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What doesn’t kill you, might cure you

July 8, 2011 by Hubbard County Historical Museum Director

This week we  have been working in one of the rooms downstairs.  It is a medical room..of sorts.  We do have a rug loom in one corner, sometimes we have to “share” space.

I am looking for donations of medical equipment to make the room more complete.  If you have any old photos of Doc Houston or Doc Higgs or any of the other early doctors bring them by my office and I can scan them and you can have your original back immediately.

We found some old medicine bottles.  They seem to be of the multi purpose kind.

Colic cholera and diarrhea remedy

Chamberlain’s Colic Cholera and Diarrhea Remedy.  I bet it tasted terrible. Oh could be worse you could end up on this table.

Embalming table

This is a embalming table.   It was made by The Gleason Board Company of Rochester, NY.  It was more than likely manufactured sometime in the years 1870 to 1890.  Sometimes these tables were used for home funerals serving a dual purpose.  From what I have read they were usually made of Maple or Ash and sometimes what was called Honey Oak . I think this one is either Birch or Maple.  Embalming became an acceptable practice after the civil war.

The head rest folds down, the legs fold up and then it all folds in half and you can carry it by the handle on the left side. On to the next patient..

The Medical Room is now open in the basement..stop by and visit sometime.  It is still a work in progress but it is coming along quite nicely:)


  1. Shirley H. says:

    You are fast making that historical museum into a very interesting place to visit.

    • Thanks Shirley! If you ever come this far north you will have to stop by:)

      • Shirley H. says:

        Thanks for the invitation. However, soon I am moving to Edmond, Oklahoma, and will embark on becoming a Sooner instead of a Minnesotan. I have lived in MN since 1960 when I moved from Nebraska. I will miss MN and even the snow. I hear that when it snows even just the tiniest amount in OK everything shuts down. They do have ice on the streets at times that also shuts down all travel. I will still read your blog every day as I do now. I also read the ones listed on the left and enjoy them all. I love your photographs and like to see Chance in them. Your frequent change of headers is wonderful. Thanks for all your writings.

  2. Linda says:

    Our museum is not as big and wonderful as yours. Thank you for the cool tours.


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