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Eli Lilly, 1838-1898

In the spring of 1854 young Eli Lilly began a five year apprenticeship with Henry Lawrence, proprietor of the Good Samaritan Drug Store, at this location. While in Lafayette, Eli became a second sergeant in "The Lafayette Guards". He returned to his home in Greencastle, Indiana, in 1860. On May 10, 1876, Eli Lilly opened a small drug manufacturing business in downtown Indianapolis.

Erected by the Eli Lilly Co. and the Tippecanoe County Historical Association


Submitted by: Stephen Sostaric

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