Ancestors, Snake Oil, and Politics

Sharing this newspaper advertisement for “Dr. Williams Pink Pills for Pale People” which was obviously an early “snake oil” scam, however, one of my Limes ancestors, Dr. Jesse Laws Limes, apparently was not afraid to be associated with it!

If you Google the name of the product you will find a lot of links and photographs about it.

I am not 100% sure that the drawing in the newspaper article is that of Dr. Limes or Dr. Williams.  This advertisement appeared in 1897 in a Chanute, Kansas newspaper. It appears in several issues over the years in this newspaper with the same drawing and Dr. J. L. Limes’ name.

Note, among the reasons Dr. Limes  states he was well-known “in this part of Kansas and Fayette County, Ohio” was that he was chairman of the Republican County Central Committee (Stafford County, Kansas.)


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The fun of Researching Ohio Bricks

I recently purchased three Ohio bricks (meaning that the word “Ohio” is stamped on them!) that I thought were really neat to have.  I knew I had some other older red bricks with different names stamped on them so I wanted to add the Ohio bricks to the small but now growing collection.

Sharing my photos of the bricks here. I cleaned them up with “D/2 Biological Solution”, a soft bristle brush, and regular water to rinse them off.  It will take awhile longer for them to lighten up more than they are now.  

Also sharing some great links that I found on the Internet about bricks made in Ohio:

Brick Names

“The Paving Brick Industry in Ohio” from the Ohiodnr 

The Trimble and Wassall Brick Companies, Athens County, Ohio

Bricks of Ohio WordPress blog:

     Metropolitan Block Canton, Ohio

     Trimble Block

“Historic Ohio Bricks” publication order form

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