Rose Garden PhotographsNorah (Clough) Hartzell was born April 1, 1878, at Point of Rocks in the Granite Dells area located just outside of Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory, on land known as the Bianconi Ranch. She was the daughter of Mary (Alexander) and Alfred Clough. Norah had a brother, Frank, who died December 20. 1892, one week short of his eighteenth birthday. The Weekly Arizona Journal Miner, dated September 21, 1904, carried an item reporting, “Miss Nora Clough, daughter of A. S. Clough, of Point of Rocks returned last Friday from a three months’ trip in the east…traveling during her absence a distance of 6,000 miles.” She attended the School of Home Economics in Boston, where she was enumerated in the 1910 federal census.

On April 15, 1914, in Phoenix, she married  Dr. Clark Kennedy Hartzell, a dentist. The Miner of April 17, 1914, headlined "Cupid's Forceps Ends Pretty Romance," and reads, "Dr. Clark Kennedy Hartzell had abandoned the forlorn life of a bachelor and was at last in the realm of a happy benedict... Miss Nora Clough is gifted with a fascinating and vivacious personality that has made her a favorite of many."

Norah was a member of the Monday Club and one of the original members of the Historical Society of Prescott. Norah’s name was listed as an incorporator for the Historical Society of Prescott when they filed articles of incorporation, as a non-profit stock, according to the Arizona Republic dated May 23, 1929.  She and Sharlot M. Hall were chosen as delegates to represent northern Arizona at the General Federation of Women's Clubs biennial conference in Los Angeles.

Norah and her husband gave a gift to the Sharlot Hall Museum that made possible the building of a room for their Indian artifacts.  According to the Prescott Evening Courier dated January 30, 1957: “In the spring of 1955, Mrs. Hartzell desired to see the room and was taken from the hospital to the museum on a stretcher in an ambulance.”

The Hartzells made their home at 228 S. Pleasant Street in Prescott. Norah, an invalid for several years, died in January 29, 1957, at the Prescott Community Hospital and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery. Norah's mother, Mary (Alexander) Clough, and grandmother, Catharine Alexander, are also represented in the Territorial Women’s Memorial Rose Garden. The Sharlot Hall Museum Archives contains the Hartzell Family Collection.

Donor: Sharlot Hall Museum Rose Garden Committee
Photo Located: PVF – PO-190p – Hartzell Family Collection
Updated: 11/16/2015, D. Sue Kissel