Take a trip back in time when the Wilson Chemical was one of the largest employers in Tyrone. The famous White Brand Cloverine Salve was manufactured and distributed by the Wilson Family.
We all remember the Cloverine tin. Note the price of 25 cents. It can still be bought in some drug stores and through mail order catalogs. When the Wilson's last manufactured the salve in 1985 it was then 85 cents.
Jack & Jill Gelatin, also manufactured by Wilson Chemical Company, was sold through the Clover Farm stores and was sold in the old A&P stores under their brand name. The gelatin was also sold through many other grocery chains under their store names.
Jack & Jill Gelatin and Cloverine Salve were original fund raising offers.
Giving away free samples was an innovative marketing idea in the '60's.
In the early '70's George C. Wilson 111 (GC) was one of the first pioneers to try packaging in plastic tubes.
From the early 1930's Cloverine advertising could be found on the inside front and back covers of all the major comic books. It was a very successful and unique form of promoting sales by capturing the youth market.
The original Cloverine building on the hill overlooking Tyrone at the end of Pennsylvania Avenue.
The company became so successful that when fire destroyed the original building it was replaced with a magnificent new plant of native red stone which was soon covered with ivy. There was now room to produce Cloverine salve as well as Cloverine cough drops and the Gelatin products. Many other items were also packaged and distributed from the plant.
This picture depicts the girls working in the advertising department. Many young women found employment when they graduated from high school. Working at the Wilson Chemical was considered a respectable place of employment that met with their parent's approval..
How many remember the Saturday afternoons spent watching the old cowboy movies at the El Patio theatre. or the latest release at the Wilson Theatre? High school graduations used to be held at the Wilson Theatre.
George C. Wilson 111 (G.C.) The great grandson of DR. James T. Wilson who first formulated Cloverine Salve. He was also the youngest elected member of the Young Presidents Club, having been nominated by Ray Hickock who manufactured Hickock belts. He was also a president of the Tyrone Chamber of Commerce.
The Dairy Dip, a popular teen mecca, was once located where District Justice Miller now has his office. As you can see, thousands of teenagers used to throng to the Dairy Dip for their nightly radio broadcasts.
An important part of the history of Tyrone - The Wilson Chemical Company!