Peonies, iris, what a wonderful time of year we are enjoying.

Overnight, the leaves  on our many variety of shade trees create a completely different scenery.

Today we are enjoying a spring rain and many of us are hoping it will stick around for a while. Of course, with it will come the ticks and chiggers and snakes. Comes with the season.

It has been said that Native Americans drank our sulphur water and never had to worry about the pests. I have learned lately that hydrogen peroxide seems to reduce the  skin discomfort suffered by my little Jack Russell Terrier.

While enjoying “A Look At The Past” a pictorial journey through McDonald County, compiled and edited by Gayle Foster and Karen Utter-Jennings, I am fascinated by some stories.

“Indian Springs Medicinal Water Cures.

“W. H. Ronald wishes to inform all ‘bald heads’ that he came here six weeks ago in the same awful condition, but that a new growth of hair is covering his ‘bare-footed’ spot. He bathes his head in the medicinal waters several times a day. If you doubt this statement, write him at this place for particulars.”

— from Indian Springs Echo, March 10, 1882, McDCHS collection.

Further, “Mrs Lizzie Adkins was cured of catarrh of the bladder by drinking Indian Springs water. P.M. Fink came here crippled up with rheumatism, he is now able to make rails or do any kind of hard work. G. W. Brittan was cured of hemorrhage of the lungs, of 29 years’ standing, the disease having been contracted in the Army. Mark Selby had been troubled with gravel and kidney disease from boyhood. He is now entirely cured and takes pleasure from recommending the water to all who are sufferers from the same source.

“A physician who spent some time in Indian Springs watching closely the action of the water in diseases describes the action of these waters.”

Just as our television advertising adjures, you will want to check with your own personal doctor before trying any of these cures.

Ms. Foster and Jennings did a great job of collecting stories and histories. Their 2013 issue has proven so popular it has gone back to the publisher for reprints, available at the McDonald County Historical Museum on the square in Pineville.

This year’s opening day is Saturday,  May 24, Lots of exciting activities including games, a dollar raffle (at 2 p.m.) a silent auction from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a live auction at noon, there will be music, animals, food, a chance for everyone to catch up on the progress accomplished over the past year. Museum will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, go to and Volunteers will welcome you and share all of the latest information. A great way to spend the day, bring your children, grandchildren, there is no charge and you might learn something about your community, your town, maybe even your family.

Alberta Anders writes a weekly column for the Daily News.