All the expenses of my last sickness, my just debts, and funeral shall be fully paid, and provision made for a marker at my grave beside my husband, Morris Barrett, and a suitable inscription upon the monument on my lot in the Improved Order of Redmen (IORM) Cemetery, in Port Townsend, Wash.
My personal effects to be divided according to a list which I leave in the hands of my old and tried friend, J.M. Lockhart, whom I nominate and appoint to be the executor of this, my last will and testament, without bonds, hereby revoking any, and all former wills by me made, and empower him to sell my personal effects as hereinafter directed.
…to Etta Blakeney, of Baker City, Oregon, the sum of $200; and to Cora E. Juel, of Auburn, Nebraska, $200, and my watch, and other jewelry…
I desire J.M. Lockhart to take possession of my library and personal effects and to burn all old letters and papers he may find in my desk and trunk, in the attic of my house; to select what books he may wish to keep…my books of poems to go to Cora Juel, of Auburn, Nebraska…
Emma was born on the Indiana frontier in the newly established town of South Bend, on July 17, 1839. At age nineteen Emma married Pradt. The couple soon moved to Wisconsin where Louis worked as a printer. They had their first child in 1861 and a second in 1863; by 1864 both children had died. Emma had published poetry in local newspapers while still in her teens and during the difficult time of her children’s deaths continued to write, using both her own name and the pen name of “Polly Wiggins.”
By 1867 Emma had had enough of Louis’s drinking. She left their Wisconsin home and returned to South Bend where she became a school teacher. Her divorce from Pradt became final that year and in November Emma married Edward Molloy, the editor and publisher of the National Union newspaper. Emma and Edward subsequently bought the newspaper and she became the first female newspaper editor in Indiana.
In 1870, Emma and Edward had their only child, a son they named Franklin. Edward was still the editor and publisher of the South Bend Union and Emma worked, according to the U.S. Census, as “editress,” apparently sharing her husband’s duties as co-editor. This was a pivotal year for Emma, for besides becoming a mother again, she also gave her first public lecture. Emma had discovered that she possessed another talent, the ability to speak and persuade. Within just a few years, this would transform her life and make her one of the most famous women in the country.
In 1873, she recited an “original poem” at a temperance meeting in Elkhart, one of a handful of public speaking events in which she participated that year. It was in 1874, the year of the Women’s Crusade, that Emma began to believe in herself as a public speaker, and her journey as a national and international temperance advocate began.
In 1880, Emma was appointed the chair of the new WCTU committee for prison reform in Indiana. This prison ministry aimed to provide men with a place to live and employment upon their release from prison. It was generally believed that if men were gainfully employed they would not return to a life of liquor and crime, but would remain sober and productive members of society. Without help, these “men of weak moral development…[would] naturally drift back into the old channels of vice” and eventually return to prison. In an address to the WCTU, Emma stated her belief in the possibility of reform for these men who, with the “proper care and protection, might be made useful to society.”  Temperance leaders blamed liquor for many of society’s ills, particularly crime and family discord; therefore, it only made sense for the WCTU to form its own prison ministry. It was this ministry, and her continued desire to be a reformer of men, that led Molloy to the Michigan City, Indiana, prison where she met George Graham, who was serving a two-year sentence for forgery.
 Martha M. Pickrell, Emma Speaks Out: Life and Writings of Emma Molloy, 1839-1907 (Carmel, Indiana: Guild Press, 1999), 3.
 John Palmer, South Bend: Crossroads of Commerce (North Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2003), 80.
 Elkhart Daily Review, May 21, 1873.
 Indianapolis Sentinel, February 5, 1880.
 Indianapolis Sentinel, February 7, 1880.