The Forest Queen
Let's start on those new articles. First, a handful of new Forest Queen mentions.
An 1893 article mentions plans to dig the shaft to 160 feet. Owners are "Neil Dennison, R. W. Steele, and the Blonger Brothers of this city."
An June, 1894 article notes the sale of an interest to distiller J.W. McCullough. The mine is represented only as "a prospect," with a mineral vein yielding $4 to $90 a ton in gold. The price: $7500. Other sources have claimed McCullough paid Lou 20 barrels of his Green River Whiskey for the shares.
A strike in December yields $16 to $75 a ton.
An article in 1899 indicates Blonger and associates ar "saving a little ore at a depth of sixty feet."
Nothing new here, really. Just a litte more flesh on the bones.
A couple of new articles add to what we know about Lou's attachments. Nothing big, just a little more detail. To re-synopsize:
Lou weds Emma Loring in 1882, in San Francisco, we don't know exactly when. After January Lou is living in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
September 12, 1882, Lou is arrested for assaulting Park Van Tassel in a bordello after the Professor says something unseemly to the madam of the house. She is noted as being "Lou's woman." We now hear Lou visited Denver with his wife October 2. Taken at face value, this suggests Lou married Emma in late September. Was Emma his "woman," the madam?
In 1888, an Arizona prostitute, formerly of Albuquerque, murders Charles Hill as he breaks in to her chamber, where she is busy with another client. Her name, even as stated in documents from her trial in Kingman, is Kate "Kitty" Blonger. Lou arrives shortly in town thereafter, presumably to attend her trial (she is found not guilty).
A few days later, in Albuquerque, sporting woman Mollie Blonger is arrested for running a whorehouse.
In Denver, Lou divorces Emma at the end of April, 1889. Now Mollie turns up again, in Denver, with an unclaimed letter in June. Interesting. Also in June, Kitty has an unclaimed letter in Aspen.
By November, Lou has wed a young clog dancer named Cora, who would be his wife until his death.
Kitty, who had promised to move back eas to her family's bosom after her trial, was last seen (by us) in 1893 with an unclaimed letter at the Deadwood post office.