Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Story of Raymond: A World War I Soldier & Eloise Charge

Detroit Free Press, October 29, 1922 (enlarge)
There's a perfectly good explanation for why I couldn't find this story in a blog post but did inside the archives: I'm a scattered-brained fool! This is an amazing story and I stored it away like a demented squirrel only to forget it for 5 years or so. Which is ironic since I now pop an article up, scrawl a searchable synopsis across the page and then neglect archiving the results. But enough of my haphazard processing.

Raymond, as the story is told by Howard Bowman, a Free Press writer who had served with Raymond and written other articles concerning Eloise, signed up for the war in 1917 and served admirably. Unfortunately, during one battle against the Germans in which Raymond, Mr. Bowman and a man named Clancy took part they were bombarded. Raymond suffered shell shock and Clanchy, the ever-brave Irishman, later fell in battle after saving the life of a downed captain named Knight.

5 years later Bowman was working the newspaper beat and was walking the wards with Supt. Bennett and Mrs. Jeffries, the head of Wayne County Supervisors when he spotted Raymond among the wounded and debilitated. He was reading an upside down newspaper (I can actually read upside down text so I'm not looking sidelong at Raymond!) and didn't recognize his former comrade. Even after some pleading and the mentioning of some specifics Raymond still had no recollection of the man before him or the past that had forsaken him.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

There's Something About Ellen & Mary

The Wilkes-Barre Record, May 15, 1941
How about multiple personalities at Eloise? You got it. Milton Erickson, the famed psychologist who was a pioneer in the field of hypnotism studied a woman named Ellen who had a co-existing personality named Mary. Both were highly functional and seemingly caused the woman no harm with the latter appearing only when the former "went away."

Erickson performed a series of tests along with visiting Dr. David Rapaport which can be read here.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Follow the Signs to the Dairy Barn

Detroit Free Press, October 27, 1954
If the story of the selling of the Holstein cow herd at Eloise that I posted last year wasn't depressing enough here's the announcement from a few weeks before the sale. All the details including the signs leading to the dairy barn.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Hounds of Baskerville & Keating

Detroit Free Press, February 8, 1903
 Apparently Eloise had a pack of show dogs that performed and probably won prizes at area contests in the early 1900s. Since an even longer list of dogs with no connection to the institution isn't going to enlighten either of us I've truncated this one and left the search highlighted keywords intact. Cap, Ruffles and No. 68 1/2 were owned by R. J. Baskerville (The Hounds of Baskerville, eh?) and J. S. Keating, whoever they may have been (it's too late to start another search) at the facility. The show took place at the Light Guard Armory in February of 1903.

Detroit Free Press, April 10, 1904
The second snippet is a listing for an Irish Setter for sale from 1904.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Triple Oak Leaf Clusters for Sargeant Dudley

Detroit Free Press, January 30, 1945
From Eloise attendant to top turret gunner in WWII George J. Dudley made his way rapidly across the globe from small town Gallatia to Europe. How he made it to Eloise in between graduation and the military is probably more of the mystery. One that I won't pursue but it is quite interesting that he ended up 500 miles from his home to work at Eloise. Whether you're for or against war you have to acknowledge the courage of a 20-year-old kid flying suicide bombing missions in a world war.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Barrenness Be Gone

Detroit Free Press, June 3, 1935
No longer will visitors at Eloise infirmary complain of the barrenness of the grounds behind the main buildings or the lack of landscaping. Under the direction of Supt. Thomas K. Gruber several hundred trees have been set about the winding drives and walks and bushes. Shrubs have been planted at advantageous locations. In addition, thousands of flowers, sheltered in the Eloise greenhouses through the winter, have been put into beds.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jerone E. Juchniewicz Leads the New Parish at Eloise

Detroit Free Press, June 24, 1939
Speaking of the chapel, it was apparently reinvented 3 times by 1939. The third chapel was known as St. Camillus and Jerome E. Juchniewicz, the long time chaplain, was the returning pastor.