Monday, June 16, 2014

The Wildflowers of Grand Circus Park Were Not So Sweet for John Perkins (as They Were for Henry Heller)

The Detroit Free Press, September 16, 1897
Insanity in men around the turn of the twentieth century seemed to always coincide with delusions of power and wealth or rash acts of violence. John Perkins's affliction was a mishmash of both behaviors. A quartermaster on the U. S. revenue cutter Fessenden, Perkins began to show signs of insanity in late summer of 1897. He first imagined that he was going to erect a $150,000 building, among other mad ruminations, and culminated with a wild bout of flower picking at Grand Circus Park (see Henry Heller) a few nights before his incarceration. Concerned friend Dr. Loughman and housemates of his from 93 Adams Ave. East brought him to the notice of the Supt. of the Poor John Kolb and he was committed September 15th, then shackled and shipped by train to the asylum.

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