Then: After filling in at the Davis Pharmacy in Polk in summer 1939 so the regular pharmacist there could attend the World's Fair, John Adams returned to Hastings. He worked at the Jones Drug Store at 806 W. Second St. until 1948 when he went to work for Bert Burchess's Bert's Rexall Drug Store.
Now: Adams, who died Sunday at age 97, continued to fill in as pharmacist during the lunch hour in the drug store at 700 W. Second Ave., until 2011 at which point he was unable to stand long enough to continue working.
Adams lived nearby, in The Kensington, the last few years.
"This was John's life," said Mike Uridil, who now owns the downtown pharmacies. "It was literally his life. He wasn't a golfer, he wasn't a fisherman. He didn't sit over at the library. He lived here and this was his life. Tom (Choquette) and I would not be here if not for John."