Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Lamp Post, June, 1934: A Publication of the Michigan State Sanitorium at Howell, Michigan

Here is another issue that has not been properly vetted but this blog isn't exactly a scientific foray either so we'll survive.

The lead article, Tuberculosis and Character, by Dr. Andrew H. Woods hoped to diffuse the fear of both practitioner and patient of tuberculosis altering the mental makeup of those afflicted with the disease. Woods spoke of an educated belief that patients whom tended to remain positive had a better outcome with their treatment and cure rate. The happy chatter in The Lamp Post seems to reflect that sentiment.

Two interesting asides from page sixteen caught my attention: Felix Knetchel, presumably a patient was in the process of forming a baseball team and had snagged Mac Hinchey of Gregory to be the catcher. Also, Lawrence Owens was apparently the crock shot animal hunter at the San, killing snakes, chicken hawks, crows and others. One particular old crow which lived up in a hickory tree had eluded his shotgun sights but he vowed a fatal resolution.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Lamp Post, March, 1934: A Publication of the Michigan State Sanitorium at Howell, Michigan

I have to admit that I've yet to read the entire issue not having had the time to invest between work and the actual process of scanning the pages and making them blog presentable. But it runs in the same vein as the previously posted sample with scholarly articles concerning tuberculosis, a crossword puzzle and other inanities, jokes and insider asides, music and literature concerns, general patient and staff updates and comings and goings.

One small snippet at the bottom of page 8 in the THREE WEST section that might interest paranormal aficionados states:

"We wonder if some of the girls in the North Ward really hear spooks or are they having nightmares?"

The fact that the girls believed there were spooks is an open door for an investigator. That they were vivid and frightening enough to be attributed to nightmares knocks the door off the hinge. Maybe there will be more information on the matter in the remaining three issues.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Lamp Post, May, 1933: A Publication of the Michigan State Sanitorium at Howell, Michigan

I know that this publication is not Eloise related but in the grand scheme of things it is a lateral jump in research to tie the Michigan State Sanatorium to the old poorhouse on Michigan Avenue. Plus the sinister plague of tuberculosis almost makes the two institutions sister fighters, or cousins as it were, in its eradication. Neither facility succeeded in that endeavor but they mitigated the effects of the dreaded disease on those afflicted.

Since I'm ignorant of the history of the Michigan State Sanatorium, am in possession of this and four other issues of The Lamp Post and don't have the time to dedicate towards another blog, the scanned copies will appear here.

As you will glean from this issue, interest in the history of such institutions isn't a fringe hobby but a normal curiosity for both the general population as well as amateur historians. The fact that this issue was dedicated to posting a handful of pages with pictures of the institution and its inhabitants, per reader request, proves that point. If nothing else the incidental mentions of patients and staff might be the missing piece of a genealogical hunt or just an interesting aside for the avid reader. I'll try to notate article titles and names as time allows. Feel free to link or share the information.

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