Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Renette was born December 29, 1882, in San Diego, California, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Hill. She came to Chino Valley from El Cajon, California, in 1883 when she was one year old for a visit with relatives (the Storms of Chino Valley).

On their way the family stopped at Yuma "where an Indian lady handed her baby to Mrs. Hill, who took it in her arms as a friendly gesture. Whereupon the Indian lady immediately picked up little Renette and started into her tepee with her. The Indian lady evidently thought the trade permanent, and it took a lot of persuasion to convince her differently."

Renette attended school in San Diego. She returned to visit in Prescott 17 years later and was introduced to Carl "Tod" Rees. On December 29, 1902, she married Carl, the son of Hannah Shivers Postle and Samuel Rees, in El Cajon.

The Reeses lived on a ranch on Granite Creek before moving to Clear Springs in 1921. They occupied Casa del Rio where Tod, and later his children, were born.

Renette was a charter member of the Cowbelles and the Chino Valley Community Church. The rose planted for her in the Rose Garden was given to her in 1918 by Mrs. Fisher Bailey and was first planted on the ranch near Jerome Junction. It was moved to another ranch then the last time to their Chino Valley home. Renette's son, Carl, brought the beautiful pink rose to the Rose Garden.

Carl and Renette had six children: Laura Louise Boren Card (1906-1980), Mabel Lucille Shuman (1906 - ), Carl Clayton (1908-1961), Nellie Mae Cotten (1911-1981), Herbert David (1913-1970), and Rosalie Renette Robinson (1915-1975). Tod died in 1945, and Renette died on March 17, 1951, in Chino Valley and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Renette's mother-in-law, Hannah Shivers Postle Rees, is also commemorated in the Rose Garden.

Donor: Yavapai Cowbelles

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