Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Hester was born on April 24, 1857, in Cedar Bluff, Alabama, daughter of William Taylor and Amanda Lavina Golightly Shook. On November 23, 1882, she married Charles Travis, a carpenter, in Gladsen, Alabama. Hester and Charles had one son, William Bliss Travis, born February 29, 1888, in Graysville, Tennessee.

The Travis family came to Prescott in May 1899 and lived at 422 South Marina Street and at 120 Park Avenue in the home they built in 1904 and in which Hester lived until her death. Hester was a housewife and, loving roses, had many rose varieties growing at the family home on Park Avenue. She shared the flowers and let others propagate rose bushes from hers.

Hester was very active in the Prescott Methodist Episcopal Church, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and served with the missionary society. She was given an honorary life membership in the missionary society in 1933. She was responsible for having the Sunday School classes classified as a "graded school."

Her great-granddaughter gave these reasons for honoring Hester: "She loved roses, and I can think of no better way for the family to honor her than by having her represented in the Memorial Rose Garden. She apparently was just an ordinary wife and mother and wouldn't be considered as well known or a celebrity in the local community, but, from the stories I've been told, she was well respected and highly thought of by those who knew her."

Hester died on January 31, 1934, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donors: grandson William (Bill) Travis, Jr. and great-granddaughter Janet L. Travis
June 1999

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