Monday, February 20, 2017

Milton Erickson Fishing Out the Symptoms of Daddy Issues Via Automatic Writing

Detroit Free Press, January 18, 1942 (enlarge)
The career of Dr. Milton Erickson and his work in the field of hypnotism has been expounded on here previously. This article delves further into hypnotism and the act of automatic writing. Which is unconscious doodling while under a trance.

The main example in this story was of a college girl who was struggling with depression. She sought out Erickson's help and he led her to the discovery that her best friend was having an affair with her father. Subconsciously she knew this, claimed Erickson, but hadn't put the pieces together. More realistically though I think that she knew it fully but had nobody to confide in since the triangle involved three of her closest loved ones. Mix in a little Freud and you have the synopsis. Though the incidental stories included here are interesting just the same. Ditto with the farcical drawings. 


Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Gleam in a Spitz Pooch's Eyes

Detroit Free Press, September 7, 1944
Saved young Judith Udberall, 2-year-old Nankin toddler, from death in a ditch. The child had wandered a half mile from her home and came to rest in the channel near a pig pen. A posse of 25 men led by deputies searched the area and found the pair when a flashlight struck the dog's eyes who stood guard over the child. Young Judith was taken to Eloise for a precautionary examination.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

No Shipman or Monkee Was He

Detroit Free Press, January 20, 1937
Even the barbers of Eloise died tragically. Davey Jones, 10 years a cutter of hair at Eloise, passed away in a shack at Annapolis and Middlebelt Roads in January of 1937. His trusty tools of the trade lay beside him in his barber bag.

One can assume from this short blurb and the trick haircut post that Eloise neither paid their barbers very well nor did they hire particularly stable individuals to perform the task. We can also surmise that Jones likely had a drinking problem which contributed to his living conditions. Then again, this was during the depression so perhaps he couldn't a place to live and succumbed to the cold in a shack. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Watching The Place Burn

Detroit Free Press, January 15, 1930
What did Henry Hill do for the nearly two years after his release from Eloise on March 14, 1928? He drank a little booze, pocketed some money, became rather demented and burned a real estate office to the ground in Mount Clemens. I'm guessing that he went back to the asylum after this incident as he rightfully should. I'll poke around for updates to confirm or deny this supposition.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Million Loaves?

Detroit Free Press, April 9, 1932
During the Great Depression Eloise was a main provider of bread for Detroit's Welfare Stations. In 1932 they were producing 800 loaves daily. Which was knocked up to 3,000 loaves daily starting in April. Since the depression lasted another 7 years it's safe to assume that the production level stayed within those two ranges. Meaning that anywhere from around 300,000 to over a million loaves were baked annually. Quite impressive.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Petting Bandit Strikes Again and Again

Detroit Free Press, November 13, 1933
Nyet! Just as the fabled bogeyman catchphrase "a black man was seen fleeing the scene" was uttered when one wanted to sweep aside a heinous act by one of their brethren so, too, did Lloyd Dorsey try to employ the bait and switch with his own perfidy. So when he beat his beloved with a wrench the blame was foisted upon a "petting bandit." That is, a molester who accosts a couple in an attempt to cop a feel or do more extensive bodily groping.

The police weren't buying it. Especially since his girlfriend Louise Curtis attempted suicide after reporting that Dorsey had beaten her for joy riding in his car. Dorsey had no recall of any quarrels between himself and Curtis despite her accusations. Her suicide note might have clarified things but the Free Press failed to print only the first three words and a partial fourth, "We will be bet-..."

No matter. Louise recovered from her love-struck amnesia and sided with her man on the petting bandit:

Detroit Free Press, November 24, 1933

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Child is Drowned in Bath at Eloise

Detroit Free Press, January 8, 1933
It's fairly difficult to believe that a semi-attended to 10-year-old child could drown in a bathtub even when afflicted with epilepsy. You'd think that there would be some involuntary thrashing about and enough splashing to draw attention to the matter but having known a few epileptics that's not necessarily the case. Or maybe I'm just ignorant on the matter despite having experiences with different sides of the ailment. One person I know had silent seizures where they would simply go still for an inexplicable period of time and then return to functionality. The other case was severe and he would violently convulse on the floor. His seizures were so debilitating that he eventually took his own life.

Either way, Harmonia Kiossain went the way of so many who died tragically at the institution. She had spent the previous year in Eloise save for a two week holiday at her home at 4060 Toledo Avenue for Christmas. Since the date is January 8, 1933 that would have meant just previous to her sudden demise.