Ruth Sylvania “Sylvia” (Reed) Reuter was born on February 15, 1906, in Triplett, Chariton County, Missouri, the daughter of Albert Ora and Virginia “Jennie” May (Scott) Reed. (The Prescott Courier obituary on May 6, 1981, erroneously designates “Albert and Jennifer Ora” as her parents, and other sources designate Southfork (South Fork), Howell County, Missouri as her place of birth.) She was the fourth of six children.Read More
Ada Belle (Eldred) Rigden was born August 30, 1884, in Montana to Thomas D. and Rose E. (Badger) Eldred. Her father was a carpenter by profession. She attended Michigan State Normal College in the summer of 1903 to obtain a degree in education, and she is listed in the 1903 and 1904 City Directories of Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan, as a teacher. She came to the Arizona Territory in either late 1904 or 1905 to teach school in Kirkland, Yavapai County.Read More
Nellie Grace (Miller) Ritter was born in Barrackville, Marion County, West Virginia, on March 20, 1882, the daughter of Enos and Mary Elizabeth (Pitzer) Miller. Her mother died in 1898. Nellie came to the Arizona Territory in 1902 to care for her brother, Curtis, who had arrived in Arizona before her and then become ill with tuberculosis.Read More
Virginia “Virgie” All
en (Hite) Robbins was born on December 6, 1887, in Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas, the daughter of Fannie Fern Fitzsimmons and Marion Francis Hite. Her mother, Fannie, passed away in 1897.
Annie J. (Moore) Roberts was born on March 15, 1862 in Enterprise, Clarke County, Mississippi. She was the daughter of Mary (Page) and Joseph F. Moore. Her formal name was Julia Anne Roberts, but she went by Annie.
She was fourteen years old when she married George W. Roberts on December 28, 1876 in Clarke County, Mississippi. In 1877, they moved by covered wagon to North Marshfield, Coos County, Oregon.Read More
Jane Williams Roberts was born in Traymodic, Wales, on August 4, 1840. Nothing is known of her parentage and childhood. “Jenny,” as Jane was familiarly known, became a milliner and married Edward Isaac Roberts (b. June 20, 1834, in Traymodic, Wales), a wagon maker and carpenter, on September 30, 1868, in Wales. Edward, a widower, had in early life emigrated to Australia, where around 1857 he married Nancy Jane Adams. Nancy bore him four children: Hannah Roberts Hartin (b. 1857), John (b. 1859), Edward (b. 1863), and Joseph (b. 1865). Jenny Roberts became the stepmother of Edward’s four children.Read More
Marie (Burdick) Roper was born on August 8, 1875, in Pueblo, Colorado, the daughter of Ellen and William Burdick. Her father was a jeweler by trade who had been born in New York.
Marie married Dr. Ralph Jay Roper a native of Illinois on November 26, 1899, in Orange County, California. The Ropers came to Prescott, Arizona the next day. Dr. Roper was born in Illinois, the son of John J. & Eraminta (Paine) Roper. Ralph had become a dentist. He had graduated from the University of Michigan Dental School.Read More
Helen Margaret (Born) Royer was born on March 14, 1902, in Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory, daughter of Margaret Barney Johnston and Charles Born Jr. She grew up in Prescott and lived at 418 Weaver Street (now Goodwin Street). She was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church where she was baptized, confirmed and married.Read More
Mary (Ward) Ruffner was born on June 13, 1888, in Benton, Illinois, the daughter of Lulu B. Ward. She was raised by her widowed mother and a maiden aunt. She had two siblings, Helen and John.
"She claimed to have been an indifferent student," her son Lester “Budge” Ruffner wrote in a birthday tribute to her in 1933, "yet in the world of music she possessed a talent far above average. . . It demanded that her family, mother, aunts, uncles and cousins pool funds for her advanced training."Read More
Florence John (Herndon) Russell was born in Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory, February 12, 1889, the daughter of Florence (Wilson) and Judge John C. Herndon. She graduated from Prescott High School in 1910.
On May 25, 1912, she married David Wentworth Russell, who was at that time an attorney. They had a son, John Herndon Russell, who was born June 5, 1914, and died in 2006. The couple also lost an infant daughter, Patricia Mary, (1917-1918).Read More