Category Archives: cures

York County jail empty and other news.

News from the York Recorder, June 9, 1829: This didn’t happen very often: “The jail of this county is at present empty—not an individual being confined therein for crime or debt. The like has not occurred before for nearly two … Continue reading

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What do York’s Penn Common alligators and a well-known 20th century snake oil salesman have in common?

What started out to be a story just on the Penn Park alligators took some interesting twists. According to a 1930 newspaper account there were alligators in the park in the early 1900s and again starting in 1930. From what … Continue reading

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Smallpox Feared in York’s Past

Lewis Miller drawing–Dr. Kennedy waxenate (vaccinate) 1799. Concern about the recent “Swine” N1H1 flu, and the precautions taken against it remind us of the days before many once virulent diseases were tamed by vaccines. About the only way to try … Continue reading

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Dover, Pennsylvania Doctor Cures All

In the past I have written about some of the outrageous claims for cures made by York County manufacturers of tonics and by animal doctors. Click here to read about Caldwell’s cure-all tonic. And click here to read about Heffner’s … Continue reading

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