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Clare Josephine (McEachran) Lessard was born January 30, 1887 in Williamsburg, Iowa, to Robert McEachran of Indiana and Bridget Isabell (O’Hehir) McEachran of County Clare, Ireland.

Clare was the sixth of seven children born to the McEachran family of Iowa: Mary F. McEachran (1872); James E McEachran (1873); John F. McEachran (1875); Ellen H. (McEachran) Donohoe (1878); Annie M. McEachran (1880); and Helen A. McEachran (1892).

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Virginia Lee (Lane) Lessard was born October 10, 1865, in Merced, California to James Harlow Lane of Indiana and Elizabeth Jane (Hooper) Lane of Missouri. In 1882, when Virginia was only seventeen, she moved with her family from California to the Arizona Territory mining districts.  Her father established a freight wagon company that moved supplies and materials from the Colorado River port of Hardyville (the current Bullhead City), Mohave County, to the  territorial capital of Prescott, and on to the mines and mining towns of the Bradshaw Mountains.

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Frieda Margaretha (Schuerman) Loy, daughter of Johann Georg Heinrich and Karoline Dorotte Schuerman, was born April 12, 1898, at Oak Creek Ranch near present-day Sedona, Coconino and Yavapai Counties, Arizona Territory. Frieda’s parents were German immigrants who had limited English-speaking abilities.

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Nora Ann (McWhorter) Maders, the daughter of Matilda Jane (Watson) and Howard Sutton McWhorter, was born January 16, 1873, in a covered wagon in Howard County, Kansas. At the time of Nora’s birth, the family was traveling by covered wagon from Kentucky to a mining camp at Crown King in Yavapai County, Arizona Territory.  Like a true pioneer, Nora’s father took his family across the desert into Arizona Territory, which was known at the time as the land of hardships and privations. The family arrived in Arizona in 1873, and Nora lived in Yavapai County the rest of her life.

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Mazie Pearl (De Armond) Beyer McCombs, daughter of Samantha Earnest and William Jasper De Armond, was born on December 23, 1907, at Fort Whipple in Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory. Her father, William, had come from Missouri to the Octave and Stanton area of Yavapai County earlier with his sister and brother-in-law; the two men were co-owners of the Bishop Mine. Once William got established, he returned to Kansas where he married his wife and then brought her to Stanton. William also built a boarding house in Stanton that served as a freighting and stage stop.

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Margaret Griffiths (Hunt) McCormick, sometimes called "Maggie," "Allie" or "Madge," was born on May 3, 1843, in Rahway, New Jersey, to Caroline and Isaac G. Hunt. She spent her childhood on a large farm and was an accomplished pianist and horsewoman.  When she was twenty-two, she traveled to San Francisco accompanied by her cousin and her cousin’s husband to participate in the San Francisco social season.  It was a common occurrence at the time for a well-bred young woman due to the availability of suitors who might prove to be proper marriage material.

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Dorothy Elaine (Manley) McMullen was born on December 3, 1908, in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Frank Luther and Annie Jane (McGuire) Manley. She arrived in Prescott in 1931, and on June 20, 1932, she married Herschel Harvey McMullen. His family had been in continual residence in Prescott since 1917. A highlight of her early life in Prescott was meeting Sharlot Hall and listening to Sharlot read some of her poems.

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Mary Elizabeth (Lowe) Hanson Smith Merrick, daughter of Mary (Sanderline) and William Lowe, was born in Albany, Wisconsin, on November 19, 1848. At a tender age she moved with her parents to California. She grew up in El Dorado City, California, and was married to Mr. Charles Hanson.  Four known children were born: Charles (1866 in California), William C., (November 1867, Virginia City, Nevada), Robert M., (1870 in Nevada) and her daughter Mary C. (Serata) was born in 1872. The Hanson family was living in Virginia City, Nevada, in 1870, where Charles worked as a miner.

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Martha Evergreen “Eva” (Gibson) Miller was born on April 7, 1884, in Globe, Pinal County, Arizona Territory, to William Washington and Sarah Ann (Haynes) Gibson. Eva, one of thirteen children, lived in Arizona all of her life.

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Grace (Jimulla) Mitchell was born on November 6, 1903, in Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory.  Born in a grass and deer hide wikiup, she was the second daughter of Viola and Sam “Red Ants” Jimulla.  Sam was born in 1877 in San Carlos, Gila County, Arizona Territory.  He became chief of the Yavapais in the mid-1930s.

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