[MEDICAL] [MANUSCRIPT] [ACCOUNT BOOK] Ledger - Dr. Peter Fahrney; of Oak Park, Illinois, for period 1861 to 1864. Peter Fahrney.

[MEDICAL] [MANUSCRIPT] [ACCOUNT BOOK] Ledger - Dr. Peter Fahrney; of Oak Park, Illinois, for period 1861 to 1864

Hardcover. 37 x 17 cm. 119 linen-backed leaves of manuscript notations and paste down documents. Peter Fahrney [1840-1905], president and founder of Fahrney & Sons Co., was born in Maryland to a family of herbal practitioners. His grandfather, known as Ole Dr. Peter Fahrney, was well known in the Boonsboro area of Maryland and his office has been preserved to this day. Peter Fahrney grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Jefferson Medical College and the Philadelphia School of Pharmacy. He began practicing medicine in Pennsylvania in 1861 at the age of twenty-one. During the Civil War, Fahrney left Pennsylvania and moved to Chicago. His practice grew from general practice to the manufacturing of natural remedies which were sold nationwide. His factory burned down in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but he was back in business within days. The Fahrney & Sons Company, and his uncle, Daniel, manufactured similar products under Dr. Daniel Fahrney & Son. The ledger is most likely Fahrney's first: it begins in his first year of practice and, in addition to patient accounting records, includes costs of building his office, digging the foundation, laboratory supplies, etc. An original order form for Dr. Fahrney's blood vitalizer is included. Many patients are listed. Included in the front of the ledger and stapled to the frond endpaper are three notarized statements authenticating the ledger. The first is by Edward J. Ryan of Cook County, Illinois, a former employee of Dr. Fahrney, swearing to the authenticity of the ledger and confirming the handwriting found within is that of the doctor. A statement of John E. Burget confirms the validity of 21 of the persons named in the ledger with notes added: John W. Brumbaugh - My Grandfather; George W. Brumbaugh - My Mother's Uncle; John Dilling - Farmer; Dr. John Wengert - Drugs; Samuel Grabill - Merchant; David Wineland - Black smith; J.C. Sanders - Druggist; Daniel M. Holsinger - Minister; and several more. An affidavit of Christie Meyers, a former patient and friend of the doctor, confirms that Fahrney had a practice in Fredericksburg, PA. Bound in custom later smooth calf morrocco boards, gilt-lettered spine with raised spine bands, with a custom matching slipcase, lightly rubbed. Pages are tanned with dampstaining and spotting throughout. Tan smooth calf morocco boards. Good, in custom matching slipcase, good. Item #2085

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