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Addison L. Beck

ADDISON L. BECK, druggist, was born near Curllsville, Clarion Co., Penn., February 5, 1859, and is a son of Dr. J. N. and Ella (Boyles) Beck, the former a native of Centre County, and his wife of Clarion County, Penn. Dr. Beck practiced medicine in Curllsville till 1873, when he removed to Sligo in the same county, where he continued practice until 1881, being actively engaged in his profession for a period of twenty-two years. In December, 1874, Addison L. went into the drug business in Sligo and carried on the same until 1882, when he sold out and came to Sharon in August of that year. He purchased his present store and has since done a successful business, devoting a portion of his time to chemical analysis. His parents joined him in the spring of 1884, his father assisting in the drug store until his death in June, 1888. In 1885-86 our subject attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, taking a special course in chemistry, in addition to the regular studies, and was graduated in the class of 1886-87. In a class numbering 148 Mr. Beck was awarded three of nine prizes given for merit, and was named as distinguished in the contest for the Proctor prize of a gold medal. He was awarded half of the H. C. Lea prize of $100 for the best thesis; the chemistry prize of an analytical balance for original quantitative analysis; and the theoretical pharmacy prize of a fine prescription balance and certificate for the best examination in theoretical pharmacy. Mr. Beck was married January 30, 1884, to Miss Julia E. Lowe, of Sligo, Penn., of which union one son, Harold, has been born. Mr. Beck is a Republican, a member of the P. H. C. and N. U., and with his wife belongs to the Presbyterian Church. 

Source: (History of Mercer County, 1888, page 706)

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