Sep 062013

A fascinating historical character from the Holbrook-Winslow area will be the subject of a presentation at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at La Posada in Winslow.
Emma Lee, known and revered in central Navajo County as Doctor Grandma French, will come to life when one of the acts of Three Strong Western Women is performed in the ballroom at the historic hotel.
Emma Lee was a handcart pioneer and 17th plural wife of John D. Lee, the only man executed for the killing of a wagon train of settlers headed through southern Utah in what is known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
She ran the famous Lee’s Ferry while her husband was in prison, during his two trials and even after he was executed.
Eventually, she remarried and moved on, living in several White Mountain communities and Holbrook before settling in Winslow, where she practiced her healing skills and took on the title of “Doc.”
The play, and book of the same name, was written by Carol Sletten of Pinetop. The other characters are Minnie Guenther, a Lutheran missionary to the White Mountain Apaches; and Lozen, an Apache woman warrior and sister of Chief Victorio. After she surrendered with Geronimo, she was taken to Holbrook to board a train for a prison camp in Florida.
Sletten is also the author, along with husband Eric Kramer, of the book Story of the American West, Legends of Arizona, which tells the history of east-central Arizona from the geologic formation of the area to the eve of World War II.
After the author reads the Emma Lee act, there will be a book discussion and signing. La Posada is located on old Route 66 at 303 E. Second St. in Winslow.

Drawing by Carol Sletten/Copyright 2012 by Carol Sletten Emma Lee

Drawing by Carol Sletten/Copyright 2012 by Carol Sletten
Emma Lee