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John C.  Boblett
Sharlot Hall's dog, Watch, standing
James Knox Polk Hall Casket
Orchard Ranch at right with hill in background
Edward "Ted" Hall on Horseback with Two Other Riders
Samuel Morgan Boblett
Sharlot Hall, C. M. Holbert and Winifred Hynds
Sharlot Hall and Mrs. Clark
Sharlot Hall at desk with typewriter
Sharlot Hall, Governor Hunt, and Grace Sparkes
Theo Van Cino portrait given to Sharlot Hall
Sharlot Hall, Alice and William Tipton in bi-plane over L.A.
Sharlot M. Hall at eighteen years old
Sharlot Hall's pet deer, Mollie
Adeline Hall in kitchen of Orchard Ranch
Washington School Kindergarten class at Governor's Mansion at Sharlot Hall Museum
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Sharlot Hall, Emma Andres & America Tomlinson

Sharlot Hall, Emma Andres & America Tomlinson

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


John C. Boblett

John C. Boblett

John Charles Boblett (b. September 18, 1827; d. August 5, 1903), the brother of Adeline Boblett Hall, Sharlot Hall’s mother, was born in Ohio and moved to the Kansas Territory with his wife, Amanda Bryan, in 1860. He was a soldier, a postmaster, the owner of a flour mill, a County Commissioner, and a carpenter until moving with his family to Lynx Creek, Arizona in 1876 and becoming a rancher. His cattle brand 111 became well-known on the Central Arizona range. He subsequently moved to Montana, Washington and New Mexico before dying at the home of his daughter, May Hall Ross, in Utah. He and his wife had three other children, Alma Bradbury, Samuel M. and Edward J.


Horses and cows in front of fence with water mill at Orchard Ranch

Horses and cows in front of fence with water mill at Orchard Ranch

Horses and cows in front of fence, with water mill at left at Orchard Ranch. 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. She returned 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 in Prescott was leased to her for life, and she became the steward of the museum (1928) 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. 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, C. M. Holbert and Winifred Hynds

Sharlot Hall, C. M. Holbert and Winifred Hynds

Sharlot Hall, Charles M. Holbert and Winifred A. Hynds, r. to l. 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. Charles M. Holbert (b. 1862, d. 1948) met James Hall, Sharlot's father, in Kansas prior to their move to Arizona. He envisioned opening a recreation park in Phoenix's south mountain area and with Miss Hall's assistance, he was named the first custodian of South Mountain Park. He held the position for 10 years, guiding and providing emergency aid to tourists. Known as "The Old Man Of The Mountain," his name was given to a trail across the mountains.


Adeline Hall seated on rim of Grand Canyon

Adeline Hall seated on rim of Grand Canyon

Adeline Susannah (Boblett) Hall, Sharlot Hall's mother, seated on rim of Grand Canyon.


Sharlot M. Hall seated holding knitting

Sharlot M. Hall seated holding knitting

Sharlot M. Hall seated holding knitting with fireplace at the side.


Sharlot in coat with fur collar

Sharlot in coat with fur collar

Sharlot Hall in coat with fur collar and cuffs carrying hat.


Adeline Hall in profile cutting the dill

Adeline Hall in profile cutting the dill

Adeline Susannah (Boblett) Hall, Sharlot Hall's mother, in profile cutting the dill at Orchard Ranch.


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