Back before the turn of the century, under the mighty oak trees along Main Street in League City, was a business that epitomized life in League City.

This business had a great following and until the end, was one of the few mom and pop pharmacies in our town. I am talking about City Pharmacy, 601 E. Main St.

Roslyn and Frank Accomando came to League City in 1968. Frank Accomando is a veteran of the Korean War and when he came back from the war, he threw himself into his work.

Mr. Accomando was a man who never sat still. He framed in his own home in League City and that is one of the reasons Ms. Accomando married him. Another reason was because he could dance.

Roslyn tells the story of the first time they met. It was at a college club dance, and Frank came up to the ladies and said, “Did you ladies come here to talk or did you ladies come here to dance?”

Roslyn said, “Well, let’s see what you have,” and that began a life together that has endured all these years.

Sometimes I get a little bit ahead of myself.

Ms. Roslyn Louviere was born in Loreauville, La. She graduated from college at U.S.L., now called University of Louisiana at Lafayette, majoring in business and English.

She came to the area in 1963, expecting to be employed using her business degree. She became an employee of the Humble Oil company and she remembers fondly the day she saw President John F. Kennedy’s parade drive past the Humble Oil building in Houston.

The date was Nov. 21, 1963.

Frank Accomando was born in Kansas City, Mo. Frank’s father was a welder and brought the family to Galveston looking for work. Frank’s father helped build the causeway from the mainland to Galveston.

Frank lived in Galveston during his first year of school then his family moved to Houston’s East End where he took two city buses to attend St. Thomas High School. Then he went off to war. When he came back from Korea he started a gas station.

The long hours motivated him to go back to school. He went to the U of H and enrolled in pharmacy school. For 10 years he worked for Walgreens always thinking of being his own boss.

Looking in League City together they noticed a place that Ray Butler owned along Main Street that was a small nursery. Having located the place for the business, the next thought was the name.

 “Frank’s Pharmacy” was one of the first names thought of; however, Roslyn suggested that they call it “City Pharmacy.” Frank loved the idea and drew up the logo for City Pharmacy.

A new business that would affect countless lives and improve the quality of life for our city and its citizens had just been born.

Chris John Mallios, a longtime resident of League City, is writing a series of occasional columns about the history of his hometown. He can be reached at mallios@comcast.net.

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