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Old-time soda fountain preserves drug store tradition Bv SANDI LATIMER "At least as far back as 1928 as I remember" he "It's an old tradiUon we chose to carrv "And it helps the other business here." By SANDI LATIMER WEST JEFFERSON. Ohio il'PI) - Richt in the middle of this central Ohio community ot -1.000 is a drug store lhal offers a bit of nostalgia -- a soda fountain. "Fountain Service" is painted in bin blue letters on the front window of Mellott's. Inc. As drug stores modernize today, a soda fountain in a drug store is something your mother talks about. But as long as Manager Bill Holden can remember, the fountain has always been in Mellott's. "At least as far back as 1928 as 1 remember." he said. It's the only drug store in this community on U.S. 40,20 miles west of downtown Columbus. COUNTERS ALONG the drug store are lined with sundries, candy, cards -- much like in any other drug store. Along the east wall is the soda fountain. Swivel stools line up along the service counter where sandwiches, soft drinks and ice cream concoctions are made. Several booths line two walls in the back corner. "It's an old tradiUon we cbose to carry through," said Holden, who began working at the drug store when he married Merrill H. Mellott's daughter. "She put me to work right away," he said. Melloit died about 10 years ago and Holden became manager of the store. TODAY THERE ARE three registered pharmacists on duty in the prescription department and nine other employes. "The soda fountain does fair business," he said. "And it helps the other business here." "We used to have a lot of high school students, but not so much any more since they opened the cafeteria at the high school and the students don out for lunch," be said. The younger generation is prevented from loitering at the soda fountain in the evenings "because close the booth area at 6 p.m." he said. "In this small of a community, we can't cater any particular age group," he said. "We serve Â·all."