Dr. B.J.Kendall Company - Enosburg Falls, Vermont
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Vermontish
N 44° 54.659 W 072° 48.200
18T E 673399 N 4975409
Quick Description: Snake oil?
Location: Vermont, United States
Date Posted: 6/10/2009 10:41:57 AM
Waymark Code: WM6JG8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member onfire4jesus
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Long Description:
In the latter part of the nineteenth century, Enosburg Falls was known throughout the land as the home of panaceas and patent medicines that were 'guaranteed' to cure the ills of both man and beast. At least four major fortunes were amassed by local sons in this business.
-- Vermont A Guide to the Green Mountain State

The backstory:

Burney James Kendall (1845-1922) was an 1868 graduate of the University of Vermont's Medical College. During the 1870s, he devised a "cure" for spavin (an equine joint ailment), and incorporated the Dr. B. J. Kendall Company in 1883 to manufacture his horse liniment.

The company's product line gradually expanded to include treatments for a wide variety of animal and human ailments, and the company's wagons ranged far and wide selling the medicines and distributing Kendall's booklets (A Treatise on the Horse and His Diseases and The Doctor at Home). The company's principals became quite wealthy, and Kendall became a community benefactor, not just because of the jobs (see also the Enosburg Opera House).

Kendall sold his share of the company in 1889 and moved to the Midwest, where his fortunes declined, and he became bitter and envious at the success of his former partners. He died in Geneva, Illinois.

Today, Kendall bottles and advertising posters and cards are collector's items, and the factory building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but, sadly, is in a state of disrepair. What windows aren't boarded up are mostly broken, and much of the rear of the building is covered with tarps.

A Kendall wagon in the Dairy Festival Parade (Enosburg Falls, June 2008)

Odd But Otherwise Irrelevant Coincidence Dept.:
There is a BJ's Wholesale Club in Kendall, Florida.

Book: Vermont

Page Number(s) of Excerpt: 198

Year Originally Published: 1937

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