|Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden|
ANNA MARIA FOOTNER BARTLETT MOTT HENRY
Anna Maria was born on December 31, 1861, in Christchurch, England, the daughter of Alfred James and Mary Anne Footner Bartlett. In 1879 or 1880, she married Robert Inneo Mott, a poet, in Christchurch. They came to California, where he died less than a year after their marriage. In 1893, in Redlands, California, she and George Samuel Henry, a contractor, were married.
The Henrys moved to Arizona in 1893 and had four children: Maude Footner Henry Hopkins (1894 - 1990); Neill Henry, a baby named for Buckey O'Neill who died as an infant; Ola Gertrude Henry Pitchford (1899 - 1937); and Amelia Henry Oldershaw (1902 - ).
A dressmaker and milliner by trade, Anna, widowed in 1904, supported herself and her three children by many forms of employment. She was Secretary/ Treasurer for Rebekah and Pocohontas lodges, collected insurance premiums for the Woodmen of the World, did janitorial work at the Odd Fellows Hall (with the help of her daughters Ola and Amelia), and was the Spirella Corset Company representative in Prescott.
At various times, Anna was a clerk in the County Recorder's office, was a part-time cashier in a grocery store, and served as librarian in the County Library. As a well-known parliamentarian, she taught classes in parliamentary law for organizations such as the Monday Club.
Anna received the Decoration of Chivalry from the Rebekah Lodge during its State Convention in 1905, the award being given for efforts in establishing the first orphanage in Arizona for children of Odd Fellows or Rebekahs. A member of WoW, Pocohontas and the Congregational Church, Anna was presented with a life membership in the Monday Club in 1936.
Anna lived at 320 North Mt. Vernon Street, on North Alarcon Street, and at 605 Maple Street in Prescott.
Her daughter, Ola Gertrude Henry Pitchford, is also represented in the Rose Garden.
Anna died in Ft. Worth, Texas, on November 11, 1939, and was buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Prescott.
DONOR: Marjorie Pitchford Prince and Amelia Oldershaw
|Additional documentation and photographs may be available in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives and Library.|