Monday, May 7, 2012

New on the Shelf : Dr. Homer Mix Journal, Riverside

If your family resided in the Riverside area of Michigan [Berrien County] during the years immediately before and into the Great Depression, it might be interesting to take a look at the journal of Dr. Homer Mix. 

Spanning the years 1926 thru January 1932, the journal is a chronological listing of patients, followed by the amount charged for the doctor's services. 

This ledger was purchased by the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society (VBRGS) and has been added to the manuscript collection housed in the Local History Department of the Van Buren District Library.  The seller had the following information to offer about the ledger & Dr. Mix:

There are entries of child birth being $1.  Surgery performed for $2-$5...Dr. Homer Mix was a famous country doctor in Berrien County according to newspaper accounts of Dr. Mix's life later in his career.  He practiced either in his home which was in downtown Riverside, Michigan, or by taking his horse and buggy out to each patient's home in either Benton Harbor, Riverside, or the surrounding countryside areas.  The doctor was also a great collector of antiques, and one newspaper in the Herald-Palladium called him the biggest collector of primitive artifacts and Victorian antiques of his time.  He attended medical school in Wisconsin, and then moved to Michigan to begin his practice sometime around 1900.  My father and I purchased his old home in Riverside, Michigan, many years ago, after it went abandoned for over 40 years.  The town had always believed the house was haunted where the doctor practiced, because of all of the old skeletons and very primitive artifacts that were left in glass cases after his son was killed in WWII...[the house] is now fully restored...There were weird medical devices, which we have since sold off to medical museums...
 Dr. Homer Pease Mix was born in Wisconsin in or about 1852 and died in Benton Township, Berrien County, Michigan, May 9, 1952.  He and his wife, Agnes, are both buried in Lakeshore Cemetery, Hagar Township.

Chock full of names, this journal is a terrific piece of local history.  Following is a sampling of the names taken from the September 1928 entries:
  • Joyce Allen
  • Mrs. Chas. Bessemer
  • Orson Pratt
  • Harvey Mandell
  • Perry Thar
  • Mrs. Wesley Schmaul
  • Mrs. Rube Schmaul
  • Ben Emery
  • J. H. Morgan
  • Gus Novack
  • Harvey Stanley
  • Ross Welsh
  • Miss Hellen McCann
  • Walter Hamilton
  • Glen Swisher
  • Mildred Emery
  • Ellen Elson
  • Lois McKelvey
 For more information regarding Dr. Mix's journal or to inquire about viewing it, please contact the library. 

Nameless Picture of the Day
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Photographer - E. Gillis, Lawton

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