Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Bessie was born April 13, 1859, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvia, the daughter of Sarah Lloyd and John Fredrick Blandy. Bessie and her sister left Philadelphia and headed to Arizona Territory to set up a home for their recently widowed father, a mining engineer. They traveled first by train and then by stagecoach, arriving in Prescott in 1890. The Blandy home still stands at 127 South Mt. Vernon Street

Bessie was an artist and teacher of watercolors and miniature porcelain painting. She was a member of the "Old Maids Club." (A photograph of the ladies' group can be found in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives.)

The Blandy family was active in the establishment of St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Bessie was a member of the General George Crook Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames and Daughters of the American Colonies.

Bessie never married, but she was once engaged to a man who died during the engagement period. She moved to San Bernardino, California, early in the 1930s to help manage the family feed mill. She lived with her sister and brother-in-law her entire adult life. She is remembered by her grand-niece as "a spirit-like form who drifted in and out of rooms throughout the house. I also remember what great desserts she made."

Because she had no immediate family of her own, Bessie was able to travel easily. She visited the East to see the sister who was left behind when the father and daughters came to Arizona Territory. Her sister, Frances Dallam Blandy Claypool, is also represented in the Rose Garden.

Bessie died in 1932 in San Bernardino and was buried at St. James the Less in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Donor: Jane Frances Claypool Johnston

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