By Barbara Patton

This week’s article continues a look back at some of the early women settlers in Prescott. One of them was Mary Catherine Leib Brooks.

Mary Catherine, a small, refined lady, arrived with her husband, Dr. Charles Leib, in Central Arizona in late 1863. Dr. Leib was attached to the first military party at Fort Whipple. Mary was a devoted wife to accompany her husband to such a remote outpost, especially since she was likely the only woman in a group of military men.

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