Bordello owner, brewers to be portrayed

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Vice and brewing beer in early Walla Walla are examined through two Living History portrayals at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, this weekend. The portrayals will start at 2 p.m.

Saturday, retired school teacher Lois Hahn portrays bordello owner Josephine "Dutch Jo" Wolfe. Dutch Jo was an astute businesswoman who took pride in performing an important service in her community. She ran an upscale establishment for gentlemen and insisted on high decorum from her employees. Dutch Jo's concern for the welfare of her employees led to regular health checkups for them plus clothing that was fashionable and not too revealing. Her concern for the Walla Walla community and especially the work performed by the firefighters in saving the community during the frequent fires that occurred led her to become a benefactor of the department.

Sunday, Pioneer brewmasters John and Catherine Stahl appear in the pioneer settlement. The Stahls were born in Germany, met in California during the gold rush and came to Walla Walla in 1870. They purchased the City Brewery located on Second Avenue. In 1880 they erected a brick brewery on the site, as well as a brick home next door, where they lived. The Stahls also built an opera house at First Avenue and Main Street in downtown Walla Walla. After John's death in 1884, Catherine continued to successfully run the brewery.

John and Catherine are portrayed by the Stahls' great-great-grandson David Emigh and his wife, Jill.

For information, contact Fort Walla Walla Museum at 509-525-7703, e-mail info@fortwallawallamuseum.org, or go to fortwallawallamuseum.org.

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