S. B. Kitchel’s Liniment, Coldwater, Michigan

According to Glen Hughes, “Simon B. Kitchel had enjoyed a varied and successful career.  Coming to Coldwater, MI after the Civil War, he practiced law and served the county as prosecutor and the city as mayor.  Kitchel compounded and sold the famous “Kitchel’s Liniment”  —  “Good for man or beast” — that became a household word throughout the country.”  He also founded a local newspaper, the Daily Reporter, as “Mr. Kitchel had acquired a considerable amount of printing equipment to handle the labels and advertising for his product, and he conceived the idea that a newspaper was the answer to the problem of seasonal shut-downs.”

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Bottle embossed “S. B. Kitchel’s Liniment”


Wikipedia notes that “Liniment is a medicated topical preparation for application to the skin. Sometimes called balms, liniments are of a similar or lesser viscosity than lotions and are rubbed in to create friction, unlike lotions, ointments or creams.  Liniments are typically sold to relieve pain and stiffness, such as from sore muscles or arthritis. These are typically formulated from alcohol, acetone, or similar quickly evaporating solvents and contain counterirritant aromatic chemical compounds such as methyl salicilate, benzoin resin, or capsaicin.  Liniments have been around since antiquity.

Liniments are commonly used on horses following exercise, applied either by rubbing on full-strength, especially on the legs; or applied in a diluted form, usually added to a bucket of water and sponged on the body. They are also useful in hot weather to help cool down a horse after working, the alcohol cooling through rapid evaporation, and counterirritant oils dilating capillaries in the skin, increasing the amount of blood releasing heat from the body.”

Page from Images of America: Coldwater by Randall Hazelbaker, 2004

Page from Images of America: Coldwater
by Randall Hazelbaker, 2004

Excerpt from A Twentieth Century History and Biographical Record of Branch County, Michigan by Henry Park Collin, 1906, pg 380-382.

Excerpt from A Twentieth Century History and Biographical Record of Branch County, Michigan by Henry Park Collin, 1906, pg 380-382.

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1889 ad for S. B. Kitchel’s Liniment

From An Illustrated Souvenir Edition of Branch County, Michigan, Comprising Coldwater, Union City, Quincy and Bronson, 1900

From An Illustrated Souvenir Edition of Branch County, Michigan, Comprising Coldwater, Union City, Quincy and Bronson, 1900

Kitchel's Liniment Paper - Published by S. B. Kitchel Company, Coldwater, Michigan - 1890

Kitchel’s Liniment Paper – Published by S. B. Kitchel Company, Coldwater, Michigan – 1890

Endorsement for Kitchel's Liniment, Showing Barney Oldfield Riding a Bicycle, 1896.  Automobile racing legend Barney Oldfield began his racing career on two wheels. In 1894, the sixteen-year-old Ohioan entered his first bicycle race -- he finished second. Over the next several years, the young cyclist competed in a number of competitions throughout the country. The budding showman also found time to promote various products, like Kitchel's Liniment.

Endorsement for Kitchel’s Liniment, Showing Barney Oldfield Riding a Bicycle, 1896. Automobile racing legend Barney Oldfield began his racing career on two wheels. In 1894, the sixteen-year-old Ohioan entered his first bicycle race — he finished second. Over the next several years, the young cyclist competed in a number of competitions throughout the country. The budding showman also found time to promote various products, like Kitchel’s Liniment.

From Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1907

From Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1907

Page from The Horse Review, Volume 32, by  J.C. Bauer, 1905, pg 892.

Page from The Horse Review, Volume 32, by J.C. Bauer, 1905, pg 892.

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6 Responses to S. B. Kitchel’s Liniment, Coldwater, Michigan

  1. Lori Fuelling says:

    Thanks for this great article. I just purchased a vintage liniment bottle and this really helped in researching it.

  2. Kevin Hughes says:

    Just bought a Kitchell’s Liniment today, a large 9″ one! Thanks for the info!

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  4. Gordy Hubenet says:

    This page was very helpful. I’m a collector of Michigan medicines and I have all the S. B. Kitchels products he made Windpuff cure , hair tonic cure, spavin cure I would like to use some this information. In a book I’m writing a book on Michigan medicine’s in the future. I would like to use some of this.

  5. C. F. William Maurer says:

    Enjoyed your research for another reason. I collect “Ulster County Gazette” newspapers. This is the most copied and reproduced American newspaper. There are two originals in the Smithsonian and many copies. The first issue was on January 4, 1800 for Washington’s death and funeral. Rarely is there a date letting the collector know of when and by whom it is printed. An issue I have has an ad by S. B. Kitchel on the front page with his picture and the Wind Puff Cure and inside big print down the margins “KITCHEL’S LINIMENT RELIEVES ACHES AND PAIN LIKE MAGIC” AND “KITCHEL’S LINIMENT THE KING LINIMENT OF ALL TIME.” Figure this must be from Mr. Kitchel’s newspaper experience. Any one have an ideas? Thank you. Do check out an old article I wrote on: “The Ulster County Gazette” – | C. F. William Maurer – Academia.edu
    http://www.academia.edu/9786551/_The_Ulster_County_Gazette_

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