Whooping Cough Treatments Included Cough Syrup Recipe

Family treasured valuable cough syrup recipe as one of many whooping cough treatments.

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In the days when whooping cough was common, and children whooped for weeks or even months afterward, this recipe was one of the whooping cough treatments, and it was considered highly valuable – even in our family of teetotalers.

"Take equal parts of strained honey, olive oil and whiskey and mix well. Give a teaspoonful three times a day."

Louise Fowler Roote
Topeka, Kansas


Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then CAPPER’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from CAPPER’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community.