Thank you, Bruno

To the Editor:

Landry's Drug Store was started by our grandfather, Frank G. Landry, in 1894. He eventually bought the building. Our father, Frank M. Landry, inherited the drug store and building upon the death of his father in 1925.

As we grew older, it was natural for us to be asked to help in the store which we were more than happy to do. That store was part of our family as we spent many hours at various times doing the usual clerk duties.

Our dad suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in 1959. A long story short, the store was sold to Dr. Gould who had an office on the second floor. A couple of years later, Dr. Gould decided to specialize and move to another area. The buyer was a pharmacist, originally from France, Paul Ravel.

When the recent fire nearly destroyed the building, we were swamped with nostalgic memories of the "old days." The end of an era, we felt. Anticipating the demolition of that historic (to us) building was a deeply felt emotion.

One can just imagine our feelings upon learning that the present owner and sole survivor, Bruno Ravel, planned to restore it to its former glory. Not only that, but he went about doing so almost immediately producing an impressively restored building.

We, the three surviving children, wish to publicly and gratefully thank Bruno Ravel, for caring about the building and St. Johnsbury's appearance.

Frank Landry

Louise Plouffe

Fran Gingue

St. Johnsbury, Vt.

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