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Living History: Josephine Wolfe, Pioneer Madame and Public Benefactress

  • Fort Walla Walla Museum 755 Northeast Myra Road Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)

Better known as Dutch Jo, Josephine Wolfe was a competent businesswoman who took pride in performing an important service in her community. She came to Walla Walla around 1860 and ran two upscale establishments for gentlemen. She insisted on a high degree of decorum from her employees, and she provided them with regular health checkups as well as good clothing that was fashionable and not too revealing. She was also a benefactress in the community, particularly to the local fire department. She paid for the fire fighter's statue at Mountain View Cemetery, where she and several of her employees are also buried. A copy of the statue is located at Crawford Park on Main Street next to the Farmer’s Market, which is in the vicinity of one of her former establishments.

Josephine Wolfe is portrayed by Lois Hahn, a retired school teacher.

A Living History performance at Fort Walla Walla Museum brings history to life with reenactors portraying real people from the area's past. This year’s schedule continues the company’s tradition of 2 pm presentations every Sunday from April through October, and also on Saturdays from June through August.

Earlier Event: June 8
Downtown Farmers Market