September 14, 2012

Who in hell is Mollie?

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ho in hell is Mollie?

In Alias Soapy Smith, I make note that although christened Mary Eva Smith, Soapy addressed her in letters as "dear wife" or “Mollie.” In one letter to her husband, Mary signs her own name as "Mollie." However, when it came to legal documents, such as the times he sent her money, he used her legal name, "Mary E. Smith," as in artifacts #20 and #21. There are letters addressed to "Mary" from members of the gang (Yank and Hi-Ki Fewclothes, artifact #6), but I have not found one letter from Soapy in which he addresses her as "Mary." At the time of publication I did not have an explanation but recently I accidentally came across the name of "Mollie" used as an example for a name at Think Baby Names.

Mollie \m(ol)-lie\
As a girl's name is a variant of Mary (Latin) and Molly (Irish, Latin), and the meaning of Mollie is "star of the sea."

Looking around other like sites I also found the following.

Mollie: Originally a pet form of Mary, Molly is now bestowed as an independent given name.
Var: Mollie.
Source: Baby Name Wizard.

Mollie Mol•lie [mol-ee] noun
a female given name, form of Mary.

Artifact # 1, March 9, 2010
Artifact # 6, April 11, 2010
Artifact # 20, August 12, 2010
Artifact # 21, August 15, 2010

"Mollie": page 108, 281, 411, 418, 495, 498

"If there is vigor in the law Soapy Smith will be sent to the penitentiary. He is a professional swindler and has attempted murder before. There is not a more desperate nor dangerous person than he in Colorado who is allowed to run at large."
Rocky Mountain News, June 8, 1894.


1807: Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr is acquitted of a misdemeanor charge. Two weeks earlier Burr had been found innocent of treason.
1814: Francis Scott Key writes the "Star-Spangled Banner," a poem originally known as "Defense of Fort McHenry," after witnessing the British bombardment of the fort during the War of 1812. The song becomes the official U.S. national anthem on March 3, 1931.
1847: U.S. forces take control of Mexico City under the leadership of General Winfield Scott.
1864: Gold is discovered in German Gulch, present day Montana.
1866: George K. Anderson patents the typewriter ribbon.
1899: Henry Bliss becomes the first automobile fatality in New York City.
1901: U.S. President William McKinley dies of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin.
1901: 42-year-old Vice President Theodore Roosevelt is sworn in as the 26th President of the United States.
1905: 70-year-old Rain in the Face dies. Having previously denied that he had been the one who killed General George Custer at the battle of Little Bighorn; on his deathbed he said “Yes I killed him. I was so close to him that the powder from my gun blackened his face.”

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