In 1903, a young pharmacist named Joseph R. Sutter opened his first drug store in Burlington, Iowa. Patrons fondly recall slurping chocolate ice cream sodas at the fountain, buying Kodak cameras and film, and snatching bargains at Rexall One-Cent sales. But there’s much more to this tale. How did Sutter Drug Co. thrive and survive for 90 years despite two World Wars, the Depression, ravaging fires, and stiff competition? What were Sutter’s secrets to success that he passed to his sons and grandsons?
Jane Sutter Brandt, Sutter’s great-granddaughter, recounts the rich history of this family business and shares heartwarming memories from other Sutters, former soda jerks, and pharmacists. The book also features more than 90 historical photos.
Praise for Sutter’s Sodas Satisfy: A Memoir of 90 Years of Sutter Drug Co.
Sutter’s Sodas Satisfy –the title says it all! I had the distinct pleasure and privilege of making and dispensing countless sodas to hordes of happy customers behind the counter of Sutter’s, and this memoir of an iconic Burlington drugstore certainly recaptures some very fond memories! The photographs and rich history included in its pages are simply fabulous – a wonderful walk down Memory Lane!
Former soda jerk at Sutter Drug Co.
Sutter’s Sodas Satisfy is a slice of history. Nostalgic small town living as described by people who were there − working the soda fountain and stocking the chewing gum. It takes you back to a feel-good era where the gang all met to gossip about the news of the day. Where a young man could court a young girl over a malted. A favorite book with lots of local hometown memories! Sutter’s Sodas Satisfy was the top seller in my bookstore in 2015.
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