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Re: Prostitution in Ketchikan
Posted by: Betty Lee Marker (ID *****8794) Date: January 09, 2005 at 04:54:21
In Reply to: Prostitution in Ketchikan by Penny Boatright of 2382

Hi Penny,
Yes, there was prostitution in Ketchikan, the ladies where mostly located on Creek Street (where both men & fish go to spawn - stated by Bob Hope), across from where the fishermen docked. They were also down the alley, behind the Marine Bar and again, across from where the fishermen docked. The "City Fathers" thought is best to close down the houses in the early 50's..looking forward to Statehoood.

I know of a Case family, they built a sawmill in Craig (out on Prince of Wales Island) back in the 1930-50's, also had a logging camp at Port Estrella (also on POW) up to the 50's. Also, know a Collins family in Ketchikan in the 60's. Don't know if these are relative though.

There were a couple of these ladies who married and moved to Craig who confided in me, the nature of their business. Both, "golden hearted"..helped the fishermen when things were tough, and where always paid back when fishing was good.

Hope this helps,
Betty (born in Ketchikan, raised in Craig)


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