Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Minnie Belle was born in Rose Hill, Iowa, on April 26, 1868, the daughter of Dr. S. B. Waters. Her first husband died and left her with a son, Charles F. Robb, who became mayor of Prescott. She married Olaf Andrew Hesla, an optometrist and jeweler, on March 12, 1892, in Ottumwa, Iowa, and came to Arizona in 1898.

Minnie was one of the founders of the Monday Club and treasurer of the Public Library Board. She belonged to the First Congregational Church where she was president of Fellowship and where the communion table in the Chancel is a joint memorial to her and to Mrs. Herndon. Very energetic, fastidious and immaculate in the care of herself and her home, Minnie was much involved with social activities. She played bridge regularly and golf frequently.

The Miner of July 22, 1903, announced the arrival in Prescott of an automobile for the Heslas. With the Anderson, Foster and Aitken families, the Heslas enjoyed traveling with an outing club called HESANDFOSAIT (derived from the first initials of each family's name).

The Hesla home was at 141 (135) South Mt. Vernon Street. Irene Hesla (Mrs. Sam) Tannebaum was her daughter. Minnie died on August 20, 1949, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: O. A. Hesla

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