Always happy to share memories, Camille Borroum Mitchell dispensed a few stories on Monday as friends, family and dignitaries gathered to honor the legacy of Borroum’s Drug Store.
Founded in 1865, the court square fixture continues to be a place where people gather for lunch, have a drink or milk shake at the vintage soda fountain, or to visit the pharmacy.
“This family has meant a lot to Corinth. We could not do without Borroum Drug Store,” said Mayor Tommy Irwin, who declared Monday “Borroum Drug Store Day” in Corinth and presented a plaque to Camille Borroum Mitchell.
It is a business that survived the Great Depression, wars and uncertain economic times, he said.
Rep. Nick Bain presented a certificate from the local legislative delegation congratulating the business on “156 years of outstanding service, unwavering support and unparalleled business contributions in the city of Corinth and the entirety of Alcorn County.”
Borroum Mitchell told the Daily Corinthian she is “thrilled that people remember” and are interested in history.
“You know, they used to tie horses out here,” she said, looking toward court square. “Now we tie cars.”
She said she enjoyed the work of filling prescriptions, a role she began in 1948.
“I was the first woman pharmacist at Ole Miss,” she said.
She told of the response she got from the man in charge when she enrolled: “He looked at me and said, ‘What do you plan on doing?’ I said, ‘Well, I plan on studying pharmacy. What do you do?’”
Borroum Mitchell also spent some time in journalism, writing for the Memphis Commercial-Appeal back in the days when they had a local presence.
Dr. A.J. Borroum established the store in 1865, and it has been operated for many years by Borroum Mitchell, daughter of James L. Borroum. It is the oldest operating drug store in the state.