THE MICHIGAN DAILY
FRIDAY. DECEMBER 19. 1951
THE FAMILY PHYSICIAN':
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University Acclaims Fabulous Fakir
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By LARRY BUSH
Do exams give you a headache?
Well don't reach for the aspirin
instead, run to the Michigan His-
torical Collections and find a cure
in "The Family Physician," a tome
written, published and ballyhooed
by 19th century Ann Arbor's fab-
ulpus fakir, "Dr." Alvin W. Chase.
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FROM the middle of the 1800's
until the first part of the present
century almost every respectable
family in these parts owned at
least two books, the Bible and
"Dr." Chase's "Family Physician."
And at one time or another dur-
ing his famous or infamous ca-
reer, this same Chase was called
"the grand quack of all quacks,"
"Ann Arbor's first citizen," "a
publications' pirate," and the
"University's most influential pro-
moter and advertiser."
The contradictory titles tacked
to the "Doctor" seem to fit the
man perfectly. Although he
claimed to be a graduate of the
University's Medical School, he
actually had never studied at
this or any other university.
Yet he was once nominated for
mayor of Ann Arbor and was
praised to the skies by Presi-
dent Erostus O. Haven and oth-
er influential citizens.
CHASE CHASE'S ADVERTISEMENT
". ..the grand quack of all quacks"
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For "Dr." Chase sold the Uni-
versity in his publications, along
with his boiled-toad cures for
rheumatism and chimney soot cof-
fee for ague. While the University
publicly fought medical quackery
Chase blandly hitched his book to
its star by interlarding text with
pictures of the campus and sta-
Botany Class Hosts Students
In New Experimental Building!
By PHYLLIS WILLAR
The horticulture classes of the
botany department played host to
students interested in botany yes-
terday at an open house in the
new structure built on the site of
the Botanical Gardens.
The completely modern building
was originally intended both for
Phoenix Project use and for the
botany course. When plans were
changed, all the space was given
to Prof. Elzada U. Clover, botany
department, for her experimental
work in plants.
BOTANY students now work in
glass-enclosed clasrooms 'and a
well equipped greenhouse. With all
the facilities necessary for ex-
perimental work right. at hand,
the students can do more exten-
sive work than the cramped quar-
Football Ace Rates
One football fullback who must
hit the books as hard as he hits
the line is Richard E. Balzhiser,
President Harlan H. Hatcher an-
nounced that Balzhiser had earned
a two-year scholastic average of
3.85, which is only slightly shy of
an all A average.
ters of the Natural Science build-
ing allowed in past years.
Members, of the Botany II
classes showed visitors around
the large, colorful, and comfort-
ably modern lecture room, hub
of activity. Next to the lecture
room is the potting shed where
soils for different plant experi-
ments are carefully mixed.
A plant-starting machine has
been installed so that varieties
which ordinarilly take months to
grow can rapidly mature. A
streamlined cold room standing
next to a greenhouse is for the
exclusive use of the students.
With an ample five-feet work-
ing space apiece, students can
carry on more elaborate and dif-
ficult problems which require
the special equipment now avail-
able to them.
Projects being carried on in-
clude growing orchids from seeds,
crossing albino plants with ones
containing chlorophyll, and nur-
turing various kinds of plants on
different types of soils. All stu-
dents have to try their hand at
grafting and crossing plants of
Prof. Clover, who was instru-
mental in obtaining the new build-
ing for plant experimentation, will
now leave her project temporarily
to accept a sabbatical for comple-
tion of her study on the flora of
Texas and Mexico.
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tistics emphasizing the low tui-
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NOT ONLY did Chase help sell
the University to prospective stu-
dents, but he even put some
In his biography of Chase, to
be found in the collections in the
Rackham Bldg., Fred Kerwin
gives the following quotation
from Montana Sen. Burton K.
Wheeler, '05. "While I was a
freshman at the Ann Arbor Law
school I sold Chase's recipe
book through Whiteside and
Rock Island Counties, Ill. The
second year I sold them
throughout southern Illinois and
made enough money doing so
to enable me to go through col-
At the dedication of Chase's new
printing plant in 1868 a crowd es-
timated at 5000 tramped through
the shop. A host of important peo-
ple including faculty members of
the University attended.
Toasts were rendered by Presi-
dent'Haven .of the University and
President Jocelyn of Albion Col-
lege. Both educators spoke long
and loud of the "doctor's" great
accomplishments. Present and ap-
plauding were the editors of the
Detroit Advertiser and the De-
detroit Post, and following the
banquet their respective papers
made great mention of the phe-
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THE FOLLOWING year, 1869,
Chase sold his business including
Dunham To Attend
New York Meetin~g
Prof. Arthur Dunham of the
School of Social Work will at-
tend a meeting of the board of di-
rectors of the Association for the
Study of Community Organization
today in New York City.
the copyrights of his book to R.
H. Beal and left for Minnesota.
Under the terms of the sale Chase
forfeited his right to engage in
the printing business in Michi-
gan as long as Beal remained in
But by 1872 Chase was back
in Ann Arbor trying to get his
hands on his former enterprise.
Beal wouldn't budge so Chase
organized the Ann Arbor Print-
ing and Publishing Co. with
Prof. James C. Watson, and
University Regent Henry S.
Dean as backers. Ignoring the
terms of sale he began to pub-
lish a pirated version of his
recipe book and a new weekly
newspaper, "The Ann Arbor
Beal immediately got an injunc-
tion against Chase which ended
the first piracy of his own book.
But Chase was not to be van-
quished that easily. In 1881he
moved to Toledo and with the aid
of his Michigan backers returned
to the old standby, "The Fam-
ily Physician" - with the copy-
righted material he had sold to
At the peak of his career in
1869, Chase had risen from an ob-
scure, self-educated man peddling
a 16-page pamphlet from door to
door to a nationally prominent
figure selling a 400-page book that
was already in its 50th edition. And
all this in the short span of 13
Washtenaw's Board of County
Canvassers met yesterday to pre-
pare a gubernatorial recount state-
ment for the State Board of Can-
vassers, County Clerk Luella M.
State Board of Canvassers chair-
man D. Hale Brake had asked for
Mrs. Smith said the county
group probably will use official
canvass figures for Ypsilanti town-
ship precincts three and five which
were disputed during the ballot re-
If the official canvass tally is
used in the preparation of the
statement, G. G. Mennen Wil-
liams' net gain of 58 votes over
his Republican opponent, Fred M.
Alger, Jr., will stand.
Ballots will still be kept sealed
and in the custody of the County
Clerk until it is known whether
there will be a Senatorial recount,
from FOX SPORTS
Gun Cleaning Kit
Punching Bag and
Gloves and Mittens
NOW FOR T H E W A T E R-Carpenter Ruben'Mark-
strom and wife plan to move 14-foot, 225-pound boat he built in,
Chicago living room, through a window enroute to summer home.:k
baby carriages are a feature of this bus shown at the annual Com-
mercial Vehicle Transport Exhibition in Earl's Court, London.
RED ENVOY -_Georgi
N. Zarubin, new Soviet Ambas-
sador to the U. S., smiles in
Washington after calling on
Secretary of State Acheson. He
succeeds Alexander Panyushkin.
READYING MONO-RAIL TRAIN MODEL-w orkmen putfinishing touches
en model of mono-rail super-speed train before demonstration on test course near Cologne, Germany.
Foreign scientists claim train is as fast as some airplanes and "absolutely safe.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, Scientist
1833 Washtenaw Ave.
9:30 A.M.: Sunday School.
11:00 A.M.: Sunday Morning Services.
Dec. 21-Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved
by Atomic Force?
11:00 A.M.: Primary Sunday School during the
5:00 P.M.: Sunday Evening Service.
8:00 P.M.: Wednesday: Testimonial Service.
A free reading room is maintained at 339 South
Main Street where the Bible and all authorized
Christian Science literature may be read, bor-
rowed, or purchased.
The Reading Room is open daily except Sundays
and holidays from 11 to 5, Friday evenings from
7 to 9, and Sunday afternoons from 2:30 to
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Rev. Leonard Parr
ST. ANDREW'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
No. Division at Catherine
Rev. Henry Lewis, Rector
Miss Ada Mae Ames, Counselor for Women
8:00 A.M.: Holy Communion.
9:00 A.M.: Holy Communion.
11:00 A.M.: Church School.
11:00 A.M.: Morning Prayer. Sermon by the Rev.
4:00 P.M.: Christmas Pageant.
Monday St. Thomas 7:00 A.M.: Holy Communion.
Christmas Eve 5:00 P.M.: Family service;
11:30 P.M.: Holy Communion.
Christmas Day 8:00 A.M. and 10:00 A.M.: Holy
BETHLEHEM EVANGELICAL AND
423 South Fourth Ave.
Walter S. Press, Pastor
William H. Bos, Minister to Students
Irene Applin Boice, Director of Music
10:45 A.M.: Worship service, sermon by the
pastor, subject: "How Shall We Receive Him?"
7:30 P.M.: Christmas Candlelight and Carol
Maj. Gen. Samuel D. Sturgis,
Jr., has been named by the
Army as new Chief of Army
Engineers succeeding Lieut. Gen.
Lewis A. Pick who is retiring.
I N S E A R C H O F C O S M I C D A T A-The U. S. CoastGuard cutter Eastwind steams
past an iceberg off the Greenland coast during high altitude cosmic ray investigations conducted by
the Office of Naval Research. On the ship's stern is a platform from which plastic balloons carrying
scientific instruments were launched into the skies over the geomagnetic pole area.
10:00 A.M.: Church School.
10:45 A.M.: Morning Worship.
CONGREGATIONAL DISCIPLES GUILD
Tuesday Student Tea: 4:30-6:00.
There will be a Christmas Supper and festivities
from 5:00-7:00 at the Guild House.
FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH
1917 Washtenaw Avenue
Edward H. Redman, Mimister
Mrs W S Ricknell[ Parish Asistant
(Sponsored by the Christian Reformed Churches
Washtenaw at Forest
Rev. Leonard Verduin, Director
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