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Holmes - Magnus

Source: Zach, Karen Bazzani.  Montgomery Medicine Men and Women .... Crawfordsville, Indiana: Montgomery County Historical Society 2002.

Dr. Magnus Holmes came to Crawfordsville in 1825, being only one of two doctors (along with Thomas Currey) at this time.  The next year, he married Eliza Ann Ristine in Montgomery County on September 5th.  In an early Crawfordsville newspaper advertisement, Holmes had a call for money!  " As the time is drawing near where I shall start for a new supply of medicines I wish all those indebted to me, either by note or book account, to call and make payment without delay.  I have a considerable amount yet due me for medical services, which I intend to collect if possible during the present winter; having waited as long as reasonable men can require and as long as my circumstances will permit.  I, therefore, hope, that all those concerned will PAY UP, and save trouble and costs.  I presumed that all who have obtained credit in the Drug Store are aware that short settlements are necessary in that establishment; and although the amount due by each may be small, it is necessary that it be promptly paid up before I go on, as a great portion of my stock is credited out in that way and I must have money to recruit with."

As early as 1831, he was trying to convince the legislature of Indiana to build a railroad from Indianapolis to Crawfordsville.  In 1836, his real estate dealings in Crawfordsville created one of the eleven additions to the central city of Montgomery County.  It is not know how many children Eliza and Magnus had, but one son, George W (1841-1910) practiced medicine in Iowa  Sadly, Dr. Magnus Holmes died in 1846 at the age of 35 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.
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