Tom J. Dean biography

The thing which most impresses the visitor to the Dean Drug Company here is the enormous selection of stock with which the store is crowded. There is practically nothing known to the drug trade which is not to be found on the shelves of the store. “You can get it at Dean’s” is a slogan that is really true.

For thirty years that has been true. For it was 30 years ago that Tom J. Dean, owner of the store, formed a partnership with Floyd Jones, a brother of Dr. C. C. Jones and purchased the old Bruce Stephenson drug store, trading a farm for his interest. From 1909 to 1914 the partners operated it as the Dean-Jones Drug company. In the latter year the partnership was dissolved. Mr. Jones taking over the store which they owned at Moran [Texas] and Mr. Dean the Cisco [Texas] store. Mr. Jones later sold out at Moran.

Prior to coming to Cisco Mr. Dean had clerked in a drug store at Big Spring from 1903 to 1908, acquiring the farm which he traded for the Cisco store in the course of a land boom.

Native of Tennessee. He is a native of Tennessee where he was born on September 1, 1867. Work in the tobacco fields didn’t appeal to him, so he left Tennessee in 1890 and came to Texas, locating at Van Alstyne where he worked for the Southern Pacific (then the H&TC) at the passenger station. He subsequently went into the express business and worked in a drug store.

In 1908 Mr. Dean married Miss Ralph Atwood of Big Spring. They have one child, Mrs. Ernest Lennon.

Source: The Cisco [Texas] Daily Press and Daily News, Vol. XIX (Sun., 28 August 1938), No. 21, p. 11.