Rose Garden PhotographsAmy Jean (Nelson) Fagerberg was born on April 25, 1879, in Ontario, Canada, the daughter of William and Eliza (Spinks) Nelson. She came to the Arizona Territory in fall 1896 with her mother and father.

She married Oscar “Dixon” Fagerberg on December 20, 1905, in Prescott, Yavapai County, at her parents’ home. They honeymooned in San Francisco before returning to Prescott. Amy had three children: Dixon Jr., born March 20, 1909; Louise Nelson, born January 30, 1913; and Jean, born August 21, 1915.  Her son Dixon wrote Meeting the Four o’clock Train, a book of Prescott memories.

Amy was known throughout the Prescott area for her civic activities and interest in charities.  She served as vice chairperson for the American Red Cross for ten years and volunteered for over 500 hours with the Grey Ladies, who served at Fort Whipple Hospital. Amy was a member of the Golden Rule Chapter of the Eastern Star, Hassayampa Country Club, Monday Club (President in 1932-33), Prescott Community Concert Organization, and Ground Observers Corps "Sky Watch," where she donated 750 hours of service, earning a “wings” award for her work.

She was regent of the Florence Nightingale Chapter of the Daughters of the British Empire and on the board of directors for the Prescott Boys' Club.  She was also active in the Arizona Federation of Women's Clubs.

The Fagerbergs lived at 215 N. Pleasant Street and at 128 N. Mount Vernon Street. Amy was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church. She loved being a host and was very good at it. Most frequent were her informal foursomes with "the girls" for bridge, interspersed from time to time with games like mah-jongg and canasta.

Amy's mother, Eliza Nelson, is also represented in the Territorial Women’s Memorial Rose Garden. Amy died on September 27, 1965, in her home at 532 N. Hassayampa Drive with funeral services at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. She is buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Orville & Cappy Bozarth
Photo Located: Historic Photo Collection -PO-660p
Updated: 11/10/2015; D. Sue Kissel