Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Luyties Monument, Bellefonatine Cemetery

This is most likely the grave of Dr. Herman Luyties, the pioneer of homeopathic treatments for aches and pains. His company still survives. On the day we visited, the protective covering over the statue had fogged over, leaving the woman's sculpture inside shrouded in a surreal mist. The Grave Hunter has some additional information on the statue here.
Photos by Jeff Phillips

3 comments:

  1. Tom Maher - KirkwoodJanuary 17, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Odd this should pop up here - at least for me.
    I have recently been using PRID, which is an ancient "drawing salve" to hasten the ejection of a splinter of ? from my foot.
    Intrigued by the label, which claims it is made in STL by the Walker Pharmacal Company, 63108, I've been making some enquiries. It turns out "Walker" was a name used by the Luyties Company, which built a cool and important building at 4200 Laclede, now converted into some bigga-buck condos.
    It also turns out that the Luyties Company does not exist, having been bought by the outfit in the link supplied by Chris; this happened around 2000 or so.
    It also turns out that the PRID product has been made only in CA since at least 2000-01, according to its pharmacist. I don't like the false advertising...

    Herman Luyties, the son of the founder of the company (1857), was quite a character; he is actually buried in front of the famous maiden, while his wife and the rest of the family are buried some distance away...

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    1. Evidently you like the fraudulent homeopathy well enough.

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  2. Thanks for the information, Tom. That website did seem a little weird about it relation to Luyties.

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