Catnip Bill was a fourth-generation medicine man. As far as his family history goes back, Catnip Bill’s Great-Grandfather, Grandfather and Father were all Herb Doctors too; experts in natural medicines and herbal treatments. There were many articles written about Catnip Bill in Good Morning Gloucester. And Katharine Toll published articles in the Boston Papers.
And of course, he loved animals, treating cats and dogs with his special mixtures. He was so well respected and loved that there was a children’s book written about him called the Catnip Man by Ruth Langland Holberg published in 1951.