Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The Kickapoo Bottle

From the Booklet "Medicine in Lucas County" by Dr. Throckmorton.

     He was a bewhiskered doctor who lived in the old Penick house on the hill north of where Southgate is now located.  He called his domain a sanitarium and people went there to stay a week or two, sometimes three for steam and herb treatments, or fresh air to cure T.B., in his outdoor rooms, even if it was 20 degrees; they say many got well.  
     He was a Chickasaw Indian, tall and muscular; occasionally wore his bright, robe like clothing on the Chariton square and was around 60 years old.  He even had a booklet about his work and cures and treated according to the Zodiac.  He had picnic tables and shade trees on his lawn and lectured on Sundays, around World War I times.  We hear numerous interesting things about him, but some called him a fake and few seem to remember his name.  He outgrew his location and moved to the Bates Hotel, where he continued a few years.   
     We have a picture sent to us of a bottle picked up on his hill that had contained Kickapoo Indian Oil, one of the Doctor's remedies.

NOTE:  There is a picture of the sanitarium in the Family History Room of the Public Library, but the picture above came from the Chautuaqua Assembly 1903 booklet.

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