Mary Lucas

The Madam at Six-Twenty-Seven Clay Street: Bowling Green’s Infamous House of Ill Repute

This book about one of Bowling Green, Kentucky’s, most colorful characters is the result of more than twenty years of collecting stories about Pauline Martin Tabor Webster. I did not seek out most of these stories; they were simply handed to me or given to me orally after I began speaking about Pauline at local meetings and book clubs in Bowling Green. I initially based those talks on my one meeting with that famous woman and then became a collector of “Pauline stories” as time went by and more people gave me stories about her. I had based my talks about Pauline on that one meeting after which I became fascinated with her, both as a person of amazing energy and pure “gall” and a person who had played her own part in the history of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Mary Lucas

Mary Melton Lucas received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and her master’s degree in history and education from Western Kentucky University. She was an instructor in the WKU Department of History from 1988 until 2005.

Lucas is the author of a novel published in 2012, and co-author of a book on Bowling Green World War I Air Ace, Victor H. Strahm, publishing in 2017. She does research on Bowling Green, Kentucky local history, and enjoys speaking in libraries and clubs about Bowling Green’s famous madam, Pauline Tabor. Those speaking engagements resulted in being gifted with many stories from residents who remembers the famous madam, which led to this book, “The Madam at 627 Clay Street.”

In one of her speeches on Ms. Tabor at a Bowling Green library, Mrs. Lucas said: “This woman looked like a grandma, not a madam. But she was one of the most notorious madams in the nation, and was a very good businesswoman.”


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