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.)

THE CHANUTE TIMES - JUNE 18 1897 - JESSE LIMES WITH FRAME & TEXT