The little treasures that can found when cleaning out old files in an even much older building are fascinating. Take, for instance, a yellowed and tattered newspaper section from the Dec. 21, 1899 edition of The National Tribune: Washington, D.C.

The paper caught my eye as we are all being inundated with proper procedures and resource information for taking care of our personal health. The advertisements for cures are many in this old paper, but the one that stands out is the “marvelous powers of world-famed treatment” from Dr. T.A. Slocum, which was comprised of “four separate preparations.”

Should we research this magical concoction?

“Slocum cures weak lungs, consumption, catarrh, bronchitis, and all pulmonary diseases,” the ad proclaims. “It cannot fail, and has been proven in thousands of instances in every state.”

The first thing I had to do was look up catarrh (mucus buildup), then I Googled the esteemed Dr. T.A. Slocum. The results presented in my search included words like fraud and quack. Not good endorsements.

The moral of this story is, wash your hands, keep your distance, wash your hands, stay home if you’re sick, and wash your hands.

Chamber member events

Tune in tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. for our monthly radio show on “Charlotte County Speaks,” WCCF New Radio, 100.9 FM, 1580 AM. Mike McLellan, our director of membership will update listeners about the chamber happenings and chat with a special guest or two.

Later tomorrow afternoon at 5:30 we will be celebrating the relocation of C&F Movers to 11503 SW County Road 769 in Lake Suzy. Please attend and celebrate with us. It will be a fabulous event!

On Wednesday we will all be mingling and munching at the monthly Networking at Noon luncheon at The Grill 1951. It’s located at - you guessed it - 1951 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte and will start at - you guessed it again - noon. We are happy to have them as a new member of our chamber family.

Our dedicated Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Sustaining Partners will be celebrated at an exclusive event on Wednesday night while partaking of the night game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox. Have I mentioned which businesses are included on our Sustaining Partner roster? Not recently? Well, here they are:

PLATINUM LEVEL- Bayfront Health; Buffalo Graffix; Chapman Insurance Group; Charlotte County Ford; Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center; Charlotte State Bank and Trust; The Charlotte Sun; Harbor Style Magazine; Integrity Employee Leasing, Inc.; MonarchDIRECT; Waste Management of Charlotte County; and Worksite, LLC.

DIAMOND LEVEL: Ashley, Brown and Company, CPAs; Centennial Bank; Farr Law Firm; Nix and Associates Real Estate, LLC; Olsen, Lynch & Wright, CPAs PA; Panther Hollow Dental Lodge; Tampa Bay Rays; and St. Andrews South Golf Club.

EMERALD LEVEL: Fawcett Memorial Hospital; Florida SouthWestern State College-Charlotte Campus; Friendly Floors; Nolan Family Insurance Agency; Port Charlotte Florist; Premier Photographic Events, LLC; Sandhill Healing Center, Inc.; South Port Square; WhitCo Insurance - Alexia Martin Agency; and The Wyvern Hotel.

Our Sustaining Partners are one of the most important components of the continued long-term success of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, and we thank them.

Thursday will be Environmental/Agriculture Day for the Leadership Charlotte Class of 2020. Truth-be-told, this is one of my favorite days. Maybe because it involves everything from water treatment to the landfill to wildlife to wading and everything in between.

Planning ahead for next week, our monthly Third Wednesday Coffee membership meeting will be held at Buffalo Wings & Rings, 1020 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte beginning at 7:15 a.m. Along with our gracious host sponsor, we will also hear an update from nonprofit member Valerie’s House, followed by a presentation from Dave Gammon, the director of the Charlotte County Economic Development Office. Do you want to know the recent scoop about what’s happening in our community? This is the perfect opportunity. (Don’t be one of the chamber members who forget and show up at the wrong location!)

Order now

According to the aforementioned newspaper advertisement, “Dr. Slocum has decided to send to all who apply the full FREE course of treatment.” All you needed to do was write to him and state you read the announcement in The National Tribune. I wonder how much the postage is to 1899. Maybe I’ll just buy the old empty aqua-blue bottom on Etsy for $20 instead. And wash my hands.

Teri Ashley is the executive director of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, with offices in both Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte. She can be reached at 941-639-2222 or at


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