Apache May was the adopted daughter of John Slaughter and his wife Viola. She was discovered by Slaughter, allegedly abandoned, during a raid on an Apache camp in Mexico in May 1896.
It was claimed that when Slaughter found the girl she was wearing a skirt made from an election poster stolen from the house of a victim of an Apache raid. Whatever the truth of this, the Slaughters continued to fashion dresses out of posters of various kinds for the young girl to wear. Tragically, she would die in 1898 when one of these dresses caught fire as she was playing near an open flame.