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I give him permeation to use any of my pictures he wanted. Since the Civil War - probably before - Parkersburg has been known for its bordellos and red light districts. Ray Swick, historian for Blennerhassett Island State Park, said part of the downtown area was the center of Parkersburg's red light district that featured many colorfully named bordellos, such as the Red Onion, Noah's Parekrsburg, Hawk's Nest and Little Egypt.
Roger Mackey and his cousins suspect she ran away to Steubenville, Ohio.
Roger Mackey himself learned of his aunt's profession when he was You walk like a cop,' and she ushered me right out the back door. Family members insist she was swindled as she was dying, ing a power of attorney to crooked doctors and attendants. David Scott, head of the Ritchie County Historical Society, remembers while growing up in Ritchie County, he always heard the same activities that went on in Parkersburg also happened at Mackey's pink farmhouse.
Naturally, we were thrilled to have something to tell everyone back in class. When discussing Mackey's vehicles, they quickly recount more than a half-dozen cars she owned during their lifetime.
For many years, prostitutes operated out of houses and hotels, under the guard of madams, and often with the protection of organized crime. Larry Gibson, another former officer with a long service in the department, remembers many of the same names and raids on downtown homes and hotels. At some point, family members say Mackey got involved in prostitution and returned to Parkersburg in the late s when she up shop as a madam.
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Her father, a drunk, allegedly made her sleep with his friends. Mayor Bob Newell, a former city police officer and chief, recalls the city had at least a half-dozen madams who operated bordellos. Pagkersburg near her parents and siblings at Nutter Cemetery near Macfarlan in Ritchie Parkfrsburg, Mackey's grave is marked by a simple, small bronze plaque. By the time she died, whatever money Mackey had disappeared.
According to many, she was a humanitarian who provided for many poor children in the area.
Newell said prostitutes worked a circuit, spending a week or two in different cities along the Ohio River before moving on to the next stop. The farm was punctuated with a large two-story farmhouse. Regardless of her occupation, she apparently had a heart.
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As her health got worse, Mackey left her farm and spent the last few years in Parkersburg, living with her sister, Ellie Mackey. When Mackey was a young teen, she left home without telling anyone where she'd gone or why. She was a madam in Parkersburg, operating out of a two-story house on Williams Court Alley.
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Mackey carried no purse or wallet. Roger Mackey recalls of losing friends as a result of his last name.
Pauletta said Mackey bought that same horse psrkersburg years. Roger Mackey said the family was poor, hunting for food in the woods of Ritchie County.
The annual purchases help provide school clothes for the man's daughter. Despite not having a driver'sMackey always had a nice car, purchasing a new one every year or so. Pauletta Mackey, Roger's wife, said an acquaintance of her's claims Mackey used to buy a horse from her father every year - the same horse. Allender said when Mackey purchased the place it was promptly painted pink - to advertise.
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Roger Mackey said his aunt is well-known for business activities, but she should be remembered for her charity to others. According to Roger Mackey, Mackey was likely the victim of sexual abuse. Many people recalled Mackey's generosity, including Gibson. Gibson, who started on the city police force intwo years before Mackey's escogts, said most prostitution was centered on the lower end of town.
Newell said much of the city's prostitution was run by organized crime from Steubenville and Wheeling. A few years later Mabel Mackey was diagnosed with cancer. She always came out.
Roger Mackey describes his aunt as the original hooker with a heart a gold. Bennett said he was never allowed in the house at Williams Court. New officers were often sent on "buys" for prostitution and liquor, he said.
Ray Swick, historian for Blennerhassett Island State Park, said part of the downtown area was the center of Parkersburg's red light district that featured many colorfully named bordellos, such as the Red Onion, Noah's Ark, Hawk's Nest and Little Egypt. Newspaper articles from the early 20th century detail local government efforts escorrs clean up the district and "inmates of houses of ill fame.
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According to former escrots enforcement officials and relatives, Mackey was one of the city sex trade's key figures for about 15 years. He suspects Durala was Mackey's enforcer and also perhaps a bag man for an organized crime syndicate in Steubenville. Allender recalls accompanying Mackey to the Pennsboro Fair one summer.
I didn't get the buy. According to Allender, Mackey asked the boy about his mother.
Mackey was more than just a madam. A large woman with big glasses and dark red hair, she stood 5-feet and weighed close to pounds. He also remembers his sister, Nina, being teased by school children who called her "Mabel. She remains a standout character in the city's history.
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Her nephew, Gary Bennett, often served as her chauffeur. Bennett admits if Mackey wanted to buy something, she bought it. Roger Mackey recalled the farm had "pleasure cabins" on the hill behind the parkersburgg. Gibson said he made several buys at many houses, including Mackey's place He also recalled a failed buy at Mackey's.
Mabel told the kid to come here a minute and he didn't have no shoes," Allender said.