Saturday, April 21, 2018

Eighty-Eighth Annual Report of the Superintendents of the Poor of Wayne County, Michigan

Friday, April 20, 2018

Second Attempt to Kill Himself Is Successful

Detroit Free Press, March 31, 1939
Fred Jones spent a quarter of his 53 years at Eloise and it was not to his liking. In his 13th year he attempted suicide twice, both times with a razor, and after failing once made sure that the second time was a done deal. He left behind a wife Ellen, of 4228 High Street, Ecorse.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Former Inmate of Eloise Kills Self

Port Huron Times Herald, June 28, 1935
Alexandra Dyballa, 40, paroled from Eloise sanitarium, Detroit, ended his life this morning by blowing the top of his head off with a shotgun in a bedroom of the home of Morris Biggs, a mile southwest of Smith Creek, where he worked.

Coroner Albert A. Falk and Undersheriff Howard Lohr, who investigated, pronounced the death suicide probably due to mental derangement. The remains are in Falk's funeral home.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Resident of Eloise Dies Under Truck

Detroit Free Press, May 6, 1940
I'm trying to catch up on suicides and other forms of death, accidental and otherwise, at Eloise but it will obviously take years and years to do a proper and clean job of it. So as to not simply copy the newspaper text I'll write my own synopsis for this one.

Middle-aged white males were most prone to accidental and purposeful death so it's not a surprise that Bernard Mulligan, 50-years-old, died in such a manner. With the previous year at Eloise riddled with 15 or more traffic deaths it was also fitting that he chose to die via suicide by car. He crouched at the side of the road as Clifford Brown drove by in a heavy load truck with a trailer. He saw Mulligan and veered away from the curb but as he was doing so Mulligan apparently leaped under the back side wheels as two of his fellow charges, Samuel Bell and Sheffield Montgomery and employee Jack McNally looked on.

Not that a death certificate is necessary but here's his: