Dr. Franklin L. Miles
Born circa 1845 in Ohio. Graduated from Rush Medical College 1874. Moved medical practice from Chicago to Elkhart 1875. Began The Dr. Miles Medical Company 1885 to sell Dr. Miles' Nervine, Restorative Nerve and Liver pills, and other medicines; Miles was a Director and President of company. Purchased land here, on corner of Fourth and Franklin, 1900.
Began Dr. Miles New U.S. Weather Almanac and Handbook of Valuable Information 1902. Incorporated Grand Dispensary Medical Company 1904; sold drugs and diagnosed patients by mail. Miles moved to Florida 1906; became a farmer. Medical Company's original incorporation was dissolved 1912. Miles died 1929; is buried in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Elkhart.
Erected 2007 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Elkhart County Historical Society, Radiology Inc, and Ruthmere Foundation Inc. (Marker Number 20.2007.2.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Science & Medicine
Location. 41° 40.97′ N, 85° 58.575′ W. Marker is in Elkhart, Indiana, in Elkhart County. Marker is at the intersection of W. Franklin Street and S. 4th Street, on the left when traveling west on W. Franklin Street. Located on the grounds of the Hartzler, Gutermuth & Inman funeral home, just a few feet south of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 403 W Franklin Street, Elkhart IN 46516, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elkhart High School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles Gordone (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elkhart County Revolutionary Soldiers Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); E. Hill Turnock (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elkhart Carnegie Public Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bucklen Opera House (approx. ¼ mile away); Elkhart River Wharves (approx. half a mile away); C.G. Conn Company (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elkhart.
Also see . . .
1. History of Alka-Seltzer. History of Alka-Seltzer mentions Dr. Miles. (Submitted on July 23, 2011, by Dave Zollinger of Goshen, Indiana.)
2. Indiana Historical Bureau (IHB). The IHB provides reference notes on the text of this marker. (Submitted on February 6, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
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