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The Dotey family’s going from riches to rags was a shocking example

The Calvin B. Doteys, a wealthy and greatly respected family, had a very fine old home with spacious grounds on South Third Street. Old Mr. Dotey [ed. – newspaper articles of the era spell the name ‘Doty’] made his fortune in, and was president of, the Jefferson Iron Works in the lower end of town. […]


Last stop: the poorhouse

The only asylumWas the poorhouse, and those who could afford,Rather than send their folks to such a place,Kept them at home; and it does seem more human.But it’s not so: the place is the asylum.There they have every means proper to do with,And you aren’t darkening other people’s lives…. Robert Frost (1874–1963), “A Servant to […]

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