By Juti Winchester, Ph.D.
A young woman of good family meets a man while traveling. After a whirlwind courtship they marry, against the advice of friends and family. He then whisks her away from her former life and takes her to live in a log house on the wild frontier. This may sound like the plot from a romance novel, but it is the true story of Margaret Hunt, who married the Secretary of the Territory of Arizona, Richard McCormick, and came to live in Prescott's Governor's mansion late in 1865. A short diary, and a series of letters from "Maggie" to her friend Emma Denike and to her brother John allow us a glimpse at the McCormick's life and relationship. September 27 marks the 135th anniversary of their marriage.Read More