Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
AGNES MILES BISHOP BURRIS
Agnes was born August 25, 1884, in Missouri, the daughter of George and Mary Olivia Miles. On December 27, 1907, she married Minor Adair Bishop at Gage, Oklahoma, and had two children, Ada Lee Cofer and Judd.

In 1909, they settled on Last Chance Ranch on Cow Creek, 47 miles from Seligman, Arizona Territory. With an auto, they were able to "visit Seligman and return to the ranch on the same day, with only two or three blowouts. That was something!"

At one time, they decided to go to Florida to live and stopped on the way in Brownsville, Texas, to visit relatives. When they were ready to leave, Minor asked her, "Where shall I buy the tickets to - Florida or Arizona?" She answered, "Arizona." Upon their return, they bought the Willow Creek Ranger Station, converting it into a ranchhouse where they lived for 12 years.

She helped organize the Miller Valley PTA and was a charter member. The Bishops moved to Mohave County, where they owned the Windmill Ranch and the Round Valley Ranch. In 1946, they sold out and moved to Prescott, Arizona. Mr. Bishop died on May 10, 1947.

In 1952, Agnes married Frank Burris. She enjoyed writing stories, worked with the Yavapai Club for the Blind, and was a member of the Yavapai Cowbelles and the Church of Christ.

Agnes died on March 2, 1968, at her home in Miller Valley and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Yavapai Cowbelles


Additional documentation and photographs may be available in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives and Library.