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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Athens in Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario — Central Canada (North America)

Athens Medical History

Athens Medical History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Robert Rusaw, August 8, 2022
1. Athens Medical History Marker
Inscription.  No one in need, or ill, ever lacked care or attention if Aunt Sarah knew about it. In 1891, Aunt Sarah was a practical nurse, midwife and a devout Quaker who was loved by all. She brought babies into the world, tended the sick, comforted the bereaved, and prepared bodies for burial. She was continuing the work of another Quaker, Eliza Parish, who had begun that good work decades earlier when Farmersville was still a new community. Dr. C. Cornell convinced Sarah to open up her house for use as a hospital to avoid the hard journey tp Brockville. Many operations were carried out there to the benefit of both patient and doctor.

Within a few years of starting the village's first drugstore in 1863, Dr Giles sold out to J. P. Lamb, a dentist, entrepreneur and future reeve of Athens. He expanded the business with his own line of patent medicines that became known far and wide. Others contributed to our rich history like the faith healer Arza Sherman and Mother Barnes with her natural remedies. Over the years, many talented and hard working country doctors have dedicated their lives to their community and to their patients. Today efficient
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and modern health care services are provided in Athens central community focused facility. The tradition of country medical care continues.

Erected by Township of Athens.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkScience & Medicine.
Location. 44° 37.64′ N, 75° 57.082′ W. Marker is in Athens, Ontario, in Leeds and Grenville United Counties. Marker is at the intersection of Wellington Street East and Henry Street, on the left when traveling west on Wellington Street East. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11 Wellington St East, Athens ON K0E 1B0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Farmersville Model School (within shouting distance of this marker); Jeffrey Boats (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Brockville & Westport Railway (about 90 meters away); Former Murals (about 90 meters away); First World War Memorial (about 120 meters away); Main Street of Athens Looking East (about 120 meters away); War Memorial (about 150 meters away); 100 Acre Farm and Log Buildings circa 1700 (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 9, 2022, by Robert Rusaw of Massena, New York. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 13 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 9, 2022, by Robert Rusaw of Massena, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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Dec. 8, 2023