Dr. Wernet's Powder ; Denture powder tin
Dr. Wernet's Powder denture adhesive powder container made by Wernet Dental Manufacturing Co. Small metal container covered off white paper with red and dark blue design and text. Image of hands pouring out powder on dentures on center front. Series of small punched holes on top of red and tan painted lid to control pour. Lid is missing. Powder still in tin.
From the estate of Clarence E. Williams. Donors are daughters Shirlee Wallace Roberts and JoAnn Wallace Russell.,
Morey Mercantile traveling salesman, Clarence Emmanuel Wallace, was born May 13, 1902 in Jewell, Kansas. His parents were Harriet “Jeannie” Abrams and Charles Wallace. His father Charles died young at the age 30 from a burst appendix. After his father's death the family moved to Milliken, Colorado in 1910 where his mother ran a boarding house. Wallace attended schools in Brighton and moved to Greeley in 1921. He started his first job in 1921 with Hickman Lumbeck Grocery Co. According to Wallace, "Mr. Lumbeck wanted somebody young and with no experience. I was 19 years and had never seen a warehouse.” After gaining experience in the grocery industry, he left when one of the business officers sons had graduated, joined company and was assigned to Weld County. Wallace resigned from Lumbeck Grocery Co. and took a job with P.S. Hessler in order to stay in Greeley and Weld County. His salesman route was primarily in and around Weld County. Handwritten notes on his route include: Lucerne, Eaton, Ault, Pierce, Nunn, Wellingington, Fork Hotel, La Porte, Bellevue, Harmony, Berthoud, Mead, Elwell, Johnson, Miliken, Kersey, Gill, Foston, Breggdsale, Purcell, Galston, LaSalle, Pickham, Gelcrest, Plattesville, and Loveland.
Morey Mercantile Co. was later purchased by the P.S. Hessler Company, and in 1956, the sale of the Solitaire department to Great Western Foods Co. and White Swan coffee company was announced. After it was sold Morey Mercantile moved to Consolidated Sales Inc. headquartered in Chicago. Clarence E. Wallace submitted his resignation June 27, 1956, due to health concerns. Clarence E. Wallace was appointed Clerk of Weld County on July 16, 1956. He served as Clerk of the Court, Bailiff and Jury Commissioner of Weld County until age 70 (1973). Clarence E. Wallace died in 1989 at age 87. Even in retirement he continued to work for the Colorado State Employees Union selling long term care insurance.
Printed on front: KEEP DRY / DR. WERNET'S / POWDER / FOR COMFORT / AND / CONFI[illegible] / George L. Wernet DDS. / NET. WT. 0.10 OZ.
Printed on right side: [illegible]MPLE / W-45
Printed on back: KEEP IN DRY PLACE / DR. WERNET'S POWDER / HOLDS FALSE TEETH TIGHT / ABSOLUTELY HARMLESS / FOR SALE AT ALL DRUG AND / DEPARTMENT STORES. / DIRECTIONS / CLEAN PLATE WITH DENTU- / CREME AND DR. WERNET'S / PLATE BRUSH. MOISTEN / PLATE. SPRINKLE POWDER / LIGHTLY AND EVENLY. / NONE GENUINE WITHOUT / THE SIGNATURE OF / George L. Wernet DDS / REG U.S. PAT OFF / WERNET DENTAL MFG. CO. / Jersey City, N.J. / MADE IN U.S.A. / C.C.CO