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David Scott Grinnell Papers

Identifier: WH2415

Scope and Contents

Two diaries (1932 and 1933) containing the thoughts and experiences of David Scott Grinnell, Sr., a 'druggist' who took up shop with a partner in Hobart, Oklahoma in 1922, then endured the Great Depression. Journal captures his writings just before the arrival of the drought years that brought on the Dust Bowl. Each volumes contain entries for all but 20-30 days of each year. Topics include how much business he saw at his pharmacy, and time he spent duck hunting.


  • 1932-1933

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Biographical / Historical

David Scott Grinnell was born on September 19, 1884 in Meacle, Kentucky. Eventually Grinnell moved to Alfalfa County in Oklahoma. Around this time, Grinnell met Linnie C. Werner and on April 5, 1908 they were married. In 1909 Grinnell and Linnie had a son, David Scott Jr. “D.S.” (1909-1966) and moved into Hobart, Oklahoma. Once in Hobart, Grinnell began working as a druggist. In 1921 Grinnell and Linnie had another son, Edward Heopfner (1921-2005). During January 1922, Grinnell and a O.J. Alberti purchased the local drug store, Rexall or Corner Drug from F. M. Miller. Eventually the drug store’s name changed to Grinnell’s Drug. Grinnell was able to successfully operate the drug store through the Great Depression and the impact of the Dust Bowl. In his 1932 and 1933 dairies, Grinnell recorded his daily experiences and anxiety of surviving that time. Although life was difficult through the Great Depression, Grinnell’s dairies also show he kept an uplifted spirit. Grinnell died on May 18, 1965.


1 box (.25 linear feet)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2018.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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