Upcoming OLLI Class- Eureka’s Red Light District, early 1900s

Old Town Eureka Red Light District

Please consider attending my upcoming OLLI class offered through Humboldt State University

The Abduction of Ida Ballard and Other Stories from Eureka’s Red Light District

With Lynette Mullen, Historian

On May 13, 1907, 18-year-old Ida Ballard disappeared in broad daylight from the middle of downtown Eureka — turning up the next day disheveled and in apparent shock over her terrifying ordeal. Hypnotized by a “witch-like” woman in front of Barry’s Grocery (currently the Lost Coast Brewery Restaurant in downtown Eureka), Ida said she had been spirited away by the old hag and imprisoned overnight in a shed behind a 4th Street bordello. Ida was confident that the owner had planned to force the girl into a life of shame. What happened next reminds one of the Salem Witch Trials, when Mamie Wright, the Eureka Resort’s black madam, was accused of orchestrating the crime and was arrested. Learn more about the Ballard abduction case, Mamie Wright, and other sporting women who populated Eureka’s Red-Light District in the early 1900s.

Thurs., May 20 • 6-8 p.m.

Online

$20 • Class #: 24281

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2 Responses to Upcoming OLLI Class- Eureka’s Red Light District, early 1900s

  1. […] can learn more about Eureka’s early “Resorts” by attending my OLLI class, The Abduction of Ida Ballard and Other Stories of the Red Light District, presented through Humboldt State University next Thursday, May […]

  2. […] as I was recently researching information for my upcoming OLLI class, I found Jenice and an explanation for the sadness so evident in her […]

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