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Remembering the Branton Pharmacy, 2040 East Washington Ave.

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on October 8, 2009

Joan Kelly brought this photo of Branton Drugs to the Sept. 19th East Side History Club meeting.

The Branton Pharmacy ca. 1940s?

The Branton Pharmacy ca. 1940s?


Joan Mosuch met her husband James Kelly in this drug store.  It was one of the East High School “hang outs”. Joan’s father Cecil “Chic” Mosuch was a pharmacist and helped out in the Branton Drug Store in the 1940s.

Orson Branton opened his pharmacy at 2042 E. Washington Ave (now numbered 2038-2040) at the corner of N. 3rd St. in 1930. He died unexpectedly in 1953 at the age of 53.  The pharmacy was bought by Richard Piechowski who continued to use the name Branton Pharmacy until 1968 when the store closed.

Joan remembered that the grocery next door was owned by the Solberg family. Juell Solberg operated the grocery store next door to Branton’s from 1945 to 1950. Earlier, the grocery store had been owned by Arnold Seeliger. After the Solberg era  it was owned by Carl Leitzke.

Today the building doesn’t look anything like the photo.  It is occupied by Audibel – Madison Hearing Aid Center and Redeemed Christian Church of God.

Ann Waidelich


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2 Responses to “Remembering the Branton Pharmacy, 2040 East Washington Ave.”

  1. Tom Branton said

    I moved back to Madison ten years ago and every so often drive by the store and our house at 2112 E Mifflin. My brother lives in CA. My dad used to miss spell his signs so people would stop in . I have many great memories of the store. My wife and I are in Las Vegas so will send more later this week when we get home. Our son sent us the article.

    • Marilyn Imhoff Gonzagowski said

      I remember you living behind Roger Henry and his Mom and Dad. My sister Pat worked at your Dad’s Drug Store… We lived next door to Roger and Judy Schaus lived on the other side of the Henry Family.

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