Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Elizabeth "Bess" Christina Bargmann (alternate spelling "Bargeman") was born on September 6, 1856, in Holland. Bess was the oldest of the Bargmann children. She moved with her family to Walnut Grove, Arizona Territory, in the early 1870s.

Bess helped drive livestock, cared for the younger siblings and became her father's mainstay after her mother's death. Bess' sister, Millie, married Samuel Boblett, Sharlot Hall's cousin.

Bess married her first husband Hesser on July 16, 1876. Later, she marred Del Thorne on January 1, 1884, a rancher. He provided the livestock for the first Prescott rodeo. Del adopted her son, George.

On July 2, 1898, she married Edward M. Albertson at Lynx Creek.

She became the owner of the Bar Circle A Ranch in Lynx Creek and lived in Arizona more than 60 years. Some of her personal items were donated to Sharlot Hall Museum.

Bess died on February 13, 1947, in San Bernardino, California.

Donor: Emma Andres
Revised February 2000
Revised January 2014

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