Wednesday, June 13, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: June 13

June 13, 1933 – Alice Elizabeth Doherty, “The Minnesota Woolly Girl,” died on this date at age 46 in Dallas, Tex. She was born in Minneapolis in 1887 and is the only known person born with hypertrichosis lanuginosa in the United States.

Alice in her teenage years.1

Alice was born with two-inch long blonde hair all over her body.1

Her parents took advantage of her unusual looks and started exhibiting her as a sideshow attraction from as early as two years old.

A portrait of young Alice.2

Alice and family were able to make a decent living, but she did not care for the sideshow life, and retired in Dallas in 1915.

My heart breaks for this poor girl and woman!



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