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The Way We Really Were

By Virginia McConnell Simmons

MollieBMargaret (“Maggie”) Tobin Brown was one tough lady long before the RMS Titanic went down in 1912, making her a heroine. In Leadville, she worked at the Daniels & Fisher store and lived as a bride and mother in a two-room cabin at Stumpftown with James “JJ” Brown, a silver miner who struck gold at the Ibex property. After moving into Denver’s elite neighborhood, she became a club woman, philanthropist, champion of women’s suffrage, and twice a candidate for the U.S. Senate – hardly Hollywood’s adorable star of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Photo from Colorado Women (1910).