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 Sharlot M. Hall's Uncle - John Charles Boblett
Sharlot Hall, Joe and Dave Dougherty at Governor's Mansion
Sharlot Hall, woman, man and 2 children
Orchard Ranch house ruins front view
Sharlot in cameo looking down
Sharlot Hall Standing over Dead Antlered Deer
Sharlot Hall riding plow behind horses
Stone at Sharlot Hall Museum erected by General Crook
Edward Leonard Boblett as a child
Sharlot Hall and father in front of ranch
Sharlot Hall and group at Highway Monument dedication
Sharlot in profile facing right
Sharlot standing by car
Sharlot M. Hall with Parrot
Mary "May" (Boblett) Ross
Sharlot Hall standing on rock with two men
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Sharlot M. Hall and her brother, Edward "Ted" V. Hall

Sharlot M. Hall and her brother, Edward "Ted" V. Hall

Sharlot Hall (seated) and her brother, Edward "Ted" (standing) taken in Medicine Lodge, Kansas before their move to Arizona.


Sharlot standing by wall in hat

Sharlot standing by wall in hat

Sharlot M. Hall standing by wall in hat and fancy dress.


Two views of Sharlot in long striped dress

Two views of Sharlot in long striped dress

Two views of Sharlot in long striped dress & floral hat taken when she worked on the "Out West" magazine in California.


James Hall in overalls before tree

James Hall in overalls before tree

James Hall in overalls before tree.


Sharlot and James Hall and Alice Hewins at Sunset Crater

Sharlot and James Hall and Alice Hewins at Sunset Crater

Sharlot Hall (L), Alice Hewins (C) and James Hall sitting with backs to camera overlooking Sunset Crater on trip to Northern Arizona. In 1882, Sharlot Mabridth Hall (b. 1870, d. 1943) moved from Lincoln County, Kansas to Lynx Creek, Arizona, 12 miles southeast of Prescott, with her father, James Knox Hall, her mother, Adeline Susannah Hall, and her brother, Edward V. Hall (Ted). She became a poet, penning a book of poetry, Cactus and Pine, and a journalist, also serving a stint as editor of Out West Magazine. In 1909, she became the first woman to hold public office in Arizona when she was appointed Territorial Historian. After leaving office in 1912, she cared for her aging parents at their farm, Orchard Ranch, until their deaths, returning to public life in 1924 when she was selected as elector to carry Arizona's vote to Washington, D. C. In 1927, her long-time dream was realized when the original Territorial Governor's Mansion was leased to her for life, and she became the steward of the museum that now bears her name. During this period she also was a popular speaker before civic and professional groups throughout Arizona. She died on April 9, 1943, and her funeral was a large affair held at the museum, with the Governor giving the principal address. Alice Butterfield Hewins (b. May 26, 1878, d. October 3, 1963) was born in Sacramento, California, graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Library Science and in 1901 joined her mother and her mother's husband, W. P. Nichols, in Phoenix. She taught at Stanford and the University of Arizona and helped organize the Phoenix Library where she later worked as assistant librarian. In 1904 she met Sharlot Hall, who became her lifelong friend. She married Levi Edwin Hewins in 1907 and they frequently visited Sharlot at Orchard Ranch until Levi's death in 1936. She became a resident of the Arizona Pioneer Home in 1963 shortly before her death.James Knox Polk Hall (b. December 2, 1844, d. September 3, 1925) was born in Missouri to Mary Bradley Hall, who died shortly after his birth, and John Wesley Hall, who left him in the care of a neighbor, eventually dying in 1859 in Olathe, Kansas. James was raised in a crude frontier settlement and had no formal education. He enlisted in a Kansas regiment during the Civil War and worked as a scout, guide, and buffalo hunter on the Kansas plains until meeting and marrying Adeline Susannah Boblett on January 31, 1869. They lived on Prosser Creek in Lincoln County, Kansas where their first child, Sharlot Madridth was born on October 27, 1870, followed in 1874 by a son, Edward V. (Ted). In 1879 the family moved to a region of ranches north of Indian Territory (Oklahoma) line where James turned to cattle ranching. After Adeline’s father located a mining claim in the Lynx Creek area near the Arizona Territory’s town of Prescott, James Hall and Adeline’s brother, Sam Boblett, moved their families to Arizona in 1881. The Halls found a small ranch in an area called Lonesome Valley, where they began raising cattle. Adeline died in 1912 and he operated Orchard Ranch for many years thereafter with the help of Sharlot.


Sharlot Hall, Emma Andres & America Tomlinson

Sharlot Hall, Emma Andres & America Tomlinson

From left to right - America Tomlinson, Emma Andres and Sharlot M. Hall.


Orchard Ranch roof at right, orchard at left

Orchard Ranch roof at right, orchard at left

Orchard Ranch view from hill with roof at right and orchard at left. Orchard Ranch was built in 1890 on land at the lower end of Lynx Creek valley by James Hall. It was built in the shape of a T with a crossbar running east and west and included two porches, a well and a tank. It faced the highway between Camp Verde and Prescott. From 1890-1895, apple, pear and peach trees were planted, and 120 head of cattle were raised by the Hall family. After the death of James Hall, the ranchhouse and 320 acres were sold in 1929 to Edward G. Applegate. In the following years, it was neglected, and became run down. It was rented occasionally until it was declared unfit for habitation and razed around 1966.


Sharlot Hall Museum log fence and museum entrance

Sharlot Hall Museum log fence and museum entrance

Sharlot Hall Museum log fence and museum entrance. Photo taken during visit to museum by Ernest and Molly Behrend. Ernst Richard Behrend (b. March 29,1869, d. September 22,1940) was born in Germany and after receiving an engineering degree, he emigrated to the United States in 1896 and worked in the paper industry. After his father raised the investment capital to build a sulfite pulp and paper mill, he co-founded, with his father and brother, the Hammermill Paper Company in Erie, Pennsylvania. Mr. Behrend served as its president for its first 40 years, and by the late 1920’s, the company had about 80% of the paper market. He was a prominent civic leader in Erie, serving on a number of boards until his death in 1940. He was inducted into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame in 2012. Mary Brownell Behrend (b. December 26, 1879, d. July 5,1976), nicknamed Molly, was a Newport, Rhode Island debutante before marrying Ernst Behrend in 1907. The couple had two children. Their only son died in a traffic accident in 1929, and after her husband’s death in 1940, she donated the family’s country estate, the Glenhill farmhouse and the 400 acres surrounding it, to Penn State University. The Behrend Center was dedicated in 1940 as a memorial to Ernst and it later became Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Mrs. Behrend became known as the “mother” of Penn State Behrend.


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