Museum of Northwest Colorado: A jovial young giant

Mary Pat Dunn/For the Saturday Morning Press

Noted cartoonist, Chester Klock, came to Moffat County in 1956 to do a series called “Familiar Faces” for the local Craig Empire-Courier newspaper.

The series featured local businessmen including a little information about them and ran weekly for almost half a year. Klock claimed his cartooning career had started at a tender age when he was paddled for sketching on the living room wall. As an adult he achieved a much better success rate as he contributed to numerous nationally known magazines and newspapers during his lengthy career.

At the time of this cartoon publication Jim Brinks was the General Manager for Craig Drug, which was located at 520 Yampa Ave. Described by Klock as a “jovial young giant,” Brinks was a registered pharmacist and rightfully proud of his profession.

Born in Chicago to a Presbyterian minister, young Jim and his family later moved to Leadville. After serving in the Navy, he worked his way through Colorado University and graduated in 1948.

He joined Craig Drug store in 1955, after moving to Craig with his wife Shirley and their four young children.

Jim Brinks served the community as a pharmacist well into the 1990s before he retired.

He was active in local civic and fraternal affairs and could be depended upon to help out with various local events.

Jim died in 1999; his wife and his son Michael still reside in Craig, both active components of this rural area that remains as tight-knit and committed to community well-being as in earlier years.

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