice Cream Soda at Rose’s Drug Store (formerly Huber’s), Westminster, Maryland

The Democratic Advocate, December 29, 1900

Ex-Sheriff wins the handsome doll at Rose’s Drug Store, Westminster, Maryland

The Democratic Advocate, December 29, 1900

Rose’s Phosphatic Emulsion of Norwegian Cod Liver Oil being sold at at Rose’s Drug Store, 185 E. Main Street, Westminster, Maryland

The Democratic Advocate, November 7, 1903

Soda Fountain just installed at Rose’s Drug Store, Westminster, Maryland

The Democratic Advocate, June 30, 1911

Rose’s Drug Store robbed on East Main Street in Westminster, Maryland

The Democratic Advocate, June 29, 1917

New Drug Store formally occupied by Rose’s Drug Store, 183 East Main Street, Westminster, Maryland

The Democratic Advocate, October 4, 1918

Select Listings:

1869: John J. Rose, Birth Date: 9 March 1869 – U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
1870: John Rose, Age in 1870: 1, Birth Year: abt 1869, Birthplace: Maryland, Dwelling Number: 453, Home in 1870: Baltimore Ward 17, Baltimore, Maryland, Inferred Father: George Rose, Inferred Mother: Eliza Rose, Household Members: George Rose 50, Eliza Rose 41, Andrew Rose 20, Charles Rose 18, Francis Rose 16, Theresa Rose 14, Harry Rose 12, Clara Rose 10, Irene Rose 8, Welborne Rose 5, John Rose 1 – 1870 United States Federal Census
1900: John J Rose, Druggist, Age: 31, Birth Date: March 1869, Birthplace: Maryland, Home in 1900: Westminster, Carroll, Maryland, Street: East Main Street, House Number: 67, Sheet Number: 22, Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation: 422, Family Number: 441, Relation to Head of House: Boarder, Marital Status: Married, Marriage Year: 1895, Father’s Birthplace: Maryland, Mother’s Birthplace: Maryland – 1900 United States Federal Census
1900: Newspaper advertisement (above) Try My Ice Cream Soda at Rose’s Drug Store (formerly Huber’s), Westminster, Maryland – The Democratic Advocate, December 29, 1900
1903: Newspaper advertisement (above) Rose’s Phosphatic Emulsion of Norwegian Cod Liver Oil being sold at at Rose’s Drug Store, 185 E. Main Street, Westminster, Maryland – The Democratic Advocate, November 7, 1903
1904: Newspaper advertisement (above) Excelsior Stomach Bitters at Rose’s Drug Store, Westminster, Maryland – The Democratic Advocate, March 5, 1904
1911: Newspaper advertisement (above) Soda Fountain just installed at Rose’s Drug Store, Westminster, Maryland – The Democratic Advocate, June 30, 1911
1918: John J. Rose, Death Date: 21 Jan 1918, Cemetery: Saint Johns Cemetery, Burial or Cremation Place: Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland, Spouse: Regina C. Rose – U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
1918: Newspaper advertisement (above) Randolph Wehler Opening a New Drug Store formally occupied by Rose’s Drug Store, 183 East Main Street, Westminster, Maryland – The Democratic Advocate, October 4, 1918

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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