Cope's Pharmacy Celebrates 50 year Anniversary
By: Michelle Ray
April 19, 2012
In 1962, Bill Cope purchased a dream on the corner of Washington Ave and Train St, and called it "Cope's Orting Drug." The building itself has been a pharmacy for over 100 years. Together with wife Shirley, they have raised a blended family of seven children, all of which have worked in the family business.
"Mr. C." as his employees call him, is the grandson of an early pioneer of the Orting Valley and is the second of five generations graduate from the Orting school district. Excepting the time he spent getting his degree from WSU (Class if '55, Go Cougs!), and serving his country in the Air Force as a pilot, he has lived in the Orting area his entire life.
A passionate sports enthusiast, Bill can be spotted in the pages of his yearbook playing varsity sports, later coaching the children of Orting on several baseball teams, and finally cheering his grandchildren as they continue the athletic endeavors so pronounced in the family.
Mr C is still active in the business, working behind the scenes, and occasionally filling in as a pharmacist when needed. His career has spanned from "make meds from scratch era" through the electronic age.
Kickoff for the fifty year celebration started on the Daffodil Parade Day as family and employees decorated a horse drawn float, and rode in the parade, waving to crowds, and throwing candy to children. Look for more events throughout the year including sales, drawings, and further participation on community events.
On behalf of the Cope's Pharmacy Staff, we would like to congratulate Bill on his anniversary and thank the Orting Community for half a century of support for this family owned, local business.