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Title: The Great Mineral Springs
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Samuel Story was the accidental discoverer of the Mudlavia Cure, and around it has been built the best known and most successful health resort in the United States.

It was in August, 1884, when Sam Story was forced to dig a drainage ditch on the land. Sam had contracted rheumatism during the war and when he returned to his little cabin, which stood where the big tanks now are, the pains with which he was afflicted made it difficult for him to till the soil on the little piece of ground he had leased down in the valley. At that time the lithia spring gurgled out of the hillside and was more or less troublesome because its crystal floods kept acres and acres of land in a boggy condition. Though Sam was filled with aches and pains, it became necessary for him to cut a ditch through this bog. It was a hot day, so that Sam, limpy of foot and up to his knees in the mud he was shoveling, drank copiously of the water. His work led him to perspire, so that, between drinking the water and discharging it through his pores, and unconsciously poulticing his legs with mud, he went through a course similar to that which now makes Mudlavia famous. His work too him a number of days and he was much suprised to notice that his "rheumatiz" disappeared gradually until it was all gone. Sam still lives in the vicinity of Mudlavia.

Two years after Sam's discovery a vigorous, hustling young fellow appeared at the springs and his wonderful foresight pictured a great future for the pure water bubbling up from the sticky mud. He leased the ground, soon began the erection of a hotel and, having the wonderful gift of letting the world know what had been found, it was not long until afflicted people began pouring into the resort. It was a struggle, of course, to take that black mud, on a farm five miles from a railroad, and convert it into a commodity, and the men with courage to attempt it and ability to carry it to success could be counted on the fingers of one hand.

It took the active brain of Harry L. Kramer, his executive genius, to grasp the possibilities of this great offering of nature and carry it to a successful climax.

Mr. Kramer made a world-wide reputation by building up the Sterling Remedy Company, which made the famous Cascarets and other remedies, and was recognized as the greatest advertiser in the United States. His originality and never-ceasing faith in his own ability was rewarded by placing his business at the head of its class and its success a wonder to those engaged in the same line as well as to the laity. A few years ago Mr. Kramer, now managing many other interests, felt the need of relaxation in business and he disposed of the Sterling Remedy Company at a price made by him and at that time one of the largest transactions ever recorded in that line.

Around Mudlavia clustered the sentiment of early struggles, the experiences of first success, and so Mr. Kramer would not dispose of that. He now associated with him his two sons, Will, who was given the management of extensive mining interests near Joplin, Missouri, and Robert B., who became president and general manager of the Indiana Springs Company, owners of Mudlavia. So, for twenty-six years Mudlavia has been under one continuous management and is still directed by its originator.

Robert B. Kramer has been at Mudlavia since childhood and has in reality grown up with the big institution. He had inherited much of his father's business genius and remarkable foresight, so that Mudlavia has kept apace with the best known institutions of this character. A handsome new brick addition has just been added to the hotel, which was all rebuilt and refurnished. The hotel is beautifully decorated and is one of the most complete resort hotels in this country. Taste, comfort, harmonious and artictic effect have all been considered in making the improvements and Warrne county may well feel pride in the knowledge that she has within her borders an institution that challenges the admiration of all who see it and is endorsed by guests of much experience in travel as being equal to the best in this and foreign countries.

More than thirty thousand people have been treated at Mudlavia, and its reputation extends from ocean to ocean and from lake to gulf. The Mudlavia treatment is original and exclusive to this institution and has been developed so that it covers the successful treatment of a number of diseases.

It is to the credit of Warren county that it is the home of Harry L. Kramer, whose great success in the world of business started here, and alike creditable that it is the home of Mudlavia. Its four hundred thousand dollar investment is of direct interest and its world-wide reputation brings wide publicity to and puts Warren county in direct touch with the four corners of the globe.

About the same time John P. Hunter, owner of a similar spring, near that owned by Heath, commenced to improve his springs, and opened up hit hotel there in July, 1891, the same costing ten thousand dollars.

These springs are located in one of the most picturesque places in all Indiana, the one on an eminence and the other has its buildings on lower valley grounds, but both are beauty spots of the state. Only five minutes' walk from Hunter's house is the famous Slip Bank, or Lover's Leap. It is equally curative in its effect, to visit and remain a few months at these springs as though one traveled to far away Hot Springs, Arkansas, or South Dakota. The noted springs of French Lick and those of Pennsylvania at Bedford, as well as those found in Old Virginia are no better in health-giving results than those in this county.


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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001269
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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