Thomas Brown, salesman for Watkins Company of Winona

Thomas Brown, salesman for Watkins Company of Winona

Thomas Brown, salesman for Watkins' Remedies of Winona, posed with his horse-drawn cart, Lake Benton, c.1900.

Replica of the old J.R. Watkins Wagons

Replica of the old J.R. Watkins Wagons

Scene depicting an old J.R. Watkins wagon and salesman, c.1870.

J.R. Watkins Medical Company

"If not fully satisfied, your money cheerfully refunded." We take statements like this for granted today, but when twenty-eight-year-old entrepreneur Joseph Ray (J.R.) Watkins of Plainview, Minnesota, put that message on a bottle of his Red Liniment, he was a trailblazer.

Martha George Ripley, M.D.

Martha George Ripley, M.D.

Martha George Ripley, M.D., c.1890. Engraver: Samuel Sartain.

Martha George Rogers Ripley

Martha George Rogers Ripley

Martha George Rogers Ripley, c.1868.

Dr. Martha George Rogers Ripley

Dr. Martha George Rogers Ripley

Dr. Martha George Rogers Ripley, c.1905. Photograph by Marcus W. Owens.

Ripley, Martha George (1843–1912)

Dr. Martha Ripley was an early advocate for women's health and welfare. She and her family moved to Minneapolis in 1883, just after she completed medical training at Boston University School of Medicine.

Main building from southwest, State Sanatorium near Walker

Main building from southwest, State Sanatorium near Walker

Main building at the Minnesota State Sanatorium from the southwest, c.1920. Photographer: Charles J. Hibbard.

Children at State Sanatorium near Walker

Children at State Sanatorium near Walker

Child patients at Ah-Gwah-Ching, the state tuberculosis sanatorium at Walker, 1915. Photographer: Charles J. Hibbard. Sanatoria provided treatment and isolation to prevent transmission of the disease.

Children at State Sanatorium near Walker

Children at State Sanatorium near Walker

Group of children at the Minnesota State Sanatorium, 1915. Photographer: Charles J. Hibbard.

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