The profession of the druggist forms a very important factor in the various branches of enterprises of a thriving community. It is his prerpgative, in time of need, to administer alleviation from suuffering, and thus this profession deserves the grateful consideration of all. An old established house in Orillia, and one which is in every way reliable, is that of Mr. J.W. Slaven, whose business is centrally located at the corner of Mississippi and Peter Streets. 25 years engaged in one business means a life-long accquaintance with and acquired experience of practical knowledge of a business or profession that no theory could ever give; yet, such an experience has Mr. Slaven had; he founded his own business, and has built it up in a thoroughly creditable manner to its present condition of permanent prosperity. The premises occupied by him are spacious and commodious, and comprise a store, 52x24 feet in dimensions, a basement for storage purposes of similar dimensions, and an upstairs store, 52x24 feet. The store is neatly and handsomely arranged, and contains a full and general line of pure drugs, patent medicines, perfumes and toilet requisites, and many articles in use by physicians in their practice.
Mr. Slaven is a licentiate of the Ontario School of Pharmacy, and is a druggist of many years' experience, and has well earned the reputation he enjoys as a reliable, competent and useful member of the pharmaceutical fraternity, of which he is an honored member. He gives his special attention to physicians' prescriptions and family recipes, in the compounding of which he uses only pure, fresh drugs, and is always careful, accurate and reliable. Mr. Slaven also deals in books and stationery, in which an extensive trade has been developed. Mr. Slaven is a native of Canada, having been born in 1834, and during his long residence in Orillia he has ever taken a keen interest in the advance and development of the place, he has been Reeve and Deputy Reeve, and has many times been a member of the Town Council, while he also held the commission of captain in the No. 7 Company Simcoe Foresters Volunteers; he is a gentleman with a thorough knowledge of materia medica, and is possessed of high professional abilities. He ran for the Local House in 1882.
Industries of Canada, historical and commercial sketches :
Kingston, Prescott, Brockville, Belleville, Trenton, Picton, Gananoque, Sand Banks, and environs :
its prominent places and people, representative merchants and manufacturers, its improvements, progress and enterprise : illustrated.
M/G. Bixby, editor. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1887.