Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
ANGELINE BRIGHAM MITCHELL

Angie was born in West Borough, Massachusetts, on June 27, 1824. After graduation from Mt. Holyoke Seminary in Massachusetts, she became the principal of the Young Ladies Seminary in Bridgewater, Mass. In 1857, she became the preceptress at Battleboro Academy in West Battleboro, Vermont.

Angie married Daniel F. Mitchell, a surveyor and civil engineer, and they had three children: William, who died while a Captain in the Union Army during the Civil War; Angeline, (1854-1909); and Daniel. The family moved to Junction City, Kansas, to support the anti-slavery movement in that area. There Angie taught school in a log cabin with a dirt floor.

In response to a need for surveyors and teachers in the Arizona Territory, the Mitchells joined the Grizzly Callen party bound for Prescott in 1875. They traveled by covered wagon, bringing with them the possessions they most valued, including a canary in a gilded cage.

The Mitchells were active in the community. Daniel, Sr. surveyed the town site of Wickenburg, daughter Angie taught school, son Daniel became a photographer, and Angie herself was appointed by the State Superintendent of Schools as a member of the Territorial Board of Examiners for teachers.

Angie was a prolific writer of children's stories and had articles published in such magazines as Harper's Young Folks, Mother's Journal, Youth Companion and Home Journal. Her manuscript for an unpublished children's book is in the Sharlot Hall Museum archives. Her daughter, Angeline Mitchell Brown, is also represented in the Rose Garden.

Angie died on July 21, 1906, on the Maricopa Indian Reservation near Phoenix, where she was residing with her daughter's family.

Donor: Eta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society,
International Honor Society for Women in Education 1992





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