I read about this in her book, and did a little research on it. The findings proved very interesting. Dr. Yoeman’s was not cured by the “Keeley Gold Cure” and left the institute in worse shape than she came, going to a sanitorium afterwards. She eventually heard of John Dowie and made her way to his Healing Home in Chicago, where she was healed and became a member of his church.
“In The 1890’s, Alcoholics lined up for the Keeley Gold Cure”
The Sorensen family was restoring the place for operation as an apartment house Mrs. Sorensen riffled through a stack of yellowing papers dating from the 1890s. “Listen to this,” she called to her husband.
Sorensen paused to listen. Mrs. Sorensen read aloud:
“Absolutely reliable! There is neither doubt, experiment or uncertainty in this matter. We cure everybody who comes to us for treatment!
“If you desire to be rescued, saved, completely cured and restored, redeemed from the curse of drink, come to us and we will cure you!”
The Sorensens were discovering that they owned all that remained of the Keeley Institute, Blair’s main attraction 100 years ago. The place was built in 1891, sitting across Front Street from the depot. Alcoholics by the hundreds, finding the Nineties not so gay, found refuge here for the salvation promised by the Keeley Cure.
The Sorensens studied the pages of the advertisement and calculated the revenues. Rates were $25 a week, plus $5 for meals. Two people were assigned to each of the 25 rooms. Thus, 50 guests paying $30 a week produced $1,500 a week in revenue.
What was the attraction?
The gold cure. The answer was in the fragile papers.
“By the use of Double Chloride of Gold remedies discovered and perfected by Dr. Leslie E. Keeley, the liquor, opium, morphine and tobacco habits are completely and permanently cured … The remedies used by us mingle with and disinfect the blood, and totally destroy every vestige of the effects of dissipation, leaving the patient sound and healthy, giving a remarkable increase in nerve, power, vigor and strength.
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