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Born in 1878, Miss Mabel Barnhill of Bethel, N.C., became one of the state's first female pharmacists. Early on in life, Mabel knew she wanted to become a druggist but, following high school, she was denied entrance to the University of North Carolina because she was a woman. Attending Page's School of Pharmacy in Greensboro instead, Miss Barnhill won her license to practice pharmacy in 1906 and quickly went into business with her uncle in Bethel. When her uncle died in 1912, Mabel inherited the store and in 1917 opened a new store in Bethel known as \"The Matinee Drug Company.\" Said to be ahead of her time in her use of herbs to cure various ailments, Miss Mable Barnhill died 1941, having opened another store in Weldon, N.C..