Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
Dora, daughter of George Davis and May Imus Davis (Young), was born on October 4, 1898, in Hackberry, Mohave County, Arizona. She attended school in Kingman and a Catholic school in San Diego. On November 15, 1915, she married Samuel M. Graves, a cattleman, at her parents' DW Ranch located at the foot of the Hualapai Mountains.

Dora and Samuel had two children: Samuel George, born October 2, 1916; and Anna May Graves Jamtgaard, born November 10, 1918. The couple bought a ranch on the Big Sandy River, Arizona. One evening when Samuel went out to check on his beehives, he was stung in the throat by a bee. Within a few hours of the bite, he died.

In 1924, Dora married Jesse Bender Roy, but the couple divorced on February 25, 1927. Dora married Henry A. Sharp on March 12, 1927, in Needles, California. Henry worked for the Arizona State Highway department. He, Dora and her two children moved to Duncan, Arizona. Henry was later transferred to Cottonwood and then to Copper Creek Camp in Yavapai County. From Copper Creek the family moved to Mint Valley.

Dora and Henry had four children all born in Prescott: Alberta Dean Allmon, born February 14, 1930; Robert Lee, born September 25, 1932, died September 29, 1932; Betty Loe Allmon, born June 18, 1934; and Henry Albert Jr. (known as Tucker), born November 6, 1937.

Just before Tucker was born, Dora and Henry bought their own ranch in Mint Valley, still known today as the Sharp Ranch. It was in the middle of the depression, and Henry was fortunate to have a steady job so he could qualify for a mortgage.

Henry worked all over his district and was seldom home, leaving Dora to tend to the children and oversee the working of the ranch. They team-farmed until 1944 when they bought their first tractor.

In 1951, they finally got electricity at the ranch and held a big party with dancing outside and supper after dark with Doraís new electric porch light to illuminate the yard.

Dora was a member of the Daughters of Mohave County Pioneers, Western Star Rebecahs and known as a gardener extraordinaire as well as being a mother and ranch wife. She canned all her garden produce, sewed, cooked, baked and enjoyed collecting recipes and cookbooks.

She began the square dancing at the Yavapai County Fairgrounds in a small wooden structure heated by a wood stove. That structure was later torn down to make way for the Mackin Building. In 1950, she moved the dances to Chino Valley in the schoolís gymnasium.

After suffering a heart attack, Henry was forced to retire from the County service. He died on May 10, 1966.

Son Tucker and his wife Dana Brisendine Sharp came home to help Dora run the ranch. Dora decided she didnít want anything more to do with the old ranch and moved into to town for a while. She wasnít happy in town either and moved around to several places, living for a while in a mobile home in Chino Valley. She kept busy planting roses, flowers and raising a vegetable garden. But she finally came back to the home ranch in Mint Valley and always enjoyed family get-togethers. When her health declined, she moved into Mt. View Manor.

Dora died on July 25, 1994, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Kingman, Arizona.

Donor: Betty Allmon, daughter
April 2003

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