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Julia Sterling and John Barnitz Bond Sr, MD

John Barnitz Bond Sr, MD was the father of John Barnitz Bond Jr (who married Alice Plunkett).

Arkansas Gazette, July 17, 1915:

“One of the most picturesque figures in American pharmacy has passed away in the death of Dr. John B. Bond Sr., of Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of seventy-eight.

Dr. Bond was born at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, removed to Missouri, served as surgeon and medical purveyor in the Confederate army, engaged in the practice of medicine, and in 1872 opened a drug store in Little Rock, from which he retired a few years ago, leaving it to his son, John B. Bond Jr.

He was one of the organizers of the Arkansas Pharmaceutical Association and was its second president, serving for three years in that office. He organized the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, of which he was president for over 30 years. He was an active member of the American Pharmaceutical Association, attended many of its meetings, and was exceedingly popular there as everywhere.

Doctor Bond had a most original manner of expressing himself, was a frank, outspoken an ardent worker for the welfare of pharmacy, and his death will bring regret to a wide circle of warm friends and admirers.”

Julia Sterling married Dr. John Bond (she was 20, he was 26) during the Civil War in 1863. He had been in the army for 2 years at that point, serving as an Assistant Surgeon.

Julia and John had 5 kids that survived into adulthood:

Sterling Price Bond MD, John Barnitz Bond Jr, Richard Thompson Bond, William “Willie” Cates Bond and Josephine “Josie” Christine Bond.

Julia lived to be 93 years old. She got to know all of her 16 grandchildren before her passing in 1936.

In December 1895, a janitor was using the furnace to heat the First Methodist Church building. The furnace overheated and burned the building down to the ground.

Funds were raised by the congregation, and in 1899, the cornerstone of a new building was laid.

Dr John B. Bond (father of John B. Bond Jr), a member of the building committee, gave a speech on the history of the church (the text was printed in the newspaper https://drive.google.com/…/1iyaZC8GVH4zi9XyNrQq…/view…), and laid the cornerstone of the foundation for a new brick church.

Once built, it would be called “one of the city’s finest examples of Romanesque Revival architecture, with square towers at its corners, and its predominantly smooth brick exterior contrasted by rusticated granite trim.”

W 8th St & Center St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Judging from several newspaper articles, Dr. Bond (John B Bond Jr’s father) was an humorous and entertaining public speaker. He hosted a “feast of eloquence and humor” on June 14, 1900.

Here’s an account of a Arkansas Association of Pharmacist’s event:

“Last night a most enjoyable banquet was held from 9:30 to 11:30 at Forster’s restaurant, with covers laid for forty. The menu was a splendid one, and its consideration was followed by an impromptu feast of eloquence and humor, with Dr. John B. Barnitz Sr., as toastmaster.

Toasts on pharmaceutical subjects were responded to by [several attendees] and John B. Bond Jr. of Little Rock. The speeches were all in a happy vein consisted of solicitations upon the success of the convention.”