In Oklahoma City she is known as 'Effie'. A poor woman who loved not wise but too well and found herself pregnant with a married man's child. She a) either killed herself , b) was imprisoned by the married man, or c) was murdered. She has been said to haunt the Skirvin Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City since the 1920's.
In Goldfield, Nevada there is the story of "Elizabeth" associated with the historic Goldfield Hotel, who was a poor woman who loved not wise but too well and found herself pregnant with a married man's child. She a) either killed herself , b) was imprisoned by the married man, or c) was murdered.
It should be remembered that in Oklahoma City when it was opened as the result of the Land run of 1889, there were 'working girls' on the next train into town. "Big Annie" Wynn Bailey was a strapping girl in her mid-twenties fresh from the lucrative mining towns of Colorado. She saw opportunity and bought land, opened businesses in the heart of "Hell's Half Acre". Soon she controlled much of downtown Oklahoma City through real estate and a system of well placed bribes.
These "girls" as the prostitutes were sometimes called were a social subgroup with their own status, traditions, and behaviors. Did they also share a common 'folklore' of cautionary or fear tales to warn each other, and potential customers?
So who came first, "Emma" or "Elizabeth," or perhaps some yet to be discovered woman? It would be interesting to see how many of these tales of 'fallen' women with names beginning with an "E" might exist, identify when they first emerged, and discover if there movement could be tracked.
Other famous 'soiled doves' include Jerome, AZ's 'Julia' and 'Maggie' in Cripple Creek, CO. Over all the motif is similar to the cautionary tale of the 'Cry Baby Bridge', which I feel is a transference of the old Irish song, "Mary of the Moors."
NOTE: Anyone with knowledge of a story about a 'fallen women', 'scorned woman,' or 'compromised maiden' associated with a hotel or other town site, please contact me for an upcoming work.