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Sharlot M. Hall with William and Missouri Kirkland

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Sharlot M. Hall standing between William and Missouri Kirkland.
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File Name: po0146p.jpg
Location: MS-12 - Box 18 - Folder 9
Medium: B&W
New Call Number: 1928-0001-0118
Old Call Number: po0146p
Original Format: Print
Photo Collection: Sharlot M. Hall
Photo Date: c. 1910
Rights: Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives.
Size: 6x9

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Old Call Number po0146p
New Call Number 1928-0001-0118
Photo Collection Sharlot M. Hall
Location MS-12 - Box 18 - Folder 9
Creator No
Distributor No
Photo Date c. 1910
Medium B&W
Original Format Print
Size 6x9
File Name po0146p.jpg
Rights Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives.
Staff Notes No
Description Sharlot M. Hall standing between William and Missouri Kirkland. 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. William Hudson Kirkland (b. July 12, 1832 - d. January 19, 1910) was born in Petersburg, Virginia. After spending a few years in California, he arrived in Tucson in 1856 where he farmed and ran a lumber business. In 1860, he married Missouri Ann Bacon in the first formal marriage between Anglos to take place in what was to become the new Arizona Territory. In 1861, their daughter, Elizabeth, was born and became the first Anglo child born in the Arizona Territory. In 1863, Kirkland moved his family, which then included a son, George, to a valley west of Prescott, which later became known as Kirkland, Arizona. IT was in this valley that William established the Kirkland Valley Ranch. In 1870, he moved to Phoenix where he served on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, the first School Board and where he became a Justice of the Peace. In 1877, he moved to Safford where he operated freighting outfits and was appointed Deputy Sheriff, and subsequently he lived in the Congress Mining Camp, Palomas, and Congress Junction where he held his last public office as Constable from 1903 to 1908. He and his wife had eight children.