|Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden|
SHARLOT MABRIDTH HALL
Sharlot was born on October 27, 1870, in Lincoln County, Kansas. She came to Arizona in a wagon train in 1882, settling with her family at the Orchard Ranch on lower Lynx Creek.
In 1904 she was the Monday Club's representative to the Arizona Federation of Women's Clubs. Sharlot also served as president of Arizona Pioneers' Association. She accepted an appointment in 1909 as Territorial Historian and resigned in 1912.
Sharlot lived on the Orchard Ranch until 1927, when she negotiated with Prescott for a lifetime lease on the Governor's Mansion where she moved in March 1928. She wrote two books, "Cactus and Pine" and "Poems of a Ranch Woman" in addition to having many articles, stories, and poems published in periodicals. Margaret Maxwell's "A Passion for Freedom, the Life of Sharlot Hall" was published in 1982.
Sharlot was a small friendly lady who carried a large rectangular black pocketbook by the handle. Herschel McMullen remembered Sharlot Hall, coming into the car agency during the 1920s where he was working for Ed Weaver. She was driving an old Model T Ford.
"Mr. Weaver, I want to buy a car."
"What kind do you want?"
"Mr. McMullen, what kind of car are you driving?" Herschel replied that he himself had a Star. She walked over to the Star touring car on display and said, "I want that car."
"Well," Ed commented, "we are selling lots of them."
"I'll take it, if it is ready to run," Sharlot continued.
"We just have to fill it with gas and check the oil," Weaver assured her. "How are you going to pay?"
Sharlot opened the big pocketbook. "I'm going to pay for it right now." And from the depths of the black bag she pulled out $20 bills and counted up to six or seven hundred dollars into the hand of an astonished Ed Weaver, who probably had never before handled such a bundle of cash. Sharlot's Star is cherished by the Sharlot Hall Museum. It is on display in the Transportation building on the museum campus and has been in many Prescott parades.
Charles Franklin Parker, Prescott Congregational Church minister, summed up Sharlot in the January 1943 issue of Arizona Highways as "an historian, a gatherer, a recorder and interpreter of fact, of people and times."
Sharlot Avenue in Prescott is named in her honor. Sharlot died on April 9, 1943, and was buried in the Simmons plot of Arizona Pioneers' Cemetery.
Donor: Mrs. A. H. Favour
|Additional documentation and photographs may be available in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives and Library.|