Thursday, September 21, 2017

Ninety-Ninth Annual Report of the Superintendents of the Poor, Wayne County, Michigan, 1932

Sunday, August 27, 2017

1963 Wayne County General Hospital Visitor's Pass

I found this at an estate sale after digging through mounds of papers. It illustrates that Dr. S. D. Jacobson was the superintendent in 1963 and that visiting hours were rather limited. The patient P. Lane was assigned to Ward D-4 and while I have no information on the person, obviously, I also picked up some photographs at the same sale which feature a man named Rick Lane.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Lamp Post Smasher Gets 10 Days in Jail

Detroit Free Press, July 30, 1932
Sometimes the help was just as dysfunctional as the mentally unbalanced were. In this case orderly Virgil Presgrove crashed his car into a $250 lamp post at Outer Drive and Lahser and received 10 days in jail.

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

Wayne County General Hospital Doctor Killed By Islamist Sect

Canton Observer, August  11, 1983 (enlarge)
Detroit Free Press, August  14, 1983 (enlarge)

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 concerning 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 it being written 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.