After all the delays, time-outs, excuses, life interruptions, lack of motivation, uncertainties, and a fierce addiction to historical research, I have somehow finally reached my goal of finishing a very rough draft of my great-grandfather’s biography! When I started this project over 20 years ago, I had no idea that it would take so long to accomplish even this first big step. But along the way, I have learned a great deal about my family’s history, the history of American medicine, and life in America at the turn of the 20th century. And that has made all the effort worthwhile.

Of course, this isn’t the end of the journey. As I said, what I have now is only a rough draft. I’m not even sure the chapters are in the right order. And it’s very possible I may need to add more content. If you read my previous post, you may remember that I was trying to decide whether or not to include chapters on the Toledo Medical College and the assassination of President Garfield. Well, I did include one on the latter, but not one on the former–yet. And as I read over what I have, there may be other obvious holes that need to be filled. But at least now I have a framework to hang everything on, and that will make all the writing from now on so much easier.

So wish me luck in this last push to the finish line! I’ll let you know when I get there.