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Evelyn Edith (Duncan) Perkins, the daughter of Joseph Thomas and Josephine (Cowdrey) Duncan, was born on February 12, 1894, in Excelsior Springs, Clay and Ray Counties, Missouri. Her father was a cattle dealer and her mother a school teacher. She attended Drake University (1915) and later Kansas University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1917.

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Fannie M. Perkins was born on April 7, 1897, at Fort Davis, Jeff Davis County, Texas, the daughter of Marion Alexander and Harriet Annie (York) Perkins. She was the first of three surviving sisters and three surviving brothers. Her family came to the Arizona Territory in November 1900 and settled on a group of ranches that later became the town of Perkinsville, Yavapai County. She was tutored at home and studied at area grade schools until she went to Temple Normal School, from which she graduated in 1917.

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Laura C. (Digby) Perkins was born on January 15, 1886, in Cold Springs, Campbell County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Sarah “Sallie” (Murnan) and James S. Digby. Laura was the youngest of seven children; her siblings were James Jr., Fannie, Josie, Lida, Kennel and Susan.

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Ola Gertrude (Henry) Pitchford, the daughter of George Samuel and Anna Maria (Bartlett) Henry, was born in Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory, on June 14, 1899. Her father was a carpenter. Following graduation from Prescott High School in May 1917, she attended the Northern Arizona Normal School at Flagstaff and the Tempe Normal School, where she received her lifetime teaching certificate on June 20, 1919. She taught in the Prescott schools and in Clemenceau, Yavapai County, before and after her marriage.

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Jessie Grace (Durbin) Powers was born on November 15, 1881, in Prescott, Arizona to Ida (Densmore), of Wisconsin and William W. Durbin of St. Clairsville, Ohio. Jessie came from a family of six girls and two boys. Her siblings were Florence B. Anderson Kennedy, born February 26, 1883; Iva D. Ranney, born September 28, 1884; Francis J., born February 16, 1887; Helen Ann Williams Reynolds, born March 30, 1888; Alice Elaine White Stewart, born July 2, 1890; Elmer Henry, born May 16, 1893; and Mattie Elizabeth Scott, born June 30, 1894.

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Nellie Grace (Marshall) Prince was born December 7, 1893, to Orlando Beaufort and Wilhelmina (Mickle) Marshall in Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory. The family resided at 431 Beech Avenue, and her father was a carpenter. Nellie attended grade school in Prescott and graduated from Prescott High School in May 1914. By 1916 Nellie was working as a court stenographer.

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Abbie Harriet (Wright) Raudebaugh was born June 5, 1886, in Clifton, Iroquois County, Illinois, the daughter of Mary (Harling) and Charles Wright. Abbie had two younger brothers, Willard and Guy. Unfortunately, Willard lost his life during World War I.

Like many women of her time, Abbie endured hardships and sorrows but continued to live with diligence, sweetness and humor.  Abbie lost her mother when she was quite young and was not treated kindly by her stepmother.  She attended school in Chicago as a teenager, while living with her father, stepmother and brothers.

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Esta Maria (Miller) Redden was born on February 5, 1877, in Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory.  She was the daughter of Leroy “Roll” Daniel and Rachel Catherine Maria (Wiebrecht) Miller and the great niece of Sam Miller, after whose family Miller Valley, Yavapai County, was named.

Esta was elected Secretary of the newly founded Epworth League Society (a youth group of the South Methodist Church) in Skull Valley, Yavapai County, in August 1894.  She graduated from Prescott High School in 1895, took the county examination for teachers, and taught one year in Williamson Valley, Yavapai County.

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Ida May (Finch) Redden was born October 27, 1876, in Florence,  Pinal County, Arizona Territory, the daughter of Sarah (Lewis) and George Nelson Finch, early pioneers of California and the Arizona Territory. Ida was one of nine children born to her relatively poor but hard-working parents.  Her siblings were Charles Edward, Louisa, Emma, Robert, Jesse Martin, Ira Lewis, George Nelson and Carrie Isabel.

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Renette (Hill) Rees was born December 29, 1882, in San Diego County, California, the daughter of Clayton E. and Laura Hill. She had one brother, Herbert, born in 1888. She came to Chino Valley, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory, in 1883 when she was one year old for a visit with her relatives, the Storm family of Chino Valley.

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