This week's story is about my grandmother Rhea Fern Coughlin and her employment at Parke Davis in the 1920s.
|Parke Davis 99th Annual Report Cover (1965)|
Detroit Historical Society
Rhea Fern Coughlin worked as an office clerk at Parke Davis.
|Women workers at Parke Davis (circa 1920)|
|Chocolate coated neuralgic opium cannabis medicine|
[ From the Parke Davis Co. (1929) Catalog Pg 187 ]
"The beginning of the 20th century marked the start of a new era for Parke-Davis and for the United States. The automobile had arrived. In Detroit the police posted speed limits of 8 miles per hour in order to halt reckless driving. The popular Theodore Roosevelt as President was busy reforming the government of the United States....
The period leading up to World War I was a happy time for the more than 3,000 employees of Parke-Davis. There were company picnics and boat excursions. There were social clubs and dances, bowling leagues and company sponsored athletic teams. The company pioneered a profit sharing and old age pension plan"
Rhea Fern Coughlin lived in Windsor and would travel to Detroit to work (common then) and she would have required a document (below) to cross the border. (Boarder Crossings from the U.S. to Canada 1908-1935).
|Detroit Border Crossing: Rhea Coughlin|
Dated August 1927
|Detroit Border Crossing: Rhea Coughlin: "To work at Parke Davis"|
|Parke Davis 1929: section of ampoule department|
|Border Cities Star|
- The Early History of Parke Davis and Company
- Burton Historical society: Early Detroit Images
- Making The Workplace A Better Place For Women
- Women Working 1800-1930: Parke Davis
- Film of workers leaving Parke Davis plant (May 11, 1903)
Thanks to Shelly Coughlin MacKinnon I have an update to the women workers at Parke Davis and Co.
Rhea's sisters Gretta (Coughlin) Langlois (1910-) and Viola (Coughlin) Lefaive (1906-1985) also worked at Parke Davis.
|Gretta (Coughlin) Langlois|