Pinex Company, Ft. Wayne, IN

According to Historic Buildings and Structures of the West Central Neighborhood Association Fort Wayne, IN, William H. Noll started the Pinex Company in 1905. This company manufactured a cough remedy called “Pinex” which, by 1910, could be purchased in nearly any drugstore in the United States. He was born in Fort Wayne and received a degree in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Michigan. He married Laura Green in 1906. For two years, he was employed in a drug store operated by his father, Benedict Noll, before starting the Pinex Company. From the Pinex profits, William and Laura were able to build a grand home in Fort Wayne that, including the furnishings, was said to have cost over one million dollars. Also, several years before World War I, William operated the first liquid nail polish industry in the United States, but sold his interests after the war. William died in 1941 at the age of 66.

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Bottle Embossed: PINEX TRADE MARK



According to newspapers, in 1960 Revlon, Inc. while expanding its operations in the proprietary drug field, purchased the Pinex Company.

The Pinex label included directions to mix the syrup concentrate with sugar and water to produce the cough syrup, as well as a list of ingredients (Alcohol, Chloroform, Oil of Pine Tar, Potassium Guaiacol Sulphonate, Oil of Eucalyptus, Extract Grindelia and Glycerine).

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Pinex cough syrup bottle label.

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1926 Pinex cough syrup ad

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1935 Pinex Advertisement on back of the Pine Mountain Merry Makers Song Folio

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1941 Pinex Cough Syrup Calendar – WWVA, Frankie More & Log Cabin Boys. The company sponsored a radio show on WWVA (in Wheeling, West Virginia) that featured Frankie More and Log Cabin Boys. The calendar has the words and music to a song named “If you can’t say something good about someone (’tis better to say nothing at all)” by Frankie More. Small photos of the band members are on the left and right sides of the calendar.

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Pinex Cough Syrup Matchcover, circa 1935

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3 Pinex Drugstore signs, circa 1940

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Another popular Pinex product was laxatives.

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19 Responses to Pinex Company, Ft. Wayne, IN

  1. Bill Kohrman says:

    According to their grave stone William H Noll was born in 1866 and passed away in 1950 at age 84. Amma Sarah Couey Noll was born in 1871 and passed away in 1942 [there are no typo’s in this message]

  2. Jetsin says:

    Kudos to you! I hadn’t thought of that!

  3. Was he related to Bishop John Noll?

  4. sandy bosley says:

    As a kid my Mom would mix the concentrate with honey.

  5. suesmith says:

    I took this as a child, can it be purchased any where?

    • Jessica says:

      Hello, thanks for reading. From what I can find, it is no longer being manufactured. There are many posts online with people looking for it, but no stores seem to carry it anymore and the manufacturer does not list it.

  6. ROBERT MOSNOT says:

    I TOOK THIS WHEN I WAS A CHILD. I LOVED IT BECAUSE IT TASTED SOOOO GOOD !!!!
    >S IT STILL AVAILABLE, IF SO, WHERE?

    • Jessica says:

      Hello, thanks for reading. From what I can find, it is no longer being manufactured. There are many posts online with people looking for it, but no stores seem to carry it anymore and the manufacturer does not list it.

  7. Pinex was the very best cough syrup ever. A Big Pharma company (forget now which one) that was the manufacturer of 4 other cough syrups bought the company that was making it (AM Best, I believe) and then discontinued Pinex because it was outselling all four of it’s other cough syrups combined!

  8. Laura Noll La Shelle says:

    Bishop John Noll was not a member of this Noll family. I know, because my father, William Frederick Noll who was the grandson of the founder Benedict Noll was my Father. My Father died of a massive heart attack in Feb., 1945. Mr. Kohrman’s references are not applicable to this Noll family.

    • Kathleen Kearns says:

      My father, Bernard T. Kearns, was president of the Pinex Company. I’m trying to recall the street number of the Company on Columbia Street. Does anyone know?
      Kathleen Kearns

      • tomcampbell345@comcast.net says:

        hi k. – we were neightors & group played sports w/j. our parents were the best! – tom c,.

  9. Alice says:

    PLEASE….SOMEONE..FIND SOMEWHERE I COULD PURCHASE PINEX COUGH MEDICINE!!!!!

  10. dale setzer says:

    If a bottle exactly like the one pictured in the begining of the page while river walking near where i live. (Munroe falls ohio). But the one i found still has liquid in it and still has the cork in it as well. I am wondering what you can tell me info you can tell me about the bottle. From when did they make that bottle til when did they stop making it. And no i am not going to try to sell bottle. I am keeping bottle.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi, thanks for reading. I don’t have any further details about the manufacture of the bottle. There may be resources available on bottle collector forums that could provide you more details.

  11. DEVA SPRING says:

    WELL I’M SORRY TO SAY AFTER READING SO MANY GOOD THINGS ABOUT PINEX COUGH SYRUP, BUT I HATED THE TASTE. MY DADDY MADE IT SO SICKLY SWEET I STILL HATE PANCAKE SYRUP ON MY PANCAKES. HOWEVER AFTER READING SOME OF THE INGREDIENTS IN THE ORIGINAL LABEL I’M SURE IT WAS EFFECTIVE FOR COUGHS.

  12. Tom Kearns says:

    Pinex Co. was located at 123 W. Columbia St., Fort Wayne, IN…the telephone number was A-2206…my Dad, B.T. Kearns, was VP and Gen Mgr. of the company until its sale to Revlon in 1960

  13. sally spies says:

    I have a full bottle in the original like new box with an 85 cent price tag from Keltsch Pharmacy on the lid. It must be at least 50 years old as I’m 70. I wonder if the Fort Wayne Museum would be interested in it? This was a staple in our house for winter blahs and we kids loved the flavor.

  14. Tom Kearns says:

    Sally, we were in the museum a few weeks ago, might want to contact them…good idea..

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