Pauline's Brothel - Bowling Green KY

Since: Dec 09

Bowling Green, KY

#104 Sep 24, 2010
In some ways our society is more puritanical now then we were in the late 1800's thru the 50's and 60's. Brothels were thought to be more of a necessity. Alot of women (not all) did not mind thier husband going to the brothel, but stepping out with another women was a no no. I used to know a older lady who said Pauline's took the pressure off of some women at home.
Just_me

Saint Louis, MO

#106 Oct 26, 2010
I have found a copy of the book that is signed and is in red velevt cover. can anyone tell me what it is worth or where I can take it and see if it has any vaule?
hmmmm

Bowling Green, KY

#107 Nov 1, 2010
those were the good old days
Just_Me

Fenton, MO

#108 Nov 2, 2010
hmmmm do you know?
ole coot

Scottsville, KY

#109 Nov 18, 2010
peacock wrote:
It was torn down in the late 60's
I have also read somewhere that it was torn down in the late sixties. 1969 was the year stated in an article I saw by Jim Gaines of the Daily News. I'm almost positive that isn't correct.

I think it was no earlier than the early seventies.

I saw another article by someone who said he was there in 1971. I'm inclined to believe it was still there in 1971.
ole coot

Scottsville, KY

#110 Nov 18, 2010
the dirty wrote:
if you look on ebay there is a brick for sale that actually came from her famous brothel before it was torn down.
Anyone can sell any brick on ebay and say it was from Pauline's.
Buyer beware.
sarah

Columbia, KY

#111 Nov 19, 2010
fascinated wrote:
You people can get here on Topix and say whatever you want to about Pauline's business, but what she done is certainly no worse than all the illegal drug use and other crap that goes on in today's society. At least, her line of work did not destroy people's lives like drugs and alcohol (improperly/illegally used) do nowadays. I would much rather have a prostitute living next door to me than to have a drug addict or convicted sex offender!! Now, put that in your corncob pipe and smoke it!!!!
Breaking up marriages, splitting families apart, children left with one parent, homes destroyed, this isn't bad? I bet if your a married woman and a prostitute lived next door to you, you wouldn't like it at all, get real, Alcohol and drugs are bad, but raising children alone is too, but then she ran a cat house so her kids could eat, to heck with the kids of homes and marriages she destroyed, guess they got by as best they could.
William

United States

#112 Dec 8, 2010
nee Smith wrote:
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Gosh you and I must be kin...Pauline and my father were first cousins.(I was a Smith )
She is my great or great great grandmother, if anyone still looks at this blog. We have furniture from that house.
William

United States

#113 Dec 8, 2010
Correction she is my great grandmother and she did in fact die a Christian. We have alot of priceless antiques from her house. It was interesting to find this blog on a family member...
William

United States

#114 Dec 8, 2010
As far as the bricks go... before they tore it down a group of business men gathered to sell all of these bricks in which Pauline did not profit from FYI. Funny thing on my back porch i have a brick from her daughter in laws house "Mary Tabor" my grandmother.
Katie

Bowling Green, KY

#116 Jan 6, 2011
Chuck Weaver wrote:
I knew Pauline personally and have been in her house on Clay St. and also on her farm many times.
I'm writing an article on the brothel for an online magazine. I would LOVE to ask you a few questions over e-mail. Contact me at [email protected] if you're willing to share some info. Thanks
Katie

Bowling Green, KY

#117 Jan 6, 2011
William wrote:
Correction she is my great grandmother and she did in fact die a Christian. We have alot of priceless antiques from her house. It was interesting to find this blog on a family member...
I am writing an article on the brothel for an online magazine and would LOVE to ask you a few questions about Pauline. If interested in sharing, e-mail me at [email protected] Thanks!
Maude

Lexington, KY

#118 Jan 21, 2011
Pauline was a great lady. May she rest in peace. She did what she had to do without regard to what others said or thought, and she ought to be respected for what she did. She didn't depend on the government or handouts to provide for herself and he family, she found a way and did it herself.

Her and my grandmother were good friends, she has so many stories about Pauline and the times they shared. One is about the carpeting in Pauline's parlor, she said you just sank in it! And Pauline's collection of antiques was priceless, my grandmother still has a lamp that was in the house that Pauline gave her as a gift after the house had closed.

RIP Ms Pauline, you're missed very very much.
H R Watt Bowling GreenKy

Owensboro, KY

#120 Jan 23, 2011
yeah right wrote:
My father remebers it as a kid. In fact the "milk can" that sat in her drvieway now sits on my fathers back porch.
Not True, The can is Was sold at auction A minster in Bowling Green has It.
H R Watt Bowling GreenKy

Owensboro, KY

#121 Jan 23, 2011
Maude wrote:
Pauline was a great lady. May she rest in peace. She did what she had to do without regard to what others said or thought, and she ought to be respected for what she did. She didn't depend on the government or handouts to provide for herself and he family, she found a way and did it herself.
Her and my grandmother were good friends, she has so many stories about Pauline and the times they shared. One is about the carpeting in Pauline's parlor, she said you just sank in it! And Pauline's collection of antiques was priceless, my grandmother still has a lamp that was in the house that Pauline gave her as a gift after the house had closed.
RIP Ms Pauline, you're missed very very much.
There was no carpet in the parlor.
H R Watt Bowling GreenKy

Owensboro, KY

#122 Jan 23, 2011
William wrote:
Correction she is my great grandmother and she did in fact die a Christian. We have alot of priceless antiques from her house. It was interesting to find this blog on a family member...
This is True Thanks to brouther Richard Odem of Bowling Green
H R Watt Bowling GreenKy

Owensboro, KY

#123 Jan 23, 2011
I used to deliver groceries to the house on clay every day after school in 1963-64. Mrs Pauline was seldom at the house. It was run at that time by a lady name Carol King for Pauline. I have been in the house hundeds of times.
History Buff

Trinity, TX

#124 Jan 27, 2011
I have read all of the posts on this thread from the beginning-end. 1 thing that people keep going around--it was business. I am too young to remember anything about it personally but I do remember my grandmother speaking of her and she spoke well of her. If my grandmother was still with us she would be about 100 so she spoke from experience. Many of her family members were considered to be "rough" as they termed it in those days. They frequented the establishment. They all spoke highly of the ladies and their experiences there. They actually showed a respect for them that most young men don't any of the girls in this day and time. As one of the posts stated, it was a different time back then. Most all men drank, even the Christian men. It was not uncommon for any man to take a drink. The biggest difference is that when the basic man got drunk which happened more than is acceptable now (now they would be an alcolholic and we'd send them to rehab), there wives didn't want to be bothered with them. As I have heard, they didn't want to be near the "stink" of drunkeness. Woman were NOT partiers back then. The wives did NOT go to the bars with their husbands. When the moonshine was being made, the woman were not part of that world. I know because my family spent time in jail for making it and getting caught doing so. These woman were made to be clean and well kept. Pauline made sure that they were in good health and were careful and were not getting themselves pregnant or diseased for the rest of their lives. In this same aspect, the much more prudent females that were the wives of the patrons of this establishment did not want to be bothered with the drunken side of their husbands/boyfriends. They also realized that the men had "needs" that they were not going to be a part of.(As the one gentleman referred to as a "menu") Most all of the women that I know personally that knew their men had gone to Pauline's looked at it as if they had gone to purchase a service. They did not take it personally. They all knew that the ladies that were "working" at Pauline's was doing exactly that--working. They weren't following these men home and chasing them around. They weren't texting, facebooking, emailing, etc--well you get the point. "Respectable" women of those days didn't talk about sex out loud let alone in public. Many woman and their husbands still slept in twin beds until the 50's and 60's or in separate rooms. Sex was not acceptable as it is today. It was a different world. Good business is based on supply and demand--there was a demand and Pauline's was the supply. My grandmother always said that Pauline's probably saved many marriages. She said that if the men came home "with lovin' on their mind" and the wives didn't want to, they would have either taken what they wanted with or without permission or beat the wives up or found a "trollip" to take care of them. She also said that it probably kept many of the young girls safe in college because the boys had options. She said that the men gave Pauline's girls more respect since they had to pay for it than they would have just anyone off the street. With all of this said, I just would like for everyone to look at her and her business in the light that it was taken in that day--not ours now. It may not have been right per se, but it was acceptable and was the best answer for the situation at the time.(Many people don't realize or just don't know that Bowling Green used to be referred to as Little Chicago because it was so "influenced" in the business aspect.From what I understand, Pauline helped to change that in ways.)
Blair

Murfreesboro, TN

#126 Jul 19, 2011
My family has possession of several of her velvet bound books and the organ that was in her brothel is in my living room. I'm not sure of her relation to my family, but I would love to find out. Is anyone here a direct relation to her?
Well Now

Glasgow, KY

#127 Jul 20, 2011
fatgirl wrote:
You all can say she was a good person all you want to, but a woman that runs a whorehouse is not doing or being GOOD. No where in here does it say she repented of her sins an got 'saved'. Unless she did, she is burning in HELL today. She would probably give anything to get back here for one second to get 'SAVED'. God would gladly forgive her. He will forgive you too if you only ask and beleive Him. All the good deeds she did on earth are no good to her now.
Actually, Pauline was a good person and she did indeed become very active in a Baptist church in her latter years. As she said in one of her interviews in response to some claiming she didn't have any religion "honey, I have more religion in my little finger than some of these Holy Joes out here judging everybody." She was also known to pray incredibly meaningful prayers when called upon.

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