Friday, August 12, 2016

Light Work at Eloise Scares

Detroit Free Press, July 10, 1931 (enlarge)
Want to know how to clear out a poorhouse in orderly fashion? Make the homeless work. Or so posited Dr. Gruber as to why Detroiters who were down on their luck were spurning Eloise. He mused that the work required of boarders was of the light variety--lawn cutting and gardening--and usually only in the morning, leaving afternoons free for cards and checkers. Plus the air was fresh, the food was bountiful and delicious and leisure abounded. Apparently, Detroiters preferred city life and the Fisher Lodge, which seems to have been the urban alternative to Eloise, didn't require labor.

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