Jane "Jennie" (Hereford) Tritle


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Photo of Jane Catherine “Jennie” (Hereford) Tritle (b. 1840 – d. 1925) in Prescott, Arizona.  In this photo (a cropped version of photo 1700.0995.0000), Jane is seated with the Prescott History Study Club, founded in the spring of 1891.  They studied the history of different nations, wrote papers on historical characters, read and commented on contemporary poems, and shared interesting news items. Composed of five women, they met for nine years at one of their homes. Jane Tritle was the first president of the Prescott Chautauqua Reading Club.

Jane "Jennie" Catherine (Hereford) Tritle was born in Independence, Missouri, on May 30, 1840, the daughter of Sarah C. S. Foote and Francis (Harrison) Hereford. Jennie was the granddaughter of Governor Henry S. Foote of Mississippi. On October 16, 1862, she married Frederick Augustus Tritle in Sacramento, California. They came to the Arizona Territory a year-and-a-half before her husband was appointed Governor of Arizona Territory in 1882. He served until 1885. Jennie and Frederick had five children: Jane Catherine "Kate" (Mrs. Eugene) Spencer, Frank Hereford, Frederick Augustus Jr., John Stewart, and Harry Russell. She died March 13, 1925 in Webster Grove, Missouri and is buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

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