Sunday, August 9, 2015

Inaugural Meeting on Smoking & Health Led by Eloise Doctor

The Tuscaloosa News, October 1, 1967
While most internet curiosity seekers are attracted to Eloise for supernatural and frivolous reasons, there are a few who actually care about its history outside of the kitsch. That history includes a high reputation in medical and psychiatric sciences outside of the overly-popularized torture endured by its earlier subjects.

While health and nutrition in school--mostly to combat obesity--are hot button topics in today's world, it was almost unheard of before the 1970s, as this articles attests to. Dr. George Pickett, director of disease control at Eloise led the charge into the field. In conjunction with other prominent health officials the group held a symposium on Smoking and Health at the University of Alabama for individuals in school health programs. It was the first of its kind in the nation.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

From DeHoCo to Eloise and Back Again

The Milwaukee Journal, January 15, 1937
Theresa Johnson was housed in two of the easiest correction facilities in Michigan to escape from: DeHoCo and Eloise. She made her run during a transfer to the latter from the former and wound up in Milwaukee on the wrong end of two stolen watches. Back to DeHoCo with you, mama.

Seeking John Skalski

Schenectady Gazette,October 3, 1946
John, your brother Thomas Skalski is dead at Eloise. Come get him.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Obituary for Elijah McCoy

The Afro American, November 9, 1929
Since there is so much information available about the great inventor Elijah McCoy I don't waste much energy searching news articles for him. This one I stumbled into while researching the poverty program mentioned in the last posting. There's nothing groundbreaking in this article either but it was concurrent with his death in 1929 and from a black newspaper.

Monroe County To Get $27,742 Poverty Grant

Toledo Blade, July 11, 1967
Apparently Eloise was fighting poverty as well back in the late '60s. The grant in today's terms would be close to $640,000 and was for an office to coordinate a summer anti-poverty program. I've been unable to locate any further information concerning the matter.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Insane Woman's Deed

The Coloma Courier, September 19, 1900
For 6 years Lulu Turbenning's mania lay in waiting before reaching a sudden and dark crescendo. Whereby she strangled her wardmate Rebecca Tiernan with strips of clothing that she had fastened into a ligature. When the deed was discovered by a nurse making her rounds, Turbenning was still pulling the makeshift cord. The murderess made no comment when asked about her deed.

And in German for the more adroit readers:

Indiana Tribune, September 8, 1900

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Music Held Cure For Neuroses

St. Petersburg Times, March 26, 1944
Although it's been over 75 years since Dr. Ira Altschuler pioneered the field of music therapy at Eloise, and displayed the positive effects it has on mental health, it is still considered an alternative form of psychiatric treatment within the Veteran's Administration.

Back in 1944 Altschuler called neuroses "the scourge of World War II" and the same could be argued about PTSD in the modern age of warfare. Of course, the good doctor had the sense to suggest that both musicians and mental health practitioners would build the "prescription after the manner of a pharmacist" to tend to each individual's specific needs. That would cost money and more time than the government bureaucrat is willing to spend on sacrificial lambs. Which only offers further proof that common sense, reason and morality are currently running retrograde a few hundred years behind technology.