Van Driel’s Medical-Surgical Supplies

Does MPHS have photographs: Yes

Address: 100 E Northwest Highway

Is building standing: Yes

What is at site: Van Driel’s

When was business founded: 1942

Is business still operating: Yes

Who owned business: Originally, Herb Van Driel

Interesting stories, facts, history:

Herb Van Driel moved to Mount Prospect in the early 1940s. He bought an existing drug store at the corner of Emerson and Northwest Highway. The Drug store had first been started by George Englbom who sold the store to F. O. Merrill and Dr. Burda, who sold it to Herbert Van Driel. When Van Driel came to Mount Prospect, the two doctors in town already had an agreement with another pharmacist. So Van Driel branched out and added a lunch counter, serving ham sandwiches and home made pies. He said that in the first few years most of his business was in food. While there was rationing during World War Two, Van Driel was a distributor for different foods and cigarettes and was able to establish himself as one of the important businesses in town. He later went on to be one of the founding members of the second incarnation of the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce (originally founded in 1926, dissolved in 1932 then founded again in 1947). In 1968 he sold the business, although it still maintains his name. He died in 1970.

 

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