Washington Post: Edna Milton Chadwell, madam of Texas’s ‘Best Little Whorehouse,’ dies at 84
Edna Arretha Milton was born Jan. 3, 1928, in Caddo County, Okla. Her nephew said her family lived in sharecropper’s shacks and even in wagons.Elsewhere, the story continues to spread. It has conquered North America and is now running rampant in Great Britain and Australia. Some are reprints of the AP or the Houston Chronicle or the Washington Post pieces, but others are odd mashups, taking pieces from these stories and mixing them together with bits from Wikipedia and elsewhere. These are particularly interesting, because I can pick out my words there, paraphrased and altered slightly, but still sourced by yours truly, becoming part of the conventional wisdom and general knowledge base. It's a little heady, and a little scary at the same time.
At 16, Mrs. Chadwell was living in California, she later told writer Jayme Lynn Blaschke, when she was pushed into a marriage to Elva A. Hutson; they later divorced. She had a son who died in infancy.
With no other resources, Mrs. Chadwell moved to Texas and turned to prostitution.
“She told me she was on the brink of starvation,” said Blaschke, who is writing a book about the Chicken Ranch.
The Telegraphs: Edna Milton Chadwell
Yahoo!Movies: Edna Milton Chadwell, Last Madam of ‘Chicken Ranch’ Bordello, Dies at 84
Legacy.com: The Best Little Chicken Ranch in Texas
The Sydney Morning Herald: Madam of 'best little whorehouse' dies at 84
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