Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Florence Mae Marks was born in Sarsfield, Ohio, on April 16, 1882. She was adopted and brought to Prescott as an infant by Jacob and Josephine Marks, who built the venerable old house on the southeast corner of Union and Marina streets in 1894.

They sent her to a San Francisco finishing school, where she studied music and elocution. In February 1902, she married Thomas Henry Bate, “Prescott’s Photographer.” They had three sons, Thomas Henry, Jr., William G. and Claude.

Florence participated in local talent shows, in which she recited poetry in “vibrant tones.”

She died in Phoenix, Arizona on December 25, 1955.

Florence’s mother, Josephine Pooler Marks, is also commemorated in the Sharlot Hall Rose Garden.

Donor: Mona Lange McCroskey
April, 2007

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