Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Mary was born on June 11, 1869, in Kodiak, Alaska, the daughter of Army Sergeant Patrick Ford. He was transferred to Ft. Whipple when she was four years old.

In 1881, the family moved to Prescott. In 1901, Mary went to Washington, D. C., to care for an orphaned niece.

Mary was active in patriotic and temperance organizations and helped destroy $2,000 worth of whiskey at Harrison Castle, where Senator Harrison of Missouri lived. She was a spectator at the Wright Brothers' experimental flights.

In 1911, she homesteaded at Davenport Lake, six miles east of Williams, and married Fred Platten, a former cavalry sergeant who had known Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. Fred was in the newly-formed Forest Service.

Mary was active in St. Joseph's Church in Williams and in civic affairs.

Known to many as Aunt Mary, she died on April 7, 1966, and was buried in the Williams Cemetery.

Donor: Stanton Wallace

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