Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
ARMINDA JANE SOLOMON PARKER SKINNER
Arminda, daughter of Jane Dee Delia Wooten and David Solomon, was born in 1876 in Barksdale, Texas. She received most of her education there. In 1894, she married Daniel Webster Parker, also of Texas.

While living there, the couple had five children: Mabel Inez, born in 1894; Carrie Bell, born in 1896; Dannie Dee, born in 1899; John W., born in 1901; and Frank Gilmore, born in 1903.

In 1904, the Parkers came to Arizona in a covered wagon and settled on the remote Bouquet Ranch, situated on the west side of the rugged Sierra Anchas, five miles east of Tonto Creek. Another son, Porter, was born in 1906.

When construction began on the Roosevelt Dam, Daniel worked there, and the family camped at the dam site. This small settlement, which was called “Tent City,” was located at the confluence of the Salt River and Tonto Creek. While the family was camped at the dam site, daughter Marguerite Parker Noble was born in 1910. Later that year, the family moved to Tempe, Arizona.

Arminda died on May 19, 1972, and was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery. Her daughter Marguerite is also commemorated in the Rose Garden.

Donor: Marguerite Noble, daughter
July 2004


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