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Les...fortunate    Posted 06-12-2002 at 15:39:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The Rawleigh Man coming to the house. The one we had only came a couple times a year but what a treat that was. He had all kinds of neat stuff in the back of his panel truck.

Fritts Hege    Posted 07-02-2006 at 18:46:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My Grandfather Royal Webster Hege was a Rawleigh Salesman in North Carolina, mainly Lexington, Greensboro and Charlotte, does any one rember him, He sold from the 1930's to 1980's.

beverly huntington    Posted 08-09-2007 at 19:55:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello, I'm looking for Baseball liniment that your grandfather developed under Hege or Pearson. Need it for a gift for Susan Anderson. Suppose she's related to you as well as Bobby and Becky Garrison from Burlington. Any products available?? thanks, beverly

Trish    Posted 01-27-2007 at 05:47:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I dont remember him. I am to young. 51 years of age at the moment.

If anyone is looking for the Rawleigh Products, I am a Rawleigh Dealer and I carry all the available Rawleigh Products which include the home remedies - salves, ointments, liniments, rubs, oils and the spices like cinnamon, black pepper and the flavorings like Rawleighs famous double strength vanilla.

I have a website where you can see all of the Rawleigh products presently available - the link is below this post

Or you can call me at toll free 1-888-520-3012 anytime.

i love the Rawleigh products and have been selling them for about 4 years now. Oh and we still have the pie fillings and we also have gravy mix and soup starter.

email me if you like at
Your Rawleigh Lady :)
Trish Koch

bman    Posted 06-14-2002 at 04:08:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
my great granddad was a rawliegh man. i still have a can of salve

jack    Posted 05-25-2003 at 12:30:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I tracked down an elderly gentleman about 10 years ago who had purchased the remaining stock of Rawliegh products when they went out of business. we had a great conversation. He was selling the remaining stock from his barn. To quote him, "At my age, I'm not walking out to the barn for less than a case sale." $84 later, I received 12 cans of Rawliegh's Ointment (our family cure all) via UPS. The conversation alone was worth the price. I have the address somewhere and will post it for you if and when those particular brain waves ever meet up again. I wish you luck.... I was recently talked out of a can making it questionable whether or not I will outlive my remaining supply.

nellie    Posted 04-23-2003 at 09:23:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]

i need help to find a rawliegh sales person to order a couple cans of salve.

help and thanks

Sally    Posted 03-29-2004 at 17:56:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rawliegh never went out of business! Guess the ole guy was quite a salesman!

Patricia Koch    Posted 10-12-2005 at 08:27:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am a Rawleigh dealer. I love the products and have been selling them by mail for a very long time now. I ship to Canada, United States and the United Kingdom. You can see all of the Rawleigh products available by going to the website below. You can order from my secure website or call me toll free (my # is on my website below)

STop by my website and browse while you remember the old times when your grandmother used to rub one of the wonderful Rawleigh home remedies on your chest. Or maybe she made you drink the Internal Liniment (red liniment) that burned going down but cured what ailed you at the time.

Stop by my site anytime.
God Bless


bob ny    Posted 06-13-2002 at 05:35:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
while your nemberin how bout kaiser,frazer, tucker,hudson,henry j.nash, studerbaker,desota.
and plymouth

Hogman    Posted 06-14-2002 at 02:56:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Owned a 38 Plymouth,traded in on a (new) 49 Frasier,traded tha (new) Frizzle back on a 46 Ford Club Coupe ( or is that COOP?),next was a 52 Studebaker Champion with Over drive. Next was a 54 Chevy LEMON!!!!!57 Ford Fairlane 500 Victoria with T Bird Special engine,WOW, as an old HOT RODDER I loved that thing. Yep Folks I'll addmit ta past sins, I owned a 33 Ford that sucked up about every hotrod in So Cal. Sucker bait it was.

De Soto was a mighty fine automobile,just a Chrysler without all tha gingerbread ,same as tha La Salle was ta Cadilac. Hudson was a fine Car so if Ya remember it just add Terraplane. And if Ya wanted understated class try REO also tha Willys Knight,28 model ,I do believe the smoothest power I've ever driven.
I'm startin ta bore Ya....sorry

LH    Posted 06-12-2002 at 20:07:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, we had the Rawleigh man, but my favorite and the one who came most often was Jewel Tea, Had all kinds of great stuff. We also had a milkman who brought fresh milk and put it in the metal cooler on the front porch daily too. Folks today don't remember much of those little conveniences.

Hogman    Posted 06-14-2002 at 03:09:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lived a few Years in a house with outside door to ICE BOX, ice man came by on regular schedule and billed monthly . Allso Tha milk man would put Your milk in the ice door. Later on We got one of them new fangled lectrik "ice boxs'".

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-12-2002 at 20:28:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
LH did the milkman deliver by horse or truck?
Later Bob

bob ny    Posted 06-13-2002 at 05:26:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
our milk was deliverd by cow then we had to take it from her

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-13-2002 at 13:41:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ours was too Bob
Later Bob from the other side of the lake.

cornfused    Posted 06-12-2002 at 20:02:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
AW dad, you know I'm too young to remember!

Norbert From Crooks Camp, So. Dakota    Posted 06-12-2002 at 19:00:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
About the only people I remember coming by was the ol boys buying the moonshine from grampa. He made the best in the county and even the sheriff was there when we ran off a new batch.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-12-2002 at 19:53:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I guess they had to have a perscription to buy it from him eh Norbert.
Later Bob

Norbert From Crooks Camp, So. Dakota    Posted 06-12-2002 at 21:31:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Nope, no prescriptions or subscriptions need, just one nickel for a swallower or one dollar for a jug.

DeadCarp    Posted 06-12-2002 at 18:54:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, the Rawleigh man used to sell brushes and things - they had some kinda anniversary once - he borrowed an old Model A carnie wagon and hung pots & pans on the outside and was the talk of the neighborhood that time when he came clanging down the road. Sounded like a herd of bell cows :)

Rod Wilson    Posted 08-19-2004 at 15:29:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have two cartons full of their brushes still new in their boxes.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-12-2002 at 19:50:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Your not thinking of the Fuller Brush Man are you Carp? He was an other one to add here.
Later Bob

WallSal55    Posted 06-12-2002 at 18:47:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I was born in '55, don't have those kind
of memories. However, at our house, and my
grandparents, we "had to have" Raleigh Salve on
hand! Especially to put on slivers overnight,
so they would come out in the morning ever so
easily! About 12 years ago, I had a Watkins
dealer stop. I bought some vanilla extract and cinnamon from him that was the best I ever used in the kitchen.

Hogman    Posted 06-14-2002 at 03:30:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Watkins products are and always have been good.
In tha early thirtys I peddled Clover leaf salve and Subs to Liberty Magazine.Kinda rough in a farmin area when all Ya got is horse back er shanks mare. No money but good exercise'n gettin ta know Your Neighbors.Early schoolin for any Kid.
Find out a slew of way Folks can say NO.

Grove r    Posted 06-12-2002 at 18:47:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sure do Les, and like Bob says Watkins man too. Brother-law still sells Watkins products, but not door to door, just family and friends and referalls by the same, good products. Another item of interest, was the selling of beef animals off the farm in this area. A fellow and his partner would drive around to the family farms with a cattle truck and buy animals from the farmers, one two three or whatever, cows calves yearlings..... price was negotiated on the spot. It payed to keep up to date on the prices on the radio! Dad sold his animals this way for as long as I can remember, 'course there were those who inherently biguiled this practice, saying they got better money selling them elsewhere.......
Have a gooder, R.E.L.

scooterhead    Posted 06-13-2002 at 04:14:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
We still have a few livestock dealers around here , They`ll buy anything long as it can get on the trailer . They can be handy if ya gota have a quick buck !! We had a milkman when I was a kid , ya cant get choc. milk like that anymore . Also had the bread truck come by about once a month , that was the treat , he had the cakes and cookies to go with that choc. milk !!!

Les    Posted 06-12-2002 at 20:01:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
One particular thing I remember dad buying from the Rawleigh man (I believe my spelling is correct---there is a "w" in it), was some kind of disinfectant that came in a gallon can, like a maple syrup can. It was black until you mixed it with water, then it turned white like milk. We used to wash the cattle with it before turning them out to pasture for the summer.
I can also remember livestock dealers coming around. But usually not unannounced. Also once a year or so, a truck would come around and buy unwanted chickens. Sometimes somebody would show up at the farm looking for old batteries or other scrap/junk. Good memories.
We ALWAYS had Rawleigh salve around.

Ahelly Perry    Posted 10-02-2008 at 15:06:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi yes Antiseptic Salve has always been in my stable,horse people love it for cuts,scrapes.proud flesh and when the hair growa back its always it true color. It is also great as a hoof dressing and more! That's why I decided to sell Rawleigh products.


Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-12-2002 at 19:47:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I remember the cattle dealers too Grover, some local and one guy came in every year from Maryland, our cattle traveled farther than my dad ever did. Where was your farm Grover?
Later Bob

Hogman    Posted 06-14-2002 at 03:47:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
We never had cattle buyers but I remember a horse trader came by Our place once,Ridin a saddle horse and leadin about 50 head right down our old 20 foot wide cowpath road. We had nothin ta trade but I was realy intrigued with tha hitch He used ta lead and control that bunch.That was in about 33 or4.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-14-2002 at 15:09:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Never saw the horse traders Hogman but my grandfather likely did. He used to drive a team and wagon down Young Street to Toronto every week from when he was 14 yrs old selling stuff at the market and hay to the race tracks, that was around 1900. He told good stories of racing heavy horses and spring wagons back home. The older fellows that teamed with him used to take him into the taverns every mile and a quarter to try and get him drunk. Times sure where different then.
Later Bob

Grove r    Posted 06-12-2002 at 20:08:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi, Bob, funny thing I've noticed about tellin' folks where I'm from, they has a tendency to "hush up", guess they don't believe there is any life here in west central Alberta Canada.....well... guess maybe they'er right...judgen by the mirror.... that inanimate piece of whatever in there sure don't look alive to me, neither! Oh well, Have a gooder, R.E.L.

kraig WY Hay Grover r,    Posted 06-12-2002 at 21:42:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Where abouts in Alberta, my father was from Rimby AB.

Gorve r    Posted 06-13-2002 at 07:07:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi, Kraig, thats real close to home, Rimby is about sixty miles north east of me, I live south west of Rocky Mountain House, in the Strachan area, wifes sister lives about fifteen miles from Rimby, N.E.,worked around there a lot before I got Married, got any names and locations?

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-14-2002 at 15:12:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Grover do you know Gorden Carbert from around Gull lake?
Later Bob

kraig WY Naw, don't know nobody    Posted 06-13-2002 at 07:27:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
My grandfather was a full time prospecter and was doing living there when my father was borne. I spent a lot of time driving back and forth between Wyoming and Alaska. '94 - 96 I averaged about 4 round trips a year through there. I think that was the time when Alberta was prospering and the rest of Canada was in a resession and treated Alberta like a poor step daughter. Wondering if any thing changed.

Grove r    Posted 06-13-2002 at 10:16:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi, Kraig, things are the same on the political scene, the feds are still trying to break us, spending OUR money on all sorts of funny things, as long as it does't do us any good.

Too bad on the name thing, bet I would know lots of people your dad did, oh well, have a gooder, R.E.L.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-12-2002 at 20:24:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Seemed to be life in the west last time we were out there Grover. Coming out when the works all done(out there) next fall,oldest daughter lives in Calgary. I'm from Markham twp. just north of the centre of the universe.
Later Bob

PCC-AL    Posted 06-12-2002 at 18:36:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
We didn't have much of any of those folks in my neck of the woods. I remember Watkins products, but it was like Sears Robuck, you had to mail order it. What we had was a rolling store. It was an old bus fixed up with all kinds of good stuff. They had an open pack of Lucky Strike and you could get a smoke for a penny. 20 cents a pack, but nobody ever had that much money.
Mama would wear us out (spanking) if she caught us smoking, so we usually used our little money for candy. We did our smoking in the woods with rabbit tobacco or Indian Cigars (cataba beans).
Boy, you ain't never been green until you have smoked a cataba bean. Lots of fun anyway.

Glenda    Posted 10-31-2002 at 14:16:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i remember an old indian friend telling me about rabbit tobacco. and other plants to smoke. but nothing on cataba beans.

what i really want to know is are cataba beans editable? if so does anyone know how to prepare them?

scooterhead    Posted 06-13-2002 at 04:20:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
There was only one bean tree around our place and did`nt produce real well [ a good thing ] we would cut a piece of grapevine , now thats a smoke , dont need much !!!

Redneck    Posted 06-13-2002 at 03:18:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm a little shy of most of yall in years,but I remember the Watkins man sold out of town,not out where we lived.I've heard of the peddlers that made their rounds a little further back than my years.

What I do remember is the one milk truck that made a run out our way.We had fresh milk and didn't buy that,but us kids liked to meet the milkman for grandma and our aunts cause they always bought us a little ice cream cone or something.The milkman was a real nice feller and always had some harmless little joke to tell us boys.When jungle juice came out,he would ask us if we wanted any of that new gorilla pi$$.

We also had the religous peddlers real regular when I was a kid.Even a few years back,some came barreling up in the yard in a fine new automobile.I was up under a pulpwood truck with grese running out of my seams and knew what they was by the time they turned in.I was gettn' out when I remembered my ol' dog was loose.He was half bulldog and one quater border collie and one quater Austrailian sheppard.He was about 110 lbs of pure fireball.To boot it all off my kids had named him Sue!He didn't even like his self,much less somebody pulling up in his yard.Well about the time This very portly lady had wedged herself out of the Buick with her arm load of flyers and such,I was telling her to get back in the car cause the dog was loose and I didn't know where he was.Well she thought I was just trying to get rid of them and she come on out ah preaching.Bought that time Sue had heard the commotion and come off the mountain at full tilt.When the lady heard him clear the bushes,she threw up here arms and hollered "Oh Ghawd".The flyers were still landing when she slammed the door on the Buick and ol' Sue's teeth and slobber hit the window.She never said a nuther word,but I can still see the dropped jawed stares of the other ladies in the car as they eased out of the yard.

Hogman    Posted 06-14-2002 at 04:13:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
That'un has made My day,laughed til tha tears is still spewin.

Reminds Me of tha insurance salesman and tha Boar. Maw tried ta run Him off but He insisted on waitin till I got back ta tha house all tha time spoutin off, purty soon tha big ole Duroc Boar came strollin round tha corner of tha cabin. He looked, says "is that a Boar"? Maw says sure is ,mean time He's backin up towards His car,and Tha Boars amblin towards Him wantin ta sniff tha stranger. She said He wasted no time fleein tha scene.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-14-2002 at 16:22:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That was one smart cityslicker there Hogman, he knew how cramped up he would feel in that old boar's stomach.
Later Bob

DHunter (NOLa)    Posted 06-12-2002 at 16:35:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Certainly do remember the Raleigh man; also the Watkins man. In our neck of the woods there were a lot of grocery busses. They had just about anything you could think of. That's where us kids used to get our smoking and chewing tobacco. We could trust this one guy not to tattle on us.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-12-2002 at 16:18:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yea Les I remember him, your right about the stuff but I never cared for the old guy himself, when I saw him coming I ran and hid till he left. His nephew took over the buisness and was still at it 15 yrs ago. They mostly just sell at fairs and salebarns now, not door to door , nobody's home in the day much anymore.
Later Bob

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