Some Haskell folk thought that when pharmacist Elbert Johnson sold his drugstore in 1994 he was going to retire then and there.

They were wrong, and he’s quick to point that out.

But now, with his pharmacist’s license expiring on his 83rd birthday on Monday, Johnson is officially calling it quits.

“I’m retiring for the first and only time,” Johnson said. “A lot of people keep asking, ‘Are you going to retire AGAIN?’ I tell them I never retired in the first place. I just sold my store and went to work for someone else.”

Since selling Johnson Pharmacy, Johnson has worked at many places in the area, including The Drug Store in Haskell, and Barnes-Williams, McCoy’s and the Sears Methodist Retirement System pharmacy in Abilene. Of late, he has worked a day or two a week as needed in Haskell. Aching knees limited how much he could work.

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