Book Sale Find: Health Studies by Hoag

Ten years ago, in 1999 or so, I went the final day of a huge used book sale. It was the kind of day where it was “fill the bag” for a dollar, or five. Something like that. One of my favorite finds that day was an old (90 years at the time, 100 now) school book titled Health Studies: Applied Physiology and Hygiene by Ernest Bryant Hoag, A.M., M.D. (Director of Hygiene and Physical Examinations in the City Schools of Berkeley, and Lecturer in Hygiene, University of California), published in 1909. The book includes several photographs. Dr. Hoag was born in 1968 and died in 1924. He earned his BS at Northwestern in 1892.

First, I must note that one of the reasons this book attracted me was the inscription in the front. The young student who owned and used this book probably as a young teenager wrote the following:
“Roland Koyen,
Detroit Harbor
Town of Washington
County of Door
State of Wisconsin
Country of U.S.
Continent of North America
of Western Hemisphere
of this

I may have searched him online 10 years ago, but if so, I found nothing. Last night, I decided to Google Mr. Roland Koyen. And guess what? I found him!

Roland Anders Koyen, born in the Town of Washington in Door County, Wisconsin, in 1897 and the youngest of 9 children, went on to become an educator himself, as well as, apparently, a dairy farmer. He co-authored a chapter/article titled “Teachers Associations, Organizations and Unions”. Mr. Koyen’s father Andreas Koyen, was born in Denmark, immigrated to the US, and was over 50 years old when his son was born. His mother’s family came to Wisconsin from New York. Roland Koyen died in 1971.

Mr. Koyen’s wife was also in education. There is a wonderful article of remembrance available online about Mrs. Virginia Koyen:…and…/tribute.aspx This even includes a photo of Mr. and Mrs. Koyen. Mrs. Koyen died in 2006!

I am into genealogy and have found all sorts of things online, but I never imagined that I would find as much as I did with this search for Mr. Koyen!

Anyway . . . back to the book itself. Perhaps it is not quite as interesting.

Chapter XV: The Use and Abuse of Food
This is a fascinating chapter. Probably much of it rings true today – but for the “old fashioned” sound of the text. I do not know if current health books would discuss fermentation: “Eating too much starch or sugar food is especially likely to produce fermentation. This is one of the objections to eating more than a very moderate amount of candy. Nearly all fruits are apt to ferment, unless eaten in moderation. An excessive diet of rice or other cereals, potatoes, bread, or pancakes is sure is to cause this fermentation” (131).

(More of this post to come soon!)


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