Looking Back: April 10, 1909 Easter recovery at Hotel Cass, Mount Clemens

Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published April 8, 2015

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Written by Kim Parr, director of the Macomb County Historical Society and Crocker House Museum, located at 15 Union St., Mount Clemens, MI 48043, www.crockerhousemuseum.com.

Many people came to Mount Clemens to find cure by taking a series of 21 mineral baths, staying for 21 days. And many would have to spend their holidays recuperating far from home. The Crocker House Museum has many postcards in its collection that were sent from or sent to those recovering from illness in Mount Clemens. There were many places to stay. In 1909, there were 10 bathhouses, 54 hotels and boarding houses, and two sanitariums. People came for many ailments that included gout, rheumatism, migraines, stress, cramps, pelvic inflammation, muscle, joint, and nerve pain, eczema, psoriasis, sprains, back and neck aches, neuritis, neuralgia, adhesions, leg pain and chronic swelling. The Cass Hotel was located at 10 N. Front St. in downtown Mount Clemens. Murl Dedenbach took this photograph of the hotel sometime in the early 1900s. The Easter postcard was one of many that was sent to Mrs. Ethel Roskopp while she was recuperating at the Cass Hotel. The card’s postmark date is April 10, 1909, and reads: “Dear Ethel, Rec’d your card & was very glad to hear from you, but sorry you are sick, but hope you will be able to be up & enjoy Easter. I probably will have my share of eggs alright for I like them quite well. Th’ot the pictures were just fine, very glad to receive them. Love to all, Addie.”

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