C.C. Bristol collection
Cyrenius C. Bristol of Buffalo, N.Y., had a varied career. He was a newspaper editor, justice of the peace, and druggist, among other occupations. In the early 1860s, he created a recipe for a patent medicine called Bristol's Sugar Coated Pills. Soon after, he decided to open a drug store to sell pills and patent medicines in the oil boom town of Pit Hole City, Pennsylvania. Pit Hole City was "about 8 weeks old and...over 7000 inhabitants already in the town." He failed at this venture, and several others, and two years later became a land sales agent for the Manchester Land Company in Manchester, New Jersey. The drug company of Lanman and Kemp of New York City manufactured and sold his Bristol's Pills, and sent him regular royalty checks.