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.
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).