Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Alice, daughter of William Waters and Ida Sarah Densmore Durbin, was born on July 2, 1890, in Prescott, Arizona. She and her five sisters grew up in the house her father built on McCormick Street and attended school in Prescott.

After high school, Alice went to work for the New Consolidated Telephone & Telegraph & Electric Company of Prescott and became their chief operator. On October 9, 1912, she married James Thomas White. The couple had one son, Jim, born on May 28, 1916. They were divorced in June 1921.

On August 25, 1921, Alice married Ben Stewart, a cattleman and owner of the T Anchor and Double T ranches east of Mayer, Arizona. The couple had three children: John William (Jack), born June 25, 1922; Helen Francis Helm, born July 13, 1923; and Charles Bradley (Brad), born September 28, 1926.

Alice was an original member of the Yavapai Cowbelles, active in Mayer community affairs and with the Girl Scouts. She also served on the Mayer School Board. The schoolteacher lived with the Stewart family for a number of years, which was the custom in those days.

Alice lived most of her life in Yavapai County and all her life in Arizona. She shared her memories of early Prescott and as a ranch wife with her children in stories, such as riding horseback over Mingus Mountain to attend social activities in Jerome.

When Ben’s health began to decline, the couple left the ranch and moved to Tempe, Arizona, in 1956. They lived there until Ben died on July 5, 1961. Alice continued to live in the Valley. She died on June 20, 1976, and was buried in Twin Buttes Cemetery in Tempe, Arizona.

Alice’s mother Ida and her sister Jessie Grace Powers are also commemorated in the Rose Garden.

Donor: Margaret Stewart, daughter-in-law
November 2003

Additional documentation and photographs may be available in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives and Library.