Monday, March 25, 2013

Insane Asylum A Waif

The Detroit Free Press, December 22, 1906
I know that the official stance of the historical societies that control the Eloise intellectual trust is that Eloise was a county asylum and in name it was and is. But in reality, insofar as finances, maintenance and risk are/were concerned, it was clearly a bi-partisan operation.

Not by choice, of course, but due to a shared cause that both entities had a stake in the institution for reasons of utility and prestige. It seems that the only time nobody wanted to claim Eloise was during its downturns or when it needed funding. Either way, it should never be referred to as a waif due to the fact that it was always owned by the infirm and those that cared for them regardless of who built and paid for it.

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