E.M. Stubblefield Drugs & Books

Updated: Oct 6, 2021

E.M. Stubblefield Drugs and Books
E.M. Stubblefield Drugs and Books

Werner William "Bill" Stubblefield of St. Louis received an unusual gift and one he doesn't even attempt to put a value on with the presentation of the large sign that hung over Stubblefield's Drugs and Books in Hillsboro many years ago. Bill picked up the sign Friday from Jack Evans, who had found it in the basement when remodeling the Evans law offices which now occupy the building site.

Union Block built in 1872. Evan's Law Office was 3rd from the left.
Union Block built in 1872. Evan's Law Office was 3rd from the left.

Bill Stubblefield is the great-grandson of one of Hillsboro's earliest businessmen. Bill said that in reading his great-grandfather’s obituary, he notes that his great-grandfather was a fourth-generation druggist.

Hiram Rountree House
Hiram Rountree House

According to the history of Hillsboro compiled by the late Tom Bliss, Ed Stubblefield, Hillsboro druggist, was married to Etta Rountree and they owned the brick and stone house that stood on the corner of Rountree and East Wood Street for 131years until it was torn down in 1962. The house was built for Judge Hiram Rountree and is now the site of McFarlin Medical Clinic. Mrs. Stubblefield was the third generation of the family to own the property.

She left the property to Dr. Frank Stubblefield, a career Army officer, and he in turn sold it to Dr. George A. Telfer in 1962.

The house was torn down to make way for the medical clinic built by Dr. George Telfer and son Dr. Jim Telfer and now owned by Dr. Roger McFarlin.

Bill Stubblefield plans to give the sign to his father, a resident of Culver, Ind. Bill is a stockbroker in St. Louis and had never been to Hillsboro before visiting recently. At that time, he stopped at the Evans Law Office to inquire about the possibility of some early pictures existing and Jack Evans offered the sign that had been found.

"Every one I met was so warm and friendly - I just couldn't believe how friendly and helpful people are here. I plan to come back often and bring my family," Bill remarked.

The sign was painted by Nager Sign Painting Co. of St. Louis and is painted on both sides, indicating it probably hung on an awning-type structure in front of the building.

Story published by: Hillsboro Journal ~ 9/27/1993

Story written by: Alma Snider

Photo by: The Montgomery News


As of 2021 the former Evan's Law Office / Stubblefield Drug Store building is now Spears Title Company.

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