Howard Duncan was my grandfather’s brother. He was a pharmacist and one of the few things we have from him is this handwritten recipe for Menthol Cream. Menthol Cream is often an ointment for muscle aches.
20 grains menthol and 20 grains campor [camphor] – add a drop of alcohol. 10 drops oil of wintergreen and 1 5-cent jar of Vasiline.
The handwriting on the top of the reverse is my grandfather’s. I’m not sure what the second line means and I don’t recognize the handwriting.
Thanks Cousin Jamie for this sweet artifact!
This is a transcript of Howard Duncan’s obituary from The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, 15 April 1910:
Howard Duncan Died Yesterday. Well Known Young Man WIll be Buried Tommorrow – Funeral Services to be Private.
DeKalb residents were pained yesterday afternoon to hear of the death of Howard William Duncan who passed away about three o’clock at his late home on North First street after an extended illness. He was taken sick last December and has been in bed nearly all of the time. He gained somewhat for a few weeks but had to take to his bed again and failed steadily until the end came yesterday.
Howard William Duncan was born in Osage, Iowa, December 11, 1882. He came to DeKalb in 1896 and attended school in this city. Later he entered Chicago university and afterwards Northwestern from which institution he was graduated in 1904.
He was married to Margaret Crosby of Maple Park, August 2, 1904. Of this union, one daughter, Dorothy, was born. Since his graduation Mr. Duncan has lived most of the time in Chicago where he was employed as a druggist.
Besides his wife and daughter, he leaves a mother and two brothers here and one Dr. Clifford Duncan, in California. The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the home and will be private for the family and very near friends. Rev. Mead will have charge of the exercises and Thomas Olsen will sing.
How cool that you have this glimpse into your great-uncle’s professional life. These kinds of very personal artifacts are my favorites.
I too like this grubby little piece of paper!
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