Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Took Poison On City Hall Steps

The Detroit Free Press, March 19, 1905
One of the most popular modes of suicide at the turn of the twentieth century was via ingestion of carbolic acid. The papers of that time are littered with accounts of the deadly deed. Eloise, with all of its mania,  wasn't immune from the dreadful agent of demise. So move over Maria Shasta and Annie Oss because George Black is about to top the both of you.

For George Black drunkenness was more than a disease, it had become an occupation the last six months of his life. Having been discharged from Eloise he turned to the bottle. So strong was the urge to drink that he took leave from his life as a shoemaker and left home to pursue it full-time. Or so it would seem. Perhaps it was merely an inebriated accident. Either way, his death on the steps of City Hall provided notoriety for both his cause and namesake.

He's buried in Riverside Cemetery in Plymouth, Michigan.

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