Daily Archives: April 20, 2012

Drs. Crane & Wescott, Quarterly Bill, May, 27, 1874

Ah, my friends, read and weep! Imagine receiving a $55.00 bill total from your doctor for service’s rendered during your baby’s birth and being able to pay it off on an installment basis over the course of a year. And your doctor does not send you constant monthly reminders–just quarterly ones; how seemingly civilized, friendly, and do-able. The bill to which I am referring is below, and it relates to professional services provided to William and Wealthy Woodruff on November 24, 1873, the date their first child Jennie Belle Woodruff was born (the couple had six children altogether–all girls). Alas, in today’s currency, that is the equivalent of $1,047.00–so no small sum after all! But, the quarterly reminders are still a nice thought. And fear not, they had plenty of time to save up for the birth of child #2, Flora; she did not arrive until four years later!

P.S. Check out those office hours!


Image from my family’s personal collection


William E. Woodruff, b. October 4, 1848; Photo taken on 20 April 1872 at Bostwick’s, 743 Broadway, NY, NY (Image from my family’s personal collection)

Jennie Belle Woodruff, the first of six daughters (Nov. 24, 1873 - Oct. 20, 1955) - Cropped from a photo in my family's personal collection)

Jennie Belle Woodruff, the first of six daughters (Nov. 24, 1873 – Oct. 20, 1955) – Cropped from a photo in my family’s personal collection)

Quarterly bill for medical services from my family’s private archives

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