Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Josephine Stombs was born on February 20, 1850, in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1867, she married Cornelius Emmett Blackburn in Petaluma, California, and had four children: Benjamin Franklin, Arthur Edward, Minnie (Mrs. Andy) Weishaar and Ida (Mrs. George) McIlrath.

Josephine moved in 1876 to Aslin Mill, six miles east of Prescott, where she lived with her children and her mother and ran a boarding house. In Skull Valley on September 27, 1880, Josephine married Alfred Shupp, who had been a member of the Joseph Reddeford Walker Party.

The Miner had predicted this in an item in the June 18, 1880 issue: "Alfred Shupp of Skull Valley came up from his home accompanied by a lady of the same valley. Both of these parties are single, and it looks a little suspicious to see our friend Shupp in broad cloth." The wedding itself is described in detail in the Miner's October 1, 1880, issue.

Josephine and Alfred had a son, Chester Shupp (1881), whose wife, Nellie, is also represented in the Rose Garden. Alfred died in 1899.

Josephine was lovingly called "Grandma Shupp." Her home was always open to friends, and many families looked to her as the community nurse.

Josephine died on August 22, 1945, and was buried in the Skull Valley Cemetery.

Donor: Ida McIlrath

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