Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Mahala was born in Rolla, Phelps County, Missouri, on June 6, 1844. She came west by wagon train pulled by oxen from Kansas to Arizona Territory in 1864. En-route on this treacherous journey, she married fellow traveler Andrew Steinbrook, a Kansas farmer, and they settled on Walnut Creek near Fort Hualapai. Their homestead was on the land which now houses the K4 ranch headquarters.

Mahala and Andrew had four children: Andrew Jr., born in 1868; daughter Laura, born in 1870; an infant daughter who died in 1872; and Walter, born in 1873. Mahala’s days were filled with raising her children, growing a garden for food, milking a cow or two, and cooking meals for her family.

In 1873 while Malaha was still bedridden after the birth of her last child, Andrew was killed during an altercation with their neighbor George Thrasher. He was buried in Walnut Creek Cemetery.

The young widow then moved her family to Prescott’s Miller Valley, where they lived until 1877. Mahala was blessed with an Army Pension from Andrew’s service as a Civil War Corporal of Co. K, 3rd Kansas Volunteer Cavalry.

In 1916, Mahala moved in to the Arizona Pioneers' Home where she died on April 3, 1923. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Her daughter, Laura Steinbrook Wilson Shearer, is also commemorated in the Rose Garden.

Donor: Yvonne Wilson Morgan, great granddaughter.
June 2009

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