Compounding Pharmacist Lina Soderlund circa 1915
Lina Soderlund Became a Pharmacist
While working as a pharmacist, Lina Söderlund would compound various medications from herbs, plants and even insects for her patients. Back then some insects like Spanish Flies, Cochineal and Chinese Blistering Beetles were used for medical purposes. Over the years Lina became a very accomplished compounding pharmacist.
My father, Bill Soderlund, Sr., would visit his aunt Lina at the pharmacy. The sweet aroma and the scientific atmosphere of the pharmacy instilled in him a desire to follow in her footsteps and some day become a pharmacist.