2013-01-18 / Community

A Window on the Past

LaVerdiere’s Super Drug Store and more
South Portland Historical Society
By Kathryn DiPhilippo


This photo of LaVerdiere’s Super Drug Store attracted much attention on the historical society’s Facebook page. (Courtesy photo) This photo of LaVerdiere’s Super Drug Store attracted much attention on the historical society’s Facebook page. (Courtesy photo) We’ve been having a lot of fun with our Facebook account over the past few weeks. Several historic photographs that we posted received a lot of activity, so I thought we’d share one of those with our Sentry readers. The accompanying photograph shows LaVerdiere’s Super Drug Store at 525 Main St. in the Thornton Heights neighborhood of South Portland. LaVerdiere’s was a great local pharmacy, in operation here in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, but the warm thoughts about this photo also extend back to when Gill’s Drug Store operated from this building in the early 1970s, as well as the IGA grocery that was here in the 1950s and 1960s.

More than 200 people have commented on the photo on Facebook. About LaVerdiere’s, Deena Abbott remembered, “I bought many treasures there when I was a teen or preteen with my allowance money.”

Some people remembered buying Christmas gifts at the store or having their ears pierced. Kenneth Fox wrote, “I worked at Gill’s, Millie was one of the kindest persons I’ve ever known … so was Alice (Pratt Smith)… memorable times at Gill’s.”

For a number of years, Flynn’s Hardware was located in the back of the store. John Gill remembered, “In the mid- ’70s, the rear of the store was renovated and some of the old stockroom was converted into the location of Richie and Sally Flynn’s first hardware store.”

According to Jeff Flynn, his family later moved the hardware store to its location near Cash Corner in 1977.

There were even some people who remembered the Ezy- Way IGA Foodliner that was run there by Joseph and Gerald Smaha. Pamela Quinn Greaney wrote, “Used to be an IGA and I could run up the back alley for anything my mother needed for supper.”

If you’re on Facebook, I hope you’ll look up the South Portland Historical Society and join in the conversation. You can also find photos at our online museum at http://www.sphistory.org/.

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