The ladies page

| September/October 1967

McCormick Deering W-30

Courtesy of Ben Zaring, Route Two, Shelbyville, Kentucky 40065

Ben Zaring

Forest Grove Trailer Park, Ontario, N. Y. 14519

As I am writing this, preparations are under way for our Annual Reunion the last weekend in July. The next few weeks will be very busy ones. We are members of three organizations, which we will help at, and we intend to visit a show in Ohio on our vacation and another one later on in Pennsylvania.

A few weeks ago, I had a bronchial congestion which almost developed into pneumonia .I needed four injections of an antibiotic before it went away. Today, we have Medicare, Medicaid, Health and Accident Insurance, doctors specializing in all branches of medicine and very modern hospitals. Do you ever stop and think how our Grandparents managed when they were ill?

They did not go to a doctor with every ache, pain or spread of disease. Doctors were scarce and then, too, they did not have the necessary money. They depended mostly on home remedies and cures which were handed down from one generation to another.

Calomel, quinine, whiskey, castor oil and epsom salts were the main remedies of those days and considered a cure for most all ailments. A cure for a chest cold was a mixture of turpentine, kerosene and lard mixed to a paste and applied to the chest. Poultices made from fried onions was considered good. A mustard poultice was used for colds and back aches. For coughs there were mixtures of coal tar and honey, another was molasses and ginger.

They believed that the blood thickened in the winter and in the spring, all were given sassafras to thin the blood. Also, sulpher and molasses was given to purify the blood. Drawing of blood was another so called cure for the sick. Leeches were used for this. A bag of asafetida was thought to prevent much illness and was tied around the neck.