Isaac Milman Parry (March 9, 1865 – August 12, 1957) was the father of scholar Milman Parry. Isaac was a druggist.

Isaac was born March 9, 1865 in California to Adam Millman Parry and Mary Caltha Albee. He married Marie Alice (Parry) in 1894, and they had 4 children: George Parry, twin sisters Mary Allison ('Alice') Parry and Mary Addison Parry, and Milman Parry. In 1900, the family lived in Alameda and/or Tuolumne County (they appear both places in the 1900 U.S. Census). In 1910, they lived at 486 - 24th Street. In 1920, the family lived at 283 - 26th Street.

Parry was a druggist. In 1907, Isaac became manager of the Key Route Pharmacy, and had been at the Bowman Drug Company for 8 years before that. 1 Bowman's main store was at 1151-1152 Broadway.

In 1909, Parry was working in the drug store when a man armed with a gun entered. He confronted the man, who then left the store. Parry shouted for the police, and the would-be robber, J. B. Clifton, turned and fired shots but didn't hit Parry. Clifton hid in a nearby house, which coincidentally belonged to an Oakland police detective. The detective wrestled with Clifton and was shot twice. Clifton was a former convict, and was found guilty and sentenced to life in San Quentin. 2,3

Circa 1910–1921, Parry was running his own drug store at 737 Telegraph Avenue (between 23rd and 24th Streets).

The 1924 directory lists a Parry Drug Store at 2401 Telegraph, run by J. B. Downer. Given the name and the proximity to 737 Telegraph, it's possible Isaac sold the store to Downer. The same directory lists Parry as working for Bowman's again, and living in San Francisco.

Links and References

  1. The Pacific Pharmacist May, 1907
  2. Held Up But Not Vanquished The Bulletin of Pharmacy, 1909
  3. Third Attempt To Rob Drug Store Within Year is Foiled San Francisco Call December 20, 1901