Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
CALISTA WOODS BRISTOW
Calista was born May 10, 1868, and came to Arizona in 1887. She attended Normal School in Topeka, Kansas. Her sister, Lola, who was teaching in Flagstaff, Arizona, wrote her of an opening in the near-by Agua Fria District.

In 1887, she taught in a one-room school in Agua Fria, all eight grades. Pupils ranged in age from five to 25. She then taught at Squaw Peak, Clear Creek and Camp Verde.

"In true Western tradition, the schoolmarm and the cowboy fell in love and are married," her son, Allen L. Bristow, writes in THOSE EARLY DAYS. Calista married James Bristow in Prescott, Arizona Territory, on January 27, 1897. They lived on a ranch on Clear Creek near Fossil Creek Road. The couple had four children: Marie was born in 1898, Allen in 1900, Frank in 1905 and John W. in 1909.

The Bristows owned H Bar Y until 1906 when they bought the Billie Stevens place south of Camp Verde. Called "Aunt Dit", Calista was well-known and well-liked. Her son remembers that "Mother had her hands full taking care of us kids, doing chores, milking a couple of half-wild cows, and doing the family washing."

Calista died on March 27, 1943.

Donor: Unknown


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