Long (Room 6) was the toast of the Fortune Club. A native of St.
Louis, she arrived in Victor to sell her wares for the Fortune Club’s
opening night, January 19, 1900. She was still hosting in Room 6
when the Fortune Club closed in 1916. She later opened a café
in Cripple Creek.
and Hattie Fay (upper left photograph) were star attractions in
the hottest burlesque in the West in 1901, at the Union Theater
on Third Street, Victor. After the show, they hosted in Rooms 3
and 4 of the Fortune Club.
They were later run out of town, as their
act was “so indecent as to shock the hardened men who composed the
audience of this infamous theater”
(The Victor Daily News, November 16, 1902)
The Chicago Rose was said to be the favorite
of Harry Lang. She hosted in Room 5 for several years and worked
the “21” table in the Fortune Club. She died during the flu epidemic
of 1906 and is buried in Victor’s Sunnyside Cemetery.
Red Stocking Lee (Room 9) was moved to Victor
from Myer’s Avenue in Cripple Creek . After having an affair with
Harry Clayton, Victor’s Mayor, she was given a one way ticket to
Kansas City in 1903. There she opened the famous Red Stocking Lee
Lil (lower left photo) came to Victor from Goldfield, Nevada and
soon became one of the Fortune Club’s lovely ladies, hosting in
Room 8. In 1907 she was killed in a brawl at the Senate Bar.