Leading up to Arizona's centennial Feb. 14, we'll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.
Feb. 2, 1912
The Sam H. Drachman cigar store was sold yesterday to Manuel E. Moreno, for twelve years traveling salesman of the Brena Commercial company, and Fernando Laos, proprietor of the Oak Barber Shop. Possession was transferred yesterday. The store is to be remodeled.
New pool tables and newspaper stands are to be put in and the place made modern and up-to-date in every way. The name of the store will remain unchanged.
Laos has been proprietor of the Oak Barber Shop for over twenty years and is well known among the old timers.
The Sam Drachman cigar store is the oldest tobacco establishment in Arizona. The house began in 1874. It was then on Congress street near Main. In 1885 the city began to move east and north and Drachman to be up with the times moved also. In those days the store stood on Congress near Court street. When the boys of '85 were going "down town" they were bound for Sam's. His store was headquarters for all sporting news. It was the rendezvous for old timers, and has been for the past 30 years.
The establishment is the best known in the southwest and is a landmark in Tucson history. Until his death recently it was owned by S.H. Drachman.
Arizona Daily Star
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