4375 S. Central Ave.,

Los Angeles, CA  

Green Book Editions: 1947-1955

Owner: William Henry Allum

Built in 1940

 Status: Still standing





In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Allums Drug Store sold Green Book travelers everything from tobacco and toothpaste to ice cream and insulin. Owner, William Henry Allum was formerly the manager of the Owl Drug Store in Venice, California and purchased this store at Central and Vernon avenues. Allum was born in Bellaire, Belmont County, Ohio on October 6, 1888 and moved to Delaware County in Indiana. He married Ida Mary Kurtz on December 14, 1912 in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana and then married Carolyn Veronica Hein on December 14, 1931 in Los Angeles, California. On his World War I Draft Registration he is described as "medium height, slender build, blue eyes, brown hair." Allum died on October 5, 1966 at the age of 78 in Whittier, a suburb of Los Angeles.  He was buried on December 8, 1966 at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Los Angeles County, California.

Many of Allums Drug Store advertisements listed in the Los Angeles Sentinel during 1947-1955 were for “Prapion” medicine to settle stomach ailments.

Allums Drug Store Green Book