Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Bessie was born on November 20, 1889, in Kalona, Dodge County, Iowa. She was the daughter of James W. and Lina Statter Cupp. She had two brothers, Arthur and Willis Cupp. In 1911, she came to Arizona Territory.

Bessie taught school in Cherry, Arizona Territory, for two years. She married Eugene Neuman on December 21, 1912, in Prescott. He was born January 7, 1874, and had come to Prescott in 1901 to help rebuild the downtown area that had been devastated by a terrible fire in 1900. He became manager of the Bashford-
Burmister Dry Goods store and later president of the First National Bank.

The Neumans planted the old Brookside Orchard with 2000 apple trees; it was located at Granite Creek and White Spar Road. They owned all of Idylwild and part of the Thumb Butte area. They also bought a house on Pleasant Street as a rental property.

The Neumans were close friends with the well-known artist Kate T. Cory. She frequently visited their home. In 1932, they moved to a house at 230 South Pleasant Street. Bessie belonged to the Monday Club.

Eugene died July 31, 1967. Following Eugene's death, she gave his collection of arrowheads and Indian artifacts to the Sharlot Hall Museum.

Bessie died November 7, 1976, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Mrs. John Ernst

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