Friday, October 19, 2012

Two Tales of Eloise Patient's Husbands and a Sad Reminder of the Iron Hold of the Two Party System Which Has Ruined America

The Border City Star, July 13, 1923


Sometimes the dictum "just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not after me" rings ever true. Which may or may not have been the case with Rose Grabka Soja but considering the alleged underhandedness of Mr. Soja you have to think that her stint in Eloise just might have had something to do with his extracurricular activities.

If a husband is capable of marrying another woman while his wife is in an asylum it stands to reason that he probably was up to no good during the active marriage when she was well. But that's only conjecture and perhaps it was her madness that led him astray.

Either way, wife number two Louise Wilhelm was having none of it and put the kibosh to it by filing suit.

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The Border City Star, February 20, 1928

The Roaring Twenties were anything but that for the common man as the frivolity of the money changers pushed men out of work, families into poverty and many to the brink of madness and suicide.

Edward Zily (I think it's actually Zilly since there are no signs of Zilys in Detroit or elsewhere) of Detroit was jobless without any hope of finding work and to boot his wife was at Eloise suffering from some unmentioned condition. So he cut his throat with a razor. Being that he was only listed in serious condition it's quite possible that he joined his wife at the county asylum.

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The Border Cities Star, November 17, 1932

If somebody were to ask me which old newspaper was my favorite I'd have to side with The Border Cities Star/Windsor Daily Star. They seemed to have more in depth reporting on each story and the reporters often asked the "little people" connected to an incident their take on things. Not that I gravitate towards the folksy, common man type of hearsay you find in genealogy circles but the balance of officially reported news with the behind-the-scenes gossip, more or less, added to the content in a way that the skewed facts never quite do.

Anyhow, it's quite common for people to look back in history, especially the last hundred or so years, and point to a more decent and polite society. The newspaper archives dating back to the 1800s and beyond debunk such a notion on a daily basis. People were not always kind and politicians weren't any less crooked than they are today.

Proof positive of that is that the two party monopoly sunk their boots in the mire even back in the 1930s to bring truckloads of Eloise residents to the polls to vote. Not surprisingly some had to find their own way back after the causes of the jack-ass and mastodon were fulfilled.

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