Rose Garden PhotographsLouise C. (Genung) Earle Walcott was born November 28, 1873, in Peeples Valley, Arizona Territory, to Charles Baldwin and Ida (Smith) Genung. Her father, Charles Genung, came to Arizona Territory in 1863 and worked as a miner, administrator of the Colorado River Indian Reservation, Peeples Valley postmaster, and rancher. Her mother was born in Iowa and traveled with her family by covered wagon to California as a child. She met Charles in California, and they married in 1869.

Louise was part of a large family of seven children.  She attended school in Prescott and Los Angeles where she majored in physical culture.  Louise married John William Zobieski Earle on November 16, 1901, in Prescott.  Their daughter Draga Zobieski Earle was born October 7, 1902. 

A personal notice in Mining and Scientific Press dated October 6, 1906, mentioned that John W. Z. Earle had returned from Mexico to Patagonia, Arizona.  Louise C. Earle was the plaintiff in an action filed with the District Court against John W. Z. Earle later that same year.  Louise received a divorce from John in March 1907.  In May 1910, Louise and daughter Draga were living in Congress Junction where Louise was employed as a telephone operator when the 1910 census was taken.

On June 1, 1911, Louise married   Bliss Lorring “Dick” Walcott in Phoenix.  The family was residing in Peeples Valley when their daughter, Louise Hester Walcott, was born March 22, 1913,  in Prescott. The Weekly Journal Miner newspaper dated March 26, 1913, reported, “Just before Easter—The hearts of Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Walcott of Peeples Valley were gladdened last evening by the advent of a baby girl, who made her first appearance while the parents were in this city.”

Louise C. Walcott was listed as a Peeples Valley election official in January 1915 on the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors minutes.  Before November 1919, the family moved to Wenden, Yuma County, where Bliss worked in the mines.

By April 1930, Louise and Bliss had moved to Mayer, and then ten years later they moved to Poland to live with Louise’s brother, George. Later they lived at Big Bug Creek, and her obituary in the Prescott Evening Courier dated May 15, 1953, stated: “where their gardens were considered the most beautiful in Arizona.

Dick died November 9, 1946 in Prescott.  Louise died May 14, 1953 in Prescott and was buried next to her husband in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor:  Elaine Christensen, 2014
Photo Located:  MS-5, Box 2, F-5 - Genung Family Collection
Updated:  4/15/15; D. Sue Kissel