Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
AMERICA R. TURNER TOMLINSON

America was born on February 20, 1864, at Kirksville, Missouri, and was educated in Denver. In 1884, she married Joseph B. Tomlinson, Jr. in Denver and came to Prescott in 1894. They had three sons: Edward L., Don J. and Harold.

Joseph owned and operated Venezia Mine. America was the district postmistress and cook for the mines.

Mrs. Louise Duncan Bristow remembered, "I will never forget her apple pies made by the dozen or her cornbread and baked beans."

The Tomlinsons owned the house on the northwest corner of Mt. Vernon and Goodwin (142 Mt. Vernon) that, for many years, was a rendezvous for teachers, young people and other friends.

America belonged to the Monday Club and to the Order of the Eastern Star. She was elected as the club member having the longest continuous service over the longest period of time by the Arizona Federation of Women's Clubs. An article by and pictures of her are in the December 1920 issue of Yavapai Magazine. In the 1940s she lived at the Hotel Vendome.

America died on October 23, 1944, in the Arizona Pioneers' Home and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Mr. L. O. Duvean


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