Saturday, May 12, 2012

Fickle Agents, Grateful Charges & the Death of Corporal Gee

Apparently the charges weren't the only reticent residents of the stone compound as this Detroit Free Press, July 20, 1917 article shows. The Wayne County Agricultural Agent refused to live at Eloise as well despite being provided for with housing, an office and access to the laboratory.

Frankly, he didn't like Detroit much either and refused the assignment there also preferring to stay in his agreeable confines in Dearborn and demanding and office there as well. He must have gotten his way too because I've found references to him in the same capacity in articles from the 1920s.

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While some patients complained of the miserable conditions at Eloise, one such charge, Mary Dimboy, a Romanian immigrant, though ill as she was, likely didn't complain. Considering that she was living in a tent on Silvia Street with her husband in Detroit when stricken with illness she was probably happy with a comfortable bed.

Simon Dimboy, her husband who had dropped her off at Receiving Hospital when she first became ill and before her transfer to Eloise, was AWOL at the time of her death though previous neighbors said he was still living in the city. She was buried in Eloise Cemetery.

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The Windsor Daily Star, August 31, 1942

A veteran of both World Wars, serving the British Royal Irish Fusiliers in the first World War, the Scottish born Corporal Harold Gee succumbed to heart troubles in 1942 while a patient at Eloise. An "Old Contemptible", or somebody serving in the regular fighting forces, he enlisted in the Canadian armed forces as a private and worked his way up to Corporal due to his extensive war experience. After nine months duty in the second World War he was invalided and sent home. A year later he was dead.

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