Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
CARY BURCH FAIN
Cary was born June 22, 1845, in Missouri. It is reported in PIONEER STORIES OF ARIZONA'S VERDE VALLEY that Cary twice answered the call to the West. The first trip, at the age of 15, was made by boat around the Horn of South America through the Straits of Magellan.

On March 6, 1867, she married William Marion Fain in Tonopah, Nevada. William had originally come west to try his fortune at gold mining. At some time after their marriage, they apparently returned east where their first three sons were born: George Newel in 1867, Christopher C. in 1870 (deceased before the family moved to Arizona) and John Michael in 1872.

In 1874, they joined a caravan of covered wagons and returned west arriving at old Fort Verde on the Verde River. They were using cows to pull their wagon instead of steers and driving a few head of cattle from which they later stocked the Old 16 Ranch, located four miles north of Stoneman Lake. When they reached Fort Verde, they were leading a buffalo calf behind their wagon and had only 50 cents in money.

That winter Cary sold milk and butter to the Fort, and William cut wild hay from what is now known as Hay Field Draw and sold it to the soldiers. They soon homesteaded the last ranch on the east side of the Verde River, only to move to Beaver Creek and then on to Oak Creek, where they established a ranch home and where the rest of their family was born. William Marion Jr. was born in 1874 but only lived seven years. In 1876, Dora Lee was born followed by Granville in 1879, Albert Sydney in 1881, Coral Ellen in 1883, and Ida May in 1887.

Cary was a leader in the community of Cornville. After the death of her husband in 1912, she moved to Los Angeles, where she lived until her death on November 3, 1930. Her funeral services were conducted in Camp Verde. Her obituary in the Prescott Courier referred to her only as Grandma Fain.

See PIONEER STORIES OF ARIZONA'S VERDE VALLEY by the Verde Valley Pioneer Association and THE FAINS OF LONESOME VALLEY by Dean Smith.

DONOR: Sue Fain, great-granddaughter
June 1999


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