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Out of the Clock Tower

Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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Jan 06

New Exhibit in the Archives

Posted on January 6, 2017 at 9:31 AM by Elise Kelly

Early Medical & Dental Care in Greene County
To start the new year off, we have created a new exhibit for the Archives.
    Exhibit case.jpg

With the cold and flu season upon us, we thought it would be interesting to highlight some of the county physicians, local drug advertisements and medicinal remedies. 

On top of our exhibit case, we are showcasing two local history books that  feature the physicians of Greene County. Dad was a Country Doctor is a compilation of a son's memories of his father.

Dad was a Country Doctor by Carl E. Smith, 1984.
  Dr. Raymond Wesley Smith, practiced medicine in Spring Valley Township for twenty-three years.

His son, Carl E. Smith, was Ohio's Poet Laureate in 1983 and worked with the Greene County Historical Society to have his memoirs published in 1984.  Readers learn how Dr. Smith was a compassionate, generous and hard-working man.

The second book, Physicians of Greene County Ohio 1803-1988 is a comprehensive listing of former Greene County physicians. Many of the names also include where the physician studied. Furthermore, the book also contains a brief history of the Greene County Combined Health District. During the 1860s, the sanitary problems and solutions that were issued  included, "remove filth from pig pen and stop throwing slop in backyard."

In the exhibit case, we highlight some of the medicinal ads from the newspapers that were included in the Greene County 1901 time capsule.
"Eighty-five Per Cent of All Persons Declared Incurable or Given Up to Die by Physicians Can Be Cured or Their Lives Greatly Prolonged by the Beneficent Powers of the 'Perfected' Oxygenor King."
        "Castoria Oil is a harmless substitute for Castor Oil..... smooth syrup."

We have also included nineteenth-century medical bills and dental records that are found in our Guardianship Files.
See the dental record in the upper-right corner? Notice two teeth have two red dots on them. Those might have been pulled.

Lastly, if you are interested in medicinal home remedies, we showcase several prescription formulas that Washington Galloway recorded in a field book.
                                 Washington Galloway's Field Book 33

Stay healthy this winter!

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: What Greene County physician came up with a very popular method of treating the "cold plague?"

Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question: During Campbell's term as Governor, he called a special assembly to combat the corrupt government of what city? - Answer: Cincinnati


Glenn Reasoner
January 16, 2017 at 7:41 PM
My 4th Great Grandfather Dr. Mustoe Chambers was a physician living in Greene County in the 1840's.His son Charles Lewis Chambers and his son-in-law, my 3rd Great Grandfather, L.A. (Luke Alexander) Douglas were in Greene County at the same time and were either doctors or medical students/apprentices at the time. Would be wonderful to know if they were mentioned in the book Physicians of Greene County Ohio 1803-1988 or in your display. These men came from some very interesting and influential families back east.
Elise Kelly
January 19, 2017 at 9:04 AM
Mr. Reasoner, Thank you for reading and commenting on our blog. We looked through the Physicians of Greene County book and we did not see Mustoe and Charles Chambers listed. In addition, we looked in our Auditor's Duplicate Book from 1830-1841, and we did not see Mustoe listed either. The physicians during this time period had to pay a tax as did the attorneys in the county. Furthermore, we also looked for L.A. (Luke Alexander) Douglas in the physician book and he was not listed either. This does not mean that they were not physicians. They just weren't listed in this compilation book.
Glenn Reasoner
January 25, 2017 at 1:44 PM
Thank you Elise. Mustoe is on the tax lists for Silvercreek. Maybe Mustoe's residence put him closer to Clinton County where he practised there? His son, Charles went to Starling Medical College (Ohio State) 1849-1852. By 1850, Dr. Mustoe and his son were living in Iowa. Charles Lewis Chambers was a surgeon serving with the Iowa 35th Infantry, Union Army.

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