Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Blanche was born in Eugene, Indiana, on August 11, 1880, and came to the Prescott area in 1902. She taught school at Iron King and Poland Junction in the Bradshaw mining district.

In 1907 at the Lowry home in Kansas, she married James L. Whetstine, who was assistant postmaster in Poland. Every resident of the town of Poland signed a congratulatory telegram to the young couple at the time of their wedding.

The Lowrys moved to Prescott, where James later became the mayor and the president of the Bashford-Burmister Co. A consistent patroness of the artistic and cultural life of Prescott, Blanche was a life member of the Monday Club.

She joined the Monday Club because, she said, "In those days, there simply wasn't any other club with the same goals to maintain an organized center for mental culture of its members and to encourage civic improvement." Blanche was the club's president in 1914-15 and again in 1962-63. She was devoted to the club and wrote its history that was placed in the cornerstone of the club house on Robinson Drive and Stetson.

Blanche belonged to the Golden Rule Chapter #1, Order of the Eastern Star, and served as Worthy Grand Matron of the State of Arizona Order of Eastern Star and for several terms served as its Grand Secretary. She belonged to the Friends of the Library, the Mountain Artists Guild, the Republican Women's Club and the First Congregational Church.

The Whetstines lived on South Mt. Vernon Street during the late 1930s and early 1940s. A very kind and gentle woman, she worked hard in the community. Well into her 80s, she was still alert and had concern for many people. She was generous both with time and money toward helping others.

Blanche died in May 1973 in Prescott and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donors: Kitty Jo and Keith Nelson

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