Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Angela Hutchinson Hammer, daughter of William Tallentyre Hutchinson and Sarah Agatha O'Higgins, was born November 30, 1870, in Virginia City. She and her parents came to Picket Post, Arizona, in 1883.

In 1896, she married Joseph S. Hammer, a building contractor. Angela and Joseph had three children: Louis Joseph Fairfax, William and Marvin; they also had eight grandchildren.

The Hammers spent time at Silver King, Crown King, Phoenix, Wickenburg, Gila Bend and Casa Grande. Angela was a newspaper publisher and journalist. She used the editorial power of her various newspapers to effect social change, bringing order and lawfulness to those early mining towns, as well as women's suffrage, statehood and, later, conservation of ground water and the promotion of dam projects for agricultural irrigation.

Angela died April 9, 1952, and was buried in Phoenix.

Donor: Betty E. Joy

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