From The Garland Daily News, January, 1960



H.T. (Harry Tillman Payne)

One of the oldest family businesses in Garland, Payne Drugstore, was begun in 1922 by the late Harry Tillman (Doc) Payne.  Present owner of the store is his son, Don, who is a captain in Air Force, stationed at Perrin Air Force Base.

Doc Payne first started his drugstore on the east side of the square, where Food Town is now.  In 1930, the business moved to Garland Avenue in the 600 block.  Then in 1943, the drugstore was moved to its present location, 532 W. Garland Avenue.  Presently there are 12 persons employed at the store.

Doc Payne was a fixture in the Garland community until his death in December of 1958.  His wife, Gladys Tucker Payne, died in November of 1959.

Their son Don is married to the former Elsie Bachman.  The couple lives at 1008 Avenue D with their two children, Vicki, 8, and Donnie, 5.  They are members of the First Methodist Church.  Payne’s hobbies include golfing and hunting.

Payne says, “Garland is a dynamic community, and its future growth will probably be as great as in the past 10 years.  I am looking forward to the day when I can return to Garland permanently and participate more vigorously in civic affairs.”

Since Don is a career man in the Air Force, Gregory M. Leuty, pharmacist at the drugstore, is in charge of operations.  Leuty is married and lives with his wife, Elizabeth, at 1801 Morningside.  He has been with the drugstore since September of 1950.  In 1935 he received his agricultural degree from Texas A&M, after which he worked for the US Department of Agriculture.  He received his pharmacy degree from the University of Texas in 1950.

Leuty said there has been no real expansion in the drugstore plant in the past 10 years, but “we have a remodeling plan in the offing, and will get in operation in the next year.”