Looking Back 11/9

Cornelius C. Jadwin was the second son of Henry B. Jadwin and Alice G. (Plumb) Jadwin, who were married in 1832 at Canaan Corners in Wayne County, PA. Cornelius was born in Carbondale in 1835 and worked as a civil engineer on the D&H Gravity Railroad, also training as a pharmacist. In 1862 he moved to Honesdale, where he purchased a drug store in Liberty Hall, moving in 1869 to the Jadwin Building, at the corner of Eighth and Main streets. A prominent Republican, he served one term in Congress from 1881 to 1883.

Jadwin’s Subduing Liniment, introduced in 1866, was extremely popular. According to Illustrated Wayne County, “Its merits are so pronounced that a regular medical journal recently called attention to it as being one of the ‘most desirable all-around remedies in the whole array of proprietary preparations. The preparation known as Jadwin’s Pectoralis—a remedy for coughs, bronchitis and colds—has become the sole reliance of families all over the broad land for relief of these ills.’”

From the collection of the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St., Honesdale. The museum and research library are open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a. m. to 4 p. m.


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