Saturday, August 12, 2017

Out of the Country, Into the Urban

Detroit Free Press, April 16, 1917
There's enough dead George's on this blog's database to start a Greek colony. Unfortunately for George Harrington his place is in the land of the ever after. The half-deaf nonagenarian had tired of life at Eloise and decided to venture back to his old haunts in Detroit. His mistake was following the death tracks between Eloise and his destination. An interurban heading the same way clipped him and lanced off his leg at the knee. Which proved to be a death sentence. Although there are four Harringtons in Eloise Cemetery, George isn't one of them.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

From the Office of the Superintendents of the Poor for Wayne County, Michigan

While fixing broken links on the blog, that were precipitated by Blogger's storage limitations back in the day which forced users to host their photos on outside sources lest they reach maximum storage and be prevented from uploading more, I came across this and a handful or so of other documents that I once possessed. Being wise I sold them on eBay, likely to some self-aggrandizing FOE member who put them in a safe where nobody will ever see them again except for 80-year-old eyes who still believe in the sham values of FDR. Anyway, I scanned them for public perusal and probably used the money to buy my kid some Pokemon cards. Which, I believe, in 30 years will have 10x the value of this relic and others of its ilk.

The document itself is short and was a scribbled note for Superintendent E. O. Bennett considering either the Richmond case or a Mr. Richmond Case at Harper Hospital. There was a prominent book-binder named Arouet Richmond who went insane in 1888 and likely was sent to the Pontiac Insane Asylum, so that's a possibility since it fits in the time frame offered on the document of being in the 1880s.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Commies in the Cupboards

Detroit Free Press, October 17, 1931 (enlarge)
In October of 1931 there was both a detonation of dynamite in the tunnel between the powerhouse and the men's infirmary at Eloise and a plot to blow up the water supply leading to the institution.

Two Communist inmates on a 3 day pass hatched a plot, began to assemble a bomb across the street from Henry Ford's home and in the exact spot where an eccentric man had left his shoes to go for a nice November walk in the fields nearby. When Joseph Toms returned from his walk he discovered the bomb and notified police.

The men, Frank Baker and Roy Goodwin, eventually confessed and were shipped to Ionia for 4-5 years. Although they never confessed to the dynamiting of the tunnel on October 6th it seems likely that they were behind the attack.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

'Dangerous Lunatic' Escapes From Eloise

Detroit Free Press, November 3, 1931
A man described as a dangerous maniac escaped from the Eloise Hospital Monday. He was Mike Fiziola, 45 years old. He wore blue overalls, a blue jacket, a gray cap and house slippers when he made his escape.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Detroit Free Press, March 29, 1951
Who knew that there was a slaughterhouse at Eloise? Precipitated by a markup in beef that was costing the facility, along with the Wayne County Training School and Juvenile, more than $10,000 extra per month, the county decided to build a $20,000 slaughterhouse. See, our governments weren't always wasteful cretins.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Left By Her Husband, Left Out to Dry By Eloise

Detroit Free Press, April 14, 1954
Maternity leave was a requirement at the general hospital of Eloise in the 1950s. The rules stated that a female worker take leave the 6 months prior to her giving birth and a month following. One attendant violated the rule because her husband abandoned her and she didn't want to go on welfare. For this she received a 7 month suspension.