Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Mary Elizabeth (sometimes called Betty) was born on January 11, 1873, in Texas, the daughter of Lebbius T. and Sarah Milne Larremore. When the Larremore children misbehaved, she remembered, they were told they would receive a spanking from their dad at "2:00 next Wednesday."

In Carlsbad, New Mexico, on their way to Arizona in a covered wagon, Otto Augustus Lange met Mary Elizabeth. Otto kept track of the Larremore family, and they both settled near Globe.

On Christmas Day 1888, 15-year-old Mary rode behind him on his horse the 12 miles into Globe where they were married. The first two of their ten children Sarah Agnes Eckert (March 25, 1890) and Otto A. Jr. (November 21, 1892) were born in a tent-home in Globe, where Mary hid the children under the bed when Indians came around.

In 1895, the Langes and the Larremores moved to Yeager Canyon. Two more girls arrived: Mary Ellen Johnston on June 12, 1895, and Clara on January 25, 1898. Sons Walter Rudolph (August 18, 1899) and John Houston (July 7, 1902) were born in Prescott.

In February 1905 Mr. Lange acquired the ML Ranch near Sanders Station and Hazel Frances (June 8, 1905), who died in infancy, and Charles Addison (February 20, 1908) were added to the family. This ranch was sold in 1909, after which the P Bar Ranch south of Groom Creek was bought and sold.

The Langes went back to Texas. On their return to Arizona in 1910, the GJ Ranch on the Verde River near Paulden was purchased, and in 1913 they repurchased the P Bar. Otto and Mary's last two children, Iola Alice Pike (September 25, 1910) and Robert Elmer, were born in Prescott.

Mary moved into Prescott for the school terms, and at various times she and the children lived in rented homes on Marina, Virginia, Sheldon and Pleasant streets. In 1928, they bought a house at 140 N. Mt. Vernon. According to her granddaughter Mona, Mary indulged in dipping a little snuff, a habit which began with being given snuff to deaden a toothache when she was 12 or 14 years old.

A pioneer ranch wife, Mary was active in community affairs and her sons rodeoed during Frontier Days. Her sister May Wilson is also represented in the Rose Garden.

Mary died on January 18, 1954, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Mona Lange McCroskey

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