Theola L. (Linn) Morgan was born March 25, 1885, on a prairie farm in North Bend,  Dodge County, Nebraska, the daughter of a Dr. William Isaiah and Margaret “Maggie” Jane McClatchey Linn. After losing her mother at the age of two, she learned family values from an uncle and aunt, Robert B. and Hattie M. Sloss, on a farm on the Nebraska prairie.

She graduated from the University of Nebraska with a teacher’s degree.  She married a young lawyer, Joseph H. Morgan, in 1910, and they moved to Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory,  shortly after their marriage. While her husband was making his way into the pages of “Who’s Who in America,” she typed briefs and speeches for him.  He became an associate justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.

Her father, Dr. Linn, a medical doctor, came to Prescott from Nebraska to be near her and set up his practice in Prescott. The Morgans had four children: Catherine Morgan (Mrs. Mucio F.) Delgado (b. 2/16/1911), Robert Linn (b. 1/22/1913),  Donald Joseph (b. 9/23/1914), and Mary Helen (b. 4/12/1918), who later married H. M. Babcock.

Her family characterizes her as always in a good humor, a daily example of selflessness, courage and integrity, virtues that have been the inspiration of four generations.  Theola was president of the Monday Club (1921-22) and first state regent of the Catholic Daughters of America. She was also one of the first women in Prescott to drive a car.

Theola died on July 23, 1955, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Catherine Morgan Delgado, daughter
Photo Location: PB-108, F-3, I-5
Updated: 4/12/2015, Gretchen Hough Eastman