Saturday, August 13, 2016

Until the Cows Come Home No More

Detroit Free Press, November 2, 1954
For a hundred years prized Holsteins grazed the land at Eloise producing milk and providing meat for the inmates. But the same utter incompetence, or malice, which allowed the property to fall into disrepair let the entire stock of cows to be auctioned off in late 1954, fetching $28,500 for the 206 beeves.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Light Work at Eloise Scares

Detroit Free Press, July 10, 1931 (enlarge)
Want to know how to clear out a poorhouse in orderly fashion? Make the homeless work. Or so posited Dr. Gruber as to why Detroiters who were down on their luck were spurning Eloise. He mused that the work required of boarders was of the light variety--lawn cutting and gardening--and usually only in the morning, leaving afternoons free for cards and checkers. Plus the air was fresh, the food was bountiful and delicious and leisure abounded. Apparently, Detroiters preferred city life and the Fisher Lodge, which seems to have been the urban alternative to Eloise, didn't require labor.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Growing Up in the World

The cover of this booklet looks innocuous enough for the 1940s and it is. People used to have morals and sex wasn't an amusement park ride. This book was used to guide the innocent lovers into wedded bliss. So long sane world.

Anyway, the only reason that I paid a buck for it was that it was passed out at Eloise via the Wayne County Department of Health at the Wayne County Health Center, apparently located on Henry Ruff.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

A Haunted House at Eloise?

Detroit Free Press, September 26, 1985
While any ghosts of the old fire house at Eloise went up with the arson fire several months ago old ones arise with these two short articles. Many proposals, efforts and actions were taken to utilize the complex but ultimately they all died with the rapid decline of and subsequent abandonment of Detroit.

Don Anderson of Castle Builders was one such planner. He proposed to have a haunted house in Building No. 30, otherwise known as the fire station. The agreement would have given the county 33% of the revenue at no less than $5,000. Wayne County officials shot down the notion stating liabilities, likely with the condition of the building.

While there was never a haunted house on the grounds the article alludes to the fact that there was once a circus held there by the deputy sheriff's association.

Detroit Free Press, October, 1985

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Descendants of Hiram Walker Descend Into Madness and Self-Murder

Long Island Sunday Press, March 24, 1935
Whether or not Henry J. Herbert was a successful inventor didn't figure into Fate's plans as it kept dealing him serious life blows. Born a descendant of the Hiram Walker family of distillers in Canada his life seemed to be going fine until the 1920s when his wife committed suicide.

His daughter Marion Walker Herbert followed in her mother's spiral of self-immolation by attempting suicide by jumping into the Detroit River upon being released from Henry Ford Hospital after a nervous breakdown. Eight years later she completed the task by stabbing herself in the throat with a butcher knife at a rest home in Newton, Massachusetts.

Somewhere along the line Henry Herbert went insane and was sent to Eloise. While I haven't been able to find out his final fate his earlier years included inventions for automobile wheels and mirror/brush fobs. The fob shown below is a patent from 1908 submitted by Herbert for an alligator skin replica mirror or brush back.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Henry Ford Visits Eloise

The Knickerbocker News, February 23, 1942
Somewhere there's a photograph of Henry Ford at Eloise visiting two of the eight children of then Ford Motor Company worker Walter Bardell. As the story relays, Bardell was living in a flooded basement (it was later called a "dugout cave") with the children when the state apparently stepped in and removed some or all of them to Eloise. Henry Ford read about it in the newspaper and made an unexpected visit to the hospital. There he promised that the children would be taken care and a house was provided for the family at $20 a month rent. 

Except that Bardell claimed the company raised the rent to $80 a month a few years later and he couldn't afford it and stopped making payments. Ford Motor Co. filed eviction papers after the death of Mr. Ford and won a judgement against Bardell claiming that there was no record of the agreement. A fairly shameful act let alone a publicity nightmare. Needless to say Bardell was the party relegated to obscurity.

The Pittsburgh Press, January 9, 1948

Monday, July 18, 2016

Negroes, Nords & Henry Harrell

The Pittsburgh Courier, September 4, 1937 (enlarge)
While the main concern of the article posted above is of the discrepancies in reporting of crimes involving "negroes", as opposed to Nordics (insert laughter), mine is centralized in Henry Harrell, supposed maniac escapee from Eloise.

It seems that Henry Harrell, apparently a black man, attacked a white widow doing maid services in a house in Detroit in September of 1937 after escaping from Eloise a few weeks earlier, smashing her with a blunt instrument which caused a slight skull depression.

Despite the woman only catching a glimpse of the purported attacker police clearly identified Harrell as the culprit and that they would likely pin a dozen or more further attacks on him. This article contends that the Hearst publication (presumably The Detroit Times) was complicit in the racism

As you can see, not much has changed with race relations in America and the media still sensationalizes the matter for their own benefit despite the deleterious effects. Which is ironic because if they would objectively report on the graft and criminality within our federal government then many of these social issues would likely dissipate. But we all know that the government controls the media through their elitist benefactors and truth and reason are all but dead in mainstream America.