Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Margaret Barney Johnston was born December 5, 1876, in Ottawa, Illinois, the daughter of James B. and Ella J. Johnston.

On September 1, 1891, she married Charles Born, a miner, at Del Norte, Colorado. The Borns had nine children: Johnston August, born November 12, 1892; Charles Dewey, born April 27, 1898; Robert Valentine, born June 15, 1900; Helen Margaret Royer, born March 14, 1902; Earnest August, born September 11, 1904; Fredrick Shirley, born July 15, 1907; Mary Alice Heller, born March 27, 1911; James Sidney, born May 29, 1914; and Ralph Marvin, born September 8, 1920.

When the price of silver dropped, Charles decided to move to Prescott to search for gold. Margaret and their first-born son joined him here in September 1895.

The family resided for a time in a home on Lynx Creek, where Charles mined for gold at the Hidden Treasure Mine. Later they moved into Prescott, where Charles owned and operated the Elks Theater and other businesses.

Margaret was one of the pioneer women who came to the still raw town of Prescott, a housewife and mother raising nine children of which several became prominent Prescott citizens. She was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church and active in the Monday Club.

Margaret died on August 11, 1959, and was buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Prescott.

Donor: Dewey E. Born, December 1998

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