If these booths could talk, they might tell us about Lyons and the pharmacist who bought and operated the Lyons Drug Store from 1931 to 1971. As was typical of the time, “Doc” Glen Jernigan and his wife Mabel stocked other merchandise, and had a popular soda fountain in the store, too. In 1941 pints of
ices cream sold for fifteen cents! After a November 1967 fire destroyed the drug store and other buildings on the north side of Main Street at Fourth, Avenue, “Doc” was encouraged by the community to reopen. He and Mabel opened a smaller store at 415 Main, across the street, and brought the soda fountain bar that was rescued from the fire. These booths where people had enjoyed fountain drinks and banana splits then went into storage.
After forty years of serving the community, the Jernigans sold the business. Under new ownership, between 1971 to 1973, the Lyons Drug Store and soda fountain bar moved back to a new building at 400 Main Street where the current Lyons Soda Fountain is located.
Rollerskating Timber Dan is a legend in the Soda Fountain history. Stop by today’s Soda Fountain to sit at the historic fountain bar and a savor a sweet treat.
Then head to the Redstone Museum at 340 High Street to see objects from “Doc’s” drug store/soda fountain, the booths, and early photographs.
Museum hours: daily, Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
and Sunday 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.