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To purchase a book, please Store Manager Melody Collins. Please include titles of interest and your address. You will be contacted with availability and total cost including shipping. Mildred Clark Cusey was a whore, a madam, an entrepreneur, and above all, a survivor. Born to Italian immigrant parents near Kansas City, she and her sister were orphaned early and separated from each other. Millie learned hard lessons on the streets, but she never gave up and she vowed to protect and support her ailing older sister. Caught in a domestic squabble in her foster home, Millie wound up in juvenile court with Harry Truman as her judge.
This would be only the first of many brushes in her life with prominent politicians. When physicians diagnosed her sister with tuberculosis and recommended she move west to a Catholic home in Deming, New Mexico, Millie moved with her. Expenses ran high and after a brief stint waiting tables as a Harvey Girl, Millie found that her meager tips could easily be augmented by turning tricks.
Thus, out of financial need and devotion to her sister, Mildred Cusey turned to a life of prostitution and a career at which she soon excelled and became both rich and famous. Arriving in the silver mining boomtown of Kingston in , Sadie Jane Creech Orchard is arguably the most colorful woman in New Mexico history. Sadie opened brothels, worked as a prostitute, built and operated hotels, restaurants, and co-owned and drove for a regional stagecoach line.
During World War I she tended to the less fortunate, and in the flu pandemic nursed children and cared for the sick and dying. Herein is a great new biography! He dispels many of the myths about these female outlaws, for sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Featuring forty-two historical images, Bedside Book of Bad Girls sheds light on figures and events often shrouded in fabrication and fantasy. Meet these fascinating characters, complete with their pistols and petticoats, their knives and knaves, their vices and victims. Come peek between the covers for an intimate look at the lives of women of the Old West.
Many turned to the red light district to survive. Mary Elizabeth Haley was born into a wealthy Texas ranch family, but she was kidnapped in a Comanche raid at age ten. Three years later, her father paid a ransom for her return. Fearing Mary had been defiled, the family shunned her. When she brought home a suitor, her father shot him dead. Mary fled to Kansas…and into a life of prostitution.
But her gambler husband was drowning in debt, which he paid off by pimping his own wife. Excommunicated from her church and betrayed by the love of her life, Maggie made her way West as one of the most popular—and well paid—harlots of the mining camps. As in the s, Thelma Dolly Copeland suffered repeated sexual abuse and ran away at thirteen. She finally closed her door at 24 Creek Street in Illustrated with rare historical photographs, Boudoirs to Brothels: The Intimate World of Wild West Women takes you inside the dark, dangerous lives of 18 madams and working girls.
As settlements and civilization moved West to follow the lure of mineral wealth and the trade of the Santa Fe Trail, prostitution grew and flourished within the mining camps, small towns, and cities of the nineteenth-century Southwest.
Whether escaping a bad home life, lured by false advertising, or seeking to subsidize their income, thousands of women chose or were forced to enter an industry where they faced segregation and persecution, fines and jailing, and battled the other hazards of their profession.
Some dreamed of escape through marriage or retirement, and some became infamous and even successful, but more often found relief only in death. An integral part of western history, the stories of these women continue to fascinate readers and captivate the minds of historians today.
Arizona and New Mexico each had their share of working girls and madams like Sara Bowman and Dona Tules who remain notorious celebrities in the annals of history, but Collins also includes the stories of lesser-known women whose roles in this illicit trade help shape our understanding of the American West. New Mexico Territory attracted outlaws and desperados as its remote locations guaranteed non-detection while providing opportunists the perfect setting in which to seize wealth.
Many wicked women on the run from their pasts headed there seeking new starts before and after statehood. Colorful characters such as Bronco Sue, Sadie Orchard and Lizzie McGrath were noted mavens of mayhem, while many other women were notorious gamblers, bawdy madams or confidence tricksters. Some paid the ultimate price for crimes of passion, while others avoided punishment by slyly using their beguiling allure to influence authorities.
Soiled Doves tells the story of the grey world of prostitution and the women who participated in the oldest profession. Colorful, if not socially acceptable, these ladies of easy virtue were a definite part of the early West--wearing ruffled petticoats with fancy bows, they were glamorous and plain, good and ad and many were as wild as the land they came to tame.
Others, such as "Sorrel Mike," escaped through suicide, Lottie John chose marriage and the Chinese slave girls lived a life without hope. Gambler, Prostitute, Lady of the Town. Battered by the hard times of some of the roughest towns in Texas, Lottie Deno in her youth earned a reputation as a stalwart survivor in a particular locale of a man s world the frontier saloon. She reportedly bested none other than Doc Holliday at poker and was otherwise competent, in demand, and profitable after hours.
But where other ladies of the night faded sadly, and prematurely, into penury and sad obscurity, Lottie Deno would in time marry well and reinvent herself as a respected lady of the towns of Silver City and Deming, New Mexico. Not persuaded by the myth-makers of the past, author Jan Devereaux presents and annotates the facts and tells a good story to give us the real Lottie Deno, one of the Wild West s most fascinating characters. In. Do NOT include payment information, this will be taken securely.
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