Deadwood, South Dakota's most notorious madam, Influenza Pandemics, and why I'm probably alive today


While the news media continues to try to scare us shitless about the H1N1 Influenza virus, the present outbreak has nothing on what happened in 1918.

This is a story of how and why my grandfather, grandmother, and my aunt and uncle survived the influenza pandemic of 1918 – without Purell – and due entirely to the intercession of Deadwood, South Dakota’s most notorious brothel owner: “Poker Alice”.

Lee Williamson


I’m a life-long Portland area resident (except for a 15 year period living in various less-cool places). I’m a software developer, but I code to live, not the other way around. I spend probably too much time watching TV when I’m not surfing the web till my butt gets numb. I’ve got a big interest in history – especially if it’s the stuff they never taught you in school.