Biography of Dr. Thomas J. Casper
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





THOMAS J. CASPER, M. D., druggist, Springfield. Dr. Casper is one of the few druggists who have, by study and application, become properly competent to handle drugs. He is a native of New Jersey; his ancestry have been for many years residents of that State. He was born in Salem County in 1838; while a youth, he went to Philadelphia to attend school, and, at 20 years of age, graduated at Union Academy, at that time the best private school in Philadelphia; he then entered upon the study of medicine, and spent the three following winters at the University of Pennsylvania, the oldest and among the best colleges of medicine in the United States, at which he graduated in March, 1861; soon after his graduation. he was offered the position of Assistant Surgeon of the 4th N. J. V., but, having determined to engage in the drug trade; he declined the offer and entered a drug store, where he had opportunity to obtain practical knowledge of pharmacy; during the following winter 1861-62 he attended a course of lectures at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, under the celebrated Prof. William Proctor, and, during the following spring, purchased a drug store at West Chester, Penn., which he conducted for over three years with marked success, but desiring to "go West," sold out and came to Ohio, and decided to locate in Springfield, and accordingly commenced in business here in 1868, at his present location, 41 East Main street; his strictly temperate habits, thorough medical knowledge, pharmaceutical skill and business energy, ability and strict integrity, won friends and the confidence of physicians, and thus secured a large and increasing trade. Notwithstanding the jealousy of some physicians on account of his being a graduate of medicine, such is his reputation for keeping none but first class drugs. and for integrity and care in recommending them, that he has the patronage of two thirds of the physicians of that county, while his trade in family medicines is unequaled by any other druggist in the city. Thus, while he is just entering the prime of life, he has justly earned and obtained a prominent place among the business men of Springfield, and has enlarging prospects before him. He was a constituent member of the Ohio State Pharmaceutical Association; was its first Secretary, and is now Chairman of the Executive Committee; he is also a prominent member of the National Pharmaceutical Association, and widely known as a pharmacist of rare skill, and a gentleman of more than ordinary culture.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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