Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Helen Shupp Voller was a member of two of Yavapai County’s “first families.” She was born September 13, 1902, in Skull Valley to Chester Alvin Shupp and Dora “Nellie” Gibson Shupp, also Skull Valley natives.

Helen went to grammar school in Skull Valley. For a long time she rode to school horseback; she remembered chasing the horse up and down the road every morning to catch him and then hurrying him along so she wouldn’t be late to class.

She attended St. Joseph’s Academy in Prescott and the Normal School at Flagstaff before returning to live on the family farm in Skull Valley, where she helped care for fruit trees and the chickens her father kept for his egg business.

Helen opined that only the men in Skull Valley had a social life, when they would go get the mail. But she remembered dancing in the schoolhouse where her father fiddled, and her mother "chorded" on the organ. The dances were all-night affairs, with time out at midnight for a meal. When she tired, her parents made her a bed on coats piled in the corner of the room.

Occasionally, she rode the train to Prescott, but the Shupp family was able to do most of its shopping at Haselfeld’s Store in Kirkland.

When Helen was 18, she married George Harlow Voller, the son of a mining man from Ohio, in a simple ceremony in her Skull Valley home. After the birth of their first child, the Vollers moved to the Summer Apartments in Prescott, next door to the Plaza Annex Garage where George worked. He later went into the service station business with Otto Lange on the northeast corner of Montezuma and Alarcon Streets.

Voller owned the first plane at the Prescott Airport. His wife recalled that she and her daughter removed rocks from the dirt runway and filled up prairie dog holes so that he could land safely.

Helen Shupp Voller passed away in Prescott Valley on November 18, 1998.

Nominated by: Mona Lange McCroskey
March 2005

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