Hall of Fame Induction!

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ByJim

The founders of Lehan Drugs, brothers Jim Lehan, Sr. and Emory Lehan are both set to be inducted as inaugural members of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame.  As the great grandson of James and the great-great nephew of Emory, it is amazing to hear the stories and see the pictures of the business they created in Lehan Drugs more than 60 years ago (http://www.lehandrugs.com/about/history.html).  They laid the foundation for what Lehan Drugs has been able to accomplish over that time and all of us here are honored to see them inducted.

Jim Sr. served the DeKalb Community for over 30 years and throughout his professional life, he was always very active in helping to promote the downtown DeKalb area.  Under his leadership, during the 1950’s and 60’s Lehan Drugs was the meeting place of the community with daily customer counts over 1000 people. With a food counter and soda fountain, Lehan Drugs was one of the most popular eating destinations in DeKalb, not to mention a busy pharmacy. His customers loved him and his commitment to customer service is still our trademark today.

Emory also served the DeKalb Community for the majority of his adult life.  After serving his country in the United States Army he joined his brother in opening Lehan Drugs in downtown DeKalb. Emory was a consummate businessman and entrepreneur and was extremely active in the running of Lehan Drugs. He could often be found in the store office going over figures and handing out notes to employees for projects he wanted accomplished. Emory was also instrumental in opening Kampus Korner on the campus of NIU, a state of the art 2 floor business that catered to the NIU students. He was also on the Chamber of Commerce Board of directors and served as its president.

Although they are no longer with us, we hope that both of them would be proud of the business that we run today.

-Jim

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