Friday, January 1, 2016

Living Large at the Asylum

Saline Observer, October 30, 1930
Without any sort of backstory it's hard to tell if Joe Carnowski was an adjudged insane person or a criminal from a well-to-do family but it's safe to say that he wasn't residing in the poor house.

After committing some form of larceny he was ordered to pay $35 or spend 60 days at DeHoCo. His plead of poverty fell on deaf ears with Judge E. H. Davidson and Joe produced a wad of money from his pocket and easily paid the fine.

It seems odd that the judge didn't question a known thief and inmate of an asylum on where he got a roll of bills. Especially since $35 in 1930 terms was close to $500 and the fact that Carnowski likely had thousands on his person should have been alarming.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

This River's A-Raisin It's Dead

The Clare Sentinel, December 3, 1903
Love knows no bounds and neither does cruel fate. Allow Boreas the reigns of your heart and he'll drop you into a ditch to die. Or a river as it were. The River Raisin in this instance. The grand La Rivière aux Raisins. So the French called it for the wild grapes which lined its banks.

Perhaps Henry Hazlet (no, not that Henry Hazlitt) was of the brotherhood of the grape and imbibed too much of the dark drink. After all, the Raisin is no middling stream, and falling into it isn't exactly easy without the aid of age, infirmity and poor judgement. We know that Mr. Henry had several of those traits to his detriment so perhaps it was a migratory blunder.

In any case, he never finished his 30 mile trek from Monroe to Eloise to see his beloved wife, whose name I have not been able to establish as of this writing.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Another Horror Story from Eloise & the William Ganong Cemetery

Isabella County Enterprise, June 28, 1901
Nobody will ever convince me that humanity is a worthy cause. There is a sickness inherent in the species that will never be cured except through eradication. While most species handle the matter by ostracizing the rogue elements, pushing them to the periphery to unceremoniously die, humanity cages and experiments on them like a meddling mother-in-law.

Mrs. Meggson probably enjoyed meddling in her son's marital matters (the 1900 census shows that "Rollon Spear" was 35 and married) as most mothers do but it was hardly cause for the savage assault she endured. Who knows, maybe it was. The fact that he wasn't satisfied with simply gashing her face open but pricked her body repeatedly with a jack-knife shows extreme animosity.

A familysearch.org search shows that Rolla Spear and his mother Helen Meggison resided with in-laws at the time of the incident. Which, I suppose, by reasonable deduction would make Carrie Laut the sister and daughter to the parties involved.

Mrs. Meggison, a widow, was taken to Eloise where she died and her body removed to William Ganong Cemetery.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Police Dog Tears Baby To Shreds, Mother Goes Insane & is Sent to Eloise

Saline Observer, September 19, 1929
All right, so it was just a rumor. Additional yarns included the father, 3 other children and also well-known citizens being involved in the tragedy. Investigations proved it to be bunkum.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Israel Shaloogian, Eloise Hospital & The Draft


I found this draft card and 1,254 more from Eloise wholly by accident while searching for Ray Morris in the previous post. I suppose that I figured that the saying "every able-bodied male" when referring to the draft would preclude those with psychological problems but it seems not. Especially ones who were adjudged insane and committed to a hospital. I could understand screening the more recent cases that seemed suspicious but elderly men were also included so it seems a bit disturbing.

As for Israel Shaloogian? I just liked his name. Plus he had a cousin named Pick! Or is that Dick? Either way I still like the name Shaloogian.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Treading Forbidden Paths With Roy Morris


I'm not sure where this postcard originated but I can verify exactly where it was shipped from and to: Eloise, Michigan to Romulus, Michigan, November 18, 1912. Or one hundred and three years ago and a few weeks.

The missive doesn't say much of substance and meanders between thoughts but I'll reproduce it the best I can:

November 17, 1912

Well Ray I made the grade all who got the car all right suppose you had some time after I left you but I wished I could of stayed longer if you ever have time when your over this way stop in your friend

S Pio?


At least I think that's what it says. No matter, I suppose, since it's all filler. Anyway, we'd like to believe that the couple in the photo are both at Eloise chopping their way to freedom but it most likely was a staged photo for profit. Good for them and me for picking this up for $1.25 at Motor City Antiques.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Former Prosecuting Attorney Begs to Go Back to Eloise

The Detroit Free Press, January 6, 1914
Edward Minock had a successful career as a private and prosecuting attorney but no luck keeping his wits. Plagued with bouts of melancholia he begged the Wayne County Court to put him in the asylum where he had previous stints. When refused on grounds of overcrowding he begged to be sent to jail. He was also denied that option for the exact same reason.

I was unable to find a follow-up to this decision but did manage to locate an obituary which posted in the Free Press exactly 5 years after this one. There is no mention of his Eloise days and simply states that he passed away at his home at 1778 East Grand Boulevard.