Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Death of a Former Belle

The Detroit Free Press, September 14, 1906
In the 1870s Mary Black was a Montreal belle but her fortune changed after moving to Detroit. When her husband, a wholesale liquor dealer in the city, died she turned to drinking and spent years in jail, lost her family, friends and earthly possessions and died in the poorhouse in September of 1906.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Crazy is Crazy Except When It's Homicidal

The Detroit Free Press, April 12, 1908
The fact that Henry Crouffond didn't "look or act a bit crazy" but wanted to kill his father probably suggests that he wasn't insane at all but a little hot-headed. Or maybe his father was deserving of the the dishonor. No matter, when Henry escaped Eloise and needed a drink from his favorite watering hole, his father's forethought to warn the barkeep Guz Herz paid off as the news reached its way to the police and Crouffond was shipped back to the asylum.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Proposal to Provide Fresh Beef to the County House & Asylum from J. & J. Costello, Proprietor

This is another fresh beef proposal for the County House & Asylum from J. & J. Costello, another Detroit meat dealer, for the time period of July 1, 1891 to June 30, 1892. It came in 9 cents less than the Marcellus Gleason proposal though I'm not certain that it was a competition or that the lowest price got the contract.

As with the previous posting, W. R. Muir, Superintendent of the Poor, is emblazoned on the accompanying envelope.

Proposal to Provide Fresh Beef to the County House & Asylum from Marcellus Gleason, Proprietor

This proposal from May 30, 1891 was to provide fresh beef to the County House & Asylum for the thrifty sum of $5.69 for the fiscal year spanning July 1, 1891 to June 30, 1892.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Eloise Ephemera

I've come across a treasure trove of old Eloise contracts, correspondence and negotiations of such and plan to buy it up as I can afford. I considered contacting the Eloise Historical Commission but they'll just lock the stuff up and allow for its viewing at their will and convenience. I'd rather people actually be able to see the documents at their leisure instead of through some stuffy group of old hens.

I'll be posting these at some point in the next few days as time allows. These are mainly contract talks for beef sales to the House and Asylum from the 1880s and 1890s. Quite a brilliant find if I must say so myself.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Alfred McGee Was A Very Sick Man: The End

The Northville Record, October 6, 1933
Why waste ink on a byline and a short synopsis on what ailed Alfred Mcgee when two simple declarative sentences did the trick just fine. Actually, they weren't even sentences but fragments of what could have been sentences if only...


The Northville Record, August 12, 1910
I currently need that too. But one cook, one assistant laundress and three attendants was sufficient at the County House in August of 1910.