Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Born on the Lessard Ranch near Mayer on October 21, 1894, Elva was the daughter of early pioneers, Albert W. and Virginia Lee Lessard. She attended Stoddard, McCabe, Humboldt and Prescott High schools.

On June 5, 1912, in Prescott she married Joseph L. Burleson. They had two children: Elva Violet Cornish (1916) and Joseph.

She married Everett Breckenridge, a miner, in 1927 in Gallup, New Mexico, and spent much of her married life in and around the mining camps where her husband was employed. Elva and Everett had three children: Beatrice Gill, Ida Rubi and Robert. She owned various mining interests, and at one time, operated a stage between Stoddard Mine and Mayer.

She was postmistress in Mayer. She was a charter member of the Eastern Star and belonged to the Methodist Church, the Garden Club, the Mountain Artists Guild, the Mayer Elder's Club and V.F.W.

In 1949, she became a custodian of the Sharlot Hall Museum and lived in an apartment at the rear of the Museum. Eva was especially interested in the Rose Garden. Her mother, her daughter Violet Cornish, her sister Ethel Edwards, and four aunts, Martha Enright, Mary Motsinger Mayginnes, Melissa Schornick and Jessie Edwards, are all represented in the Rose Garden.

Elva died in November 1973 and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Museum Rose Garden

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