NORTH MANCHESTER — Have you ever wondered how people took care of their teeth in the days before North Manchester became a town? What did people use before they were able to pick up a tube of toothpaste at the local drugstore? As it turns out, it sometimes involved the ashes of ox hooves and burned eggshells.
To learn what dentistry was really like 150 years ago, plan to attend the North Manchester Historical Society’s program Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. The program will be held in the Assembly Room at Timbercrest Retirement Community, 2201 East Street, at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend at no cost.
Dr. Russ Gilliom, who retired from private practice after 38 years of dentistry, will be the presenter for the evening. Dr. Gilliom has a passion for history serving as president of the Whitley County Historical Society and also the 30th Indiana Civil War Re-enactors. He enjoys giving presentations on a variety of historical subjects with emphasis on Civil War medicine, other 1860s topics and early Indiana history.
In addition to the love of history, he and his wife have been on numerous dental mission trips including to India, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico and in the United States. Gilliom has had the opportunity to help establish four dental treatment centers overseas.
A resident of rural Churubusco, Gilliom has been married to his wife, Lois, for 43 years. They have two children and six grandchildren.