Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Ida, daughter of Joel Henry and Elizabeth Davis Densmore, was born on July 31, 1859. She came to Prescott from Colorado with her parents in 1875. It was in Prescott that she met her future husband William W. Durbin.

William had lived at Fort Whipple Barracks and purchased a lot on McCormick Street from Judge Fleury in 1875. He probably built the house on the lot as his occupation was that of carpenter/builder. William and Ida were married in Prescott on January 2, 1881.

Ida had a large number of children in a very short time: Jessie Grace Powers, born November 15, 1881; Florence B. Anderson Kennedy, born February 26, 1883; Iva D. Ranney, born September 28, 1884; Francis J., born February 16, 1887; Helen Ann Williams Reynolds, born March 30, 1888; Alice Elaine White Stewart, born July 2, 1890; Elmer Henry, born May 16, 1893; and Mattie Elizabeth Scott, born June 30, 1894.

The two boys died in infancy, and the six beautiful girls grew to adulthood in Prescott. Three of them, Jessie, Alice and Mattie, lived in Yavapai County virtually their entire lives. Ida represented many women of the time as she pursued her role as wife and mother of a large family.

Ida died on May 5, 1900, and was buried in Citizens Cemetery.

Donor: Patricia T. Atchison, great granddaughter
April 2003

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