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Rivard, John T. / Triple centennial jubilee souvenir book : Somerset
(c1956)

Chapter IX: Somerset and frogs,   pp. 31-38


Page 38

Till and Octave Cloutier Family
Left to Right, Seated: John Till, Octave Cloutier, Nere, Delphis, Melina. Standing: Louis,
Josie (Sr. Angelique), Anna (Sr. Octavia), Elizabeth.
Octave and his family worked hard to help Till. They permitted their house to be used
as office and boarding house.
The Court withheld further sentencing if he would leave
the country. On March 12, i9zz he sailed for Austria. In
1946 after World War II he used his citizenship to return to
the United States. He had lost all of his lands and possessions
to the Nazis and the Communists. One night in May i946
he appeared at the Plourde Brothers Hardware. He asked for
A. J. Vanasse and with Joseph Plourde he asked that they
find a farm for him somewhere around Hudson. After settling
there he visited friends at Kiel, Wis. and on July 14, 1947 he
died there of a heart attack. His widow lives with her son in
South St. Paul.
James Taylor Dunn, of the Minnesota Historical Society,
from whom much of this history is taken, states in his account
the words of F. M. Welch of the Stillwater Messenger:  "He
benefited the health of thousands . . . whether there was any-
thing supernatural in this or not, we do not presume to say.
Whether the people simply imagine Till has cured them, it is
still a fact that a great many people claim Till cured them . . .
The independent American invalid will have his way in spite
of all arbitrary and futile prosecution."
The memory of John Till, his work, and the crowds, the
hectic days and the excitement still remains in the minds of the
people of the St. Croix Valley. His curing power still lives
on.  His salve to this day, brewed by Melina Cloutier, still
brings cures to the afflicted. The "Plaster Doctor of Somerset"
will never be forgotten.


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