Sunday, May 12, 2013

All's Bright That Ends Poorly

The Detroit Free Press, June 13, 1908

This story reminds me of that old English song:

Hey, ho, nobody home
Meat nor drink nor money have I none, 
Yet will I be merry.

Despite the long drive out to the Eloise Poorhouse from her home in Trenton, Rosa Albright never "enjoyed a ride so much." The 82-year-old widow of a blind harness maker had been suffering from rheumatism for some time but despite her ailments and advanced years was still able to make a go at self-reliance for many years. When her time came to retire to the countryside institution she relished the farm animals and houses along the route discussing them with her driver, John Todd, the undertaker, of all people, from her former city.

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