Our 140th Year!

We are already a well into 2015, a year that has a couple of  items of note for Oswald’s Pharmacy. If you look at the masthead of this month’s OzzieGram you will see that this is our 15th year sending out our two page letter with health tips, information, fun facts and of course the invaluable “Message from Bill Anderson”! We started the newsletter in 2000 to coincide with the store’s 125th anniversary. Now, fifteen years later, guess what? We will be celebrating our 140th anniversary this year!

We will be having special promotions and events throughout the year to help mark this wonderful occasion. In the Fall we will have a huge celebration at the pharmacy complete with storewide sales, prize drawings, health screenings, food, beverages, goodie bags and souvenirs!

We will be advertising the specials in the Sun in emails and on our website. The best way not to miss out on anything coming up this year will be through our emails. If you are not already signed up on our email list, make sure to sign up today! You can do so in person at the store or on our website. Also like us on Facebook and Twitter. We may be 140 years old but we definitely keep up with the times!

Another neat coincidence for 2015 is it represents the 100th year that the store has been named Oswald’s! In 1915 my great grandfather Louis Oswald purchased the store from my great-great grandfather W.W. Wickel and changed the name from Wickel’s Drugtore to Oswald’s Pharmacy.


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Written by Bill Anderson

Bill is the current owner of Oswald's Pharmacy. A 5th generation member of the Wickel-Oswald-Kester-Anderson family, Bill became general manager in 1979 and bought the business from his father in 1991. In 2004 Bill orchestrated Oswald's move from Downtown Naperville to Naperville Plaza. Bill graduated from Knox College in 1978 with a BA in Art, minoring in History. A graduate of Naperville Central High School in 1974, Bill is a lifelong Naperville resident. Over the years Bill has served as a current member and past president of the Naperville Rotary Club, current member and past chairman of the Downtown Naperville Alliance, and as former Naperville Riverwalk commissioner. Bill lives in Naperville with his wife, just a few blocks away from their grandchildren (the 7th Oswald's generation!).