Thursday, June 5, 2014

Cows, Tailors, Shoemakers, etc.

Detroit Free Press, December 4, 1908
Eloise, while an innovative institution, wasn't wholly unique in its approaches to saving money and feeding their hordes. Several ideas borrowed from other like institutions, the Pontiac Asylum included, were the raising of cattle, growing their own tobacco and setting up idle tradesmen to mend the wares of the county charges. Holstein cows were a great commodity as they both provided milk for the tenants and calves for sale to pay for their own feed. More than you could say for the men of the compound who weren't inspired enough to shuck corn and the county had to pay $80 to outside hands to perform the task.

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