|Colette LaBate as Pearl DeVere|
What brought you to your current avocation- in other words how did you become a madam?
Although I became involved in the underworld through an acquaintance earlier, I chose to enter the profession as a business choice. I knew it would allow me the social access and upward mobility I desired.
Are you married or were you ever married?
Unofficially I may have been married up to three times. Officially there is no known record that I was ever married.
|Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, Pearls final resting place.|
Do your 'employees' like working for you?
Yes. The luxury of my parlor house allowed for a fairly easy life for the time period.
If you could give young people any advice, what would it be?
Be thankful for your comfortable life and the amazing opportunities you have. You have choices that never existed for the people who came before you.
Once she made her choice of profession, she made it the very best it could be. For that reason, even thought she was only in Cripple Creek for a few years, she remains one of its most renowned and beloved citizens.
Thank you Colette. For more information about Pearl you can hear her speak at the Historic Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, Colorado on Sunday August 24 at 2 pm. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Historic Chapel, Evergreen Cemetery|
You can also read more about the funeral in the book "Cripple Creek Days" by Mabel Barbee Lee