The formulary notebook pictured above is labelled "Private Formula" and denotes Griffis' personal reference of medicines. These formula listed ingredients and dosages and were likely accumulated by W.C. Griffis and Frank Griffis over the years. Published formulary of pharmaceutical recipes written by doctors and hospitals were also available to pharmacists in the early 20th century.
People who were ailing could turn to their doctors for prescriptions or administer their own home remedies to relieve their symptoms. Drug stores largely supplied the public with these medicines and potions. Dispensary services were the foundation of drug stores, but most pharmacies offerred the public a great variety of health care and personal products and services.