Dr. Hale’s Home Remedy and Recipe Book
This unique handwritten book was found in a collection of books left to me by my grandmother. The book refers to J. H. Hale, Lucy H. Hale in Cass County, Michigan, and also Wallace A. Hale, Fannie E. Hale and B. F. Hale, Ann Arbor Michigan. There is a date in it of Aug. 17, 1846 concerning a rental agreement of $35.00 per year between Philip Wears and B. F. Hale. Like many script books of this era, it reflected the life of the individuals who used this book for their livelihood. An archivist from Michigan State University told me that because this book would have been almost used daily by this doctor, it is rare to find one in this condition. It is likely this book came from the lumberman’s house in Lewiston my grandmother owned years ago.
I am interested if anyone knows who the people are in this book, and it would also be interesting to have a doctor evaluate some of these cures. Some of them seem quite nasty, poisonous, or painful.
After 25 years of searching, I found a reference to the Hale family. Lucy Hale’s father Nathaniel Wallace was an aide to George Washington during the Revolutionary War. This is from a history of Calhoun County published in 1913. It is apparent that Walter F. Hale, son of the authors of this book, owned a farm near my great-great uncle Elmer Thompson in Clarence Township near Albion, Michigan. Here are the references to the book: Hale Family History A Hale Family History B
NOTE: The spelling below is the way it appears in the book. Recipes of particular interest are highlighted in bold.