Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Lamp Post, May, 1933: A Publication of the Michigan State Sanitorium at Howell, Michigan

I know that this publication is not Eloise related but in the grand scheme of things it is a lateral jump in research to tie the Michigan State Sanatorium to the old poorhouse on Michigan Avenue. Plus the sinister plague of tuberculosis almost makes the two institutions sister fighters, or cousins as it were, in its eradication. Neither facility succeeded in that endeavor but they mitigated the effects of the dreaded disease on those afflicted.

Since I'm ignorant of the history of the Michigan State Sanatorium, am in possession of this and four other issues of The Lamp Post and don't have the time to dedicate towards another blog, the scanned copies will appear here.

As you will glean from this issue, interest in the history of such institutions isn't a fringe hobby but a normal curiosity for both the general population as well as amateur historians. The fact that this issue was dedicated to posting a handful of pages with pictures of the institution and its inhabitants, per reader request, proves that point. If nothing else the incidental mentions of patients and staff might be the missing piece of a genealogical hunt or just an interesting aside for the avid reader. I'll try to notate article titles and names as time allows. Feel free to link or share the information.

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