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Dora Dean (Davis) Graves Roy Sharp was born on October 4, 1898, in Hackberry, Mohave County, Arizona Territory. She was the daughter of May Imus (Young) and George Davis, a native of Missouri. She attended public school in Kingman, Arizona Territory, and a Catholic school in San Diego, California. On November 15, 1915, at the age of seventeen, Dora married Samuel M. Graves, a cattleman, at her parents' DW Ranch, located at the foot of the Hualapai Mountains of northwest Arizona.

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Lizzie Lee (Cox) Sharp was born on April 19, 1882, the third child of John Shriver and Jeannie (Campbell) Cox in Aztec, New Mexico. In 1874, her family moved from Erath County, Texas, to San Juan County, New Mexico, driving thirty thousand head of cattle. Unfortunately, Lizzie’s mother died when she was born. John then married Jane Smith, who later also died in childbirth.

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Laura (Steinbrook) Wilson Shearer, daughter of Mahala Dawson (Riggins) and Andrew Steinbrook, was born May 2, 1870, on her parents’ homestead at Walnut Creek, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory. Mahala and Andrew came to Arizona from Kansas via an oxen team and wagon in 1864. They traveled with a party of pioneers who later settled in Miller Valley. Mahala and Andrew were married en route.

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Josephine (Stombs) Blackburn Shupp was born on February 20, 1850, in St. Louis, Missouri. She was the daughter of Elizabeth Harriet Stombs. In 1867, she married Cornelius Emmett Blackburn in Petaluma, California, and they had four children: Benjamin Franklin, Arthur Edward, Amanda F. “Minnie” (Mrs. Andy) Weishaar and Ida May (Mrs. George) McIlrath.

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Alice Mae (Gray) Smith was born in Christian, Jack County, Texas, on May 17, 1872, to James Wilson and Amarintah Clinton “Minnie” (Graves) Gray.  The family moved to Nutrioso, Apache County, Arizona Territory, in 1885, traveling in a covered wagon.  Census records show that, by 1890, James W. Gray was living in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona Territory.  On July 16, 1891, Alice married Louis Dupree Smith in Phoenix.

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Effie Iola (Anderson) Spencer Smith, daughter of Adolphus and Martha Adelia (Coulter) Anderson, was born in Sevier County, Arkansas, on September 29, 1869, and grew up in the nearby city of Hope.  Effie had one brother, George, and a sister, Carrie. She attended Mrs. King’s School and Hope Female College in Hope, Arkansas. As a teenager, she developed an interest in drawing, and took up painting landscapes by her fifteenth birthday. Her artistic talents would fully blossom years later in Arizona, bringing her national renown.

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Grace Marian Sparkes was born in Lead, South Dakota, on January 21, 1893, the daughter of Thomas J. and Mary Ann (Martin) Sparkes. After living briefly in Alaska, the family came to Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory, in 1907. Grace graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in 1910 and later from Lamson Business College in Phoenix.

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Helen “Ellen” Forrest Maders Stephens, was born in Scotland in 1827.  Her parent’s names are not known. She was married in Scotland and had a son named George Forrest (1848 – 1916). When her first husband died (his first name is not known), the young George was sent to live with his father’s family. One day in 1849, as George was playing in a park under the supervision of his nurse, Helen kidnapped him, took him to a ship and sailed off to America.

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Alice Elaine (Durbin) White Stewart, daughter of William Waters and Ida Sarah (Densmore) Durbin, was born on July 2, 1890, in Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory. Her mother passed away in 1900. She and her five sisters grew up in the house that her father built on McCormick Street, and they attended school in Prescott. Her father was a carpenter at Fort Whipple.

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Josephine “Josie” Catarina (Hegglin) Surrett was born on March 18, 1891, in Menzingen, Canton Zug, Switzerland, the daughter of Josef and Josefa Roth Hegglin. Her family was prominent in the Swiss Canton Zug, but Josie, lured by tales of the American West that were widely read in Europe, longed for adventure away from the staid traditions of her Swiss homeland. She received a letter from a friend, Paula Schrade, who, with her German husband Louis, had just purchased the White House Hotel in Mayer, Arizona Territory. Paula offered Josie a job at the hotel.

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