In the 1890s readers of the Hood River Glacier were greeted by a constant rotation of patent medicine ads on the back page. They usually claimed results for curing constipation, bad blood, or, as in this case, "catarrh." Modern OTC advertisements refer to it as "congestion."
Peruna Tonic gained fame in the Prohibition Era because it was 18% grain alcohol. Because of its "kick" the name "Peruna" was adopted by SMU students for their mascot. I like the endorsement from a general and three United States senators.
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Every day, I learn something new here.
While perusing old issues of the HR Glacier I quickly skim over these adds.
Major General Fightin' Joe Wheeler was a West Point graduate who fought for the south.
Little Peruna IX's whinnying can be heard across the stadium at today's SMU games.
It cost Dr. Harman 18¢ to produce a bottle of Peruna, and sold it for $1. He admitted to reporter Samuel Adams that his mixture cured nothing, but his clientele had faith in it, "therefore they get well".
After walking in a snowy field, Dr. Harman came down with the "catarrh" pneumonia and died.
Peruna is Finnish for potato or pear.
Senator Samuel McEnery was senator and governor of Louisiana. Perhaps Senator Sullivan is Timothy D. from New York. There were several senator Roaches in the 1890's.
L.E. on 22nd January 2016 @ 8:06am
L.E. is that the beer Sam Adams??? I assume not Portland's former mayor...18% is pretty strong......
Arlen Sheldrake on 22nd January 2016 @ 8:55am
Wheeler, served as a Lt. General in the Army of the Tennessee, in the cavalry. He also was a Maj. General in the Spanish Americian War going to both Cuba and The Phillipinnes. Was in the House of Rep. from Alabama.
Charlott on 22nd January 2016 @ 2:29pm