Remembering Martinez: Do You Remember Rosie?

As part of the Remembering Martinez Reunion this weekend, folks are posting their memories of days gone by. Here's one about a mysterious woman. Did you know her?

Some knew her as "Rosie." Others knew her as "The Lady In Red." 

The woman in this picture is someone a lot of Martinez folks remember from the 1960s, and because she was mysterious, a lot of stories grew up around her. 

Some say that she moved with her husband to Martinez and he then went off to war, or to sea, and never returned. In this version of the story, she waited for him to return every day, certain he would come back. And he never did. 

There are other, less savory versions of Rosie's life. 

She apparently was a very well-dressed woman who wore a lot of rouge and was always seen around town. One of her favorite spots was a bench outside of the Traveler's Hotel on Alhambra Avenue. 

But many people remember her, are posting their memories on the Facebook page Remembering Martinez, and will no doubt share stories about her during this weekend's Remembering Martinez reunion. 

Do you remember Rosie? Tell us about it in the comments.

Jeannine Gendar August 15, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I do remember her, and I never could find out any more about her than what you've written here.
Doreen August 16, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I remember Rosie from my childhood & teens. I always said "hi" to her when I was downtown. She was self-employed well beyond retirement age & I admired her for that. Enterprising woman. Would love to know her life story if anyone knows the facts behind the mystery.
William B. Channel August 17, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I remember her in the late '40's and '50's, always in the vicinity of the Traveler's Hotel and the Greyhound Bus Station. Never met her, heard many rumors about her, both kind and not so kind. Some said she was waiting for someone special to arrive by bus.
jan mchugh August 18, 2012 at 01:40 AM
i remember watching her out my grandmas bathroom window she was in red dress hat shoes purse , was told she entertained the men


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