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Hey, how are your kidneys? A big concern, more than 100 years ago

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Glancing at newspaper ads from 1905, it seemed like everybody had kidney trouble.  The papers advertised plenty of medicines that claimed to calm the kidneys.  One ad for Warner's Safe Pills claimed that "weak kidneys cause more suffering and deaths than all other diseases combined."  Warner's pills could help not just the kidneys, but the liver, bladder, and blood.  Or you could take Dr. Kilmen's Swamp Root for the same ailments.  The Hoeschler brothers had drugstores on Main Street and South 4th St. in 1905, and they sold Matt J. Johnson's 6088, which supposedly cured blood trouble guessed it...kidney trouble.

The castles on Cass Street were where the rich folks lived a century ago, and one of the castles caught fire in 1905.  Col. F.A. Copeland's house at 10th and Cass burned to the ground, a loss of $35,000.  Arson was suspected.  Copeland and his family were spending the winter in Florida in 1905, yesterday in La Crosse.


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Brad Williams

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from U-W-La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area.  Brad writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse.  He's been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.  

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