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Eloise Hospital - How Did It Get Its Name?

The Wayne County General Hospital and Infirmary, better known as Eloise, was named for Eloise Dickerson, the daughter of Detroit Postmaster and Eloise Complex governing-board president, Freeman Dickerson. In 1894, the facility was generating enough mail of its own to formally request a post office to be located on the premises. The governing board submitted the name of Dickerson's four year old daughter to the postal authorities without his knowledge. It was officially approved and on July 20, 1894 a post office named Eloise was established on the grounds of the facility. The name "Eloise" came into such general usage that the board applied it to the entire institution until 1945, when it was officially changed to Wayne County General Hospital and Infirmary.

A portrait of Eloise and her St. Bernard dog formally hung in the governing board room for many years. The general hospital closed in 1984, two years after Eloise Dickerson Davock died at age 93.


SOURCE: Redford Observer & Eccentric    Thursday, Novermber 30, 2000  p. A6.

For additional information, please see the Plymouth Observer, September 2, 1999,   p. A7.