Rose Garden PhotographsAnna Margaret (Criley) Hazeltine was born November 2, 1870, in Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio. She was the daughter of Martha “Mattie” Jane (Yeaman) and Dr. John Michael Criley, a pioneer physician in Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory. In 1898, Dr. Criley had an office on Cortez Street in Prescott.

On October 12, 1897, in Ohio, Anna married Moses B. Hazeltine (1865 – 1949), who became the “dean” of Arizona bankers.  They were childhood sweethearts, and Moses returned to Ohio to marry her. Following their honeymoon, they traveled to Prescott, where she remained until the time of her death.

Anna and Moses had three sons: John “Jack” C., born February 25, 1900; Bonsall, born June 21, 1903; and Sherman, born August 13, 1907. In 1903, their residence at 202 S. Mount Vernon Street was built and according to the Journal Miner, it was "a model of convenient arrangement and elegance."  It had two "equal rights" dens – one for Moses and one for Anna. Hers was "a fine light sewing room with closets and drawers and cubbyholes for storage."

One day, the young Mrs. Hazeltine telephoned her husband at the bank to report, "There are Indians in the yard!" "Oh?" he said. She asked, "What should I do?" Moses responded, "Take their picture."  She exclaimed, "What?"  "Take their picture," Moses repeated. Anna followed instructions and got her box camera out. As soon as she appeared with it, the little band of Indians retreated. Later, Moses explain to her that the camera was very “bad medicine” to the Indians, as they were quite sure that one's soul would be sucked into the camera and imprisoned on a flat piece of paper.

Anna was a member of the General George Crook Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Monday Club. She was a charter member of the Hassayampa Country Club. In addition, she was an active member of the First Congregational Church where she was president of women’s fellowship. In 1948, the church set aside a women’s room and dedicated it to Anna. Her picture hangs over the fireplace.

Anna died on February 2, 1944, and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery.  Her sister, Clara (Criley) Yount, is also represented in the Territorial Women’s Memorial Rose Garden.

Donor: Sherman Hazeltine, son
Photo Located: MS-23, Box 1, F-4 – Hazeltine Family Collection
Updated: 11/9/2015, Gretchen Hough Eastman