Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
Stella, daughter of Ella Byrd and Charles Elzy Cartwright, was born in Phoenix, Arizona Territory, on September 13, 1899, and grew up on her father’s ranch in what later became known as the Cartwright district. She graduated from Tempe Normal School and taught school at one time in various Arizona schools - Kirkland, Walnut Grove and Wagoner.

On July 17, 1918, Stella married Cortland Arden Carter in Deming, New Mexico. Cortland and his father Jim established approximately 80 sections known as the Necktie and Dollard ranches south of Walnut Grove. The ranch would remain in the Carter family for 116 years. The Necktie and Dollard brands have run from 1885 through 2001.

Cortland and Stella had three children: Cortland Arden, Jr., born July 9, 1919; Gwendolyn (Mrs. Chuck Sheppard), born January 28, 1921; and April Lorraine, born February 17, 1922. The family made their home on the Pauline Weaver grant in Walnut Grove called the L-Seven.

All the children were rodeo participants. Lorraine was the 1942 Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Queen and 20 years later her daughter April Fletcher was queen. They were the only mother/daughter queen combination on record. Gwen’s daughters Stella and Linda were also queens.

Stella and her husband donated labor and the land to build the Walnut Grove Chapel. Cortland was the first president of the Yavapai Cattlegrowers Association (1932), and Stella was an active member of the Yavapai CowBelles.

Stella died on March 17, 1985, and was buried at Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Donor: Mothers’ Club

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