Josephine Long Prescription Book

Josephine Long Prescription Book

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Finding Aid by: Nikki Stoddard Schofield, January 2013


Biographical Note:

Josephine Lovetta Morris was born October 27, 1873 to Dr. Aaron W. and Margaret Morris.  In 1880, the family was living in Monroe, Howard County, Indiana.  Aaron was 42; Margaret, 44; Florence E., 21; Mary E.C., 19; Jonathan B., 17; Carrie J., 16; and Josephine L., 6.  Twenty years later, the federal census taker recorded the family in Honey Creek, Howard County, thus: Aaron, 62; Margaret, 64; Florence, 41, dressmaker; and Josephine, 26, milliner.

In 1920, Josephine (45) was married and living in Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana, with her husband, M. G. Long, age 50; daughter Frances M., age 7. Also in the household was Josephine’s oldest sister, Florence Morris, age 60, single.  In 1930, the census reported the family in Kokomo: William G. Long, 62, salesman; Josephine, 57; Florence Morris, 71; and Frances M., 18.

Josephine Lovetta Morris Long died August 31, 1936, at the age of 62.


Scope and Content:

The small ledger book contains 164 pages.  On the cover, written in ink, is: Josephine L. Morris, Rockville, Ind., January 20, 1879. The first 38 pages contain remedies for various health problems, such as: “For Rhumitisem” (sp.?) on page 20; “For Broncal (sp.?) trouble or cough” on page 21; and “To relieve cloudy condition in urine” on page 24. On page 40, there are two advertisement clippings, one for Jeculin made by the Upjohn Company, and one for Parke-Davis Haliver Oil.  Pages 41 through 94 are blank.  From page 95 through the inside back cover, Josephine recorded financial information, such as government bonds and bank certificates from 1919 through 1938.

Among the other items in the collection are: a letter to Josephine L. Long addressed “Dear daughter,” dated Russiaville, Ind., December 24, 1907, from M.M. Morris; two deposit slips from Union Bank & Trust Company, Kokomo; a grape wine recipe; prescriptions on imprinted forms; various cards and notes; and cures for bronchitis, discharging ear, gall stones, and worms. 

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Collection Inventory:

1879 Ledger
1907 Letter from M. M. Morris to her daughter Josephine Long
n. d. Various cards and notes
n. d. Prescriptions on imprinted forms
n. d.  Cures for several medical problems

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 1folder
Collection Dates: 1879-1938
Provenance:  Flea market purchase, March 1981
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use.
Restrictions:  None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English.
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MA BA 6-13-2013