Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Margaret, daughter of Laura Belle Hocker and Charles Clifford Griffin, was born on October 13, 1890, at Livingston, Arizona, on the Griffin ranch. Livingston is now under Roosevelt Lake. “Margie” attended the county school on the Salt River. From 1901 to 1905, she attended school in San Diego and completed her last two years of school in Young, Arizona.

On August 8, 1908, she married cattleman John Henry Armer. Margie and John had four sons: Frank Armer, born May 25, 1909, died November 13, 1969; Ben Armer, born August 4, 1911, died February 17, 1967; Alvin Armer, born March 17, 1913, died January 23, 1982; and Walter Armer, born February 11, 1916, died July 17, 2004. In addition to being wife and mother, she was an active cattlewoman. Margie and her husband ran cattle all the way from Cibique to Tonto Basin.

Margie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Globe, Arizona, a past president and member of the Globe Women’s Club, the Order of Eastern Star and active in the Parent Teachers Association. She was also known for her wonderful cooking. Concerned with the education of young people, she took in a total of 29 boys, moved to Globe and bought a house so those boys could attend high school.

After John’s death, she married another rancher, Anderson Cone Webb, on January 19, 1964, in Phoenix, Arizona. Margie was blessed with ten grandchildren. She died on January 28, 1966, in Globe, where she was buried.

Donor: Ina Poole Armer, daughter-in-law, and the Armer family
August 2006

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