Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
ELIZA FLYNN CAMPBELL

Eliza, born on August 15, 1850, came to the United States from County Sligo, Ireland, when she was 12 years old. In Dodge City, Kansas, she was employed in the home of the paymaster general of the Army's Western Division. In 1873, she married Daniel J. Campbell there and came with him to Ft. Whipple in 1875 as a bride.

In Campbell's obituary, Sharlot Hall referred to Eliza as "a handsome young Irish girl who helped care for the children...in a Fort Dodge home. Telling the story of her marriage a few months before her death, she said "and I don't know yet how it happened - but Daniel Campbell was the handsomest man in all the regiment."

At the time of her death, she was the oldest parishioner of Sacred Heart Church and probably the first Caucasian Catholic in the State of Arizona. She helped build the first small Roman Catholic church in Prescott.

Eliza and her husband conducted a dairy business and opened a small store in Prescott, where their children Thomas E. (1878), Joseph, Harry and Lela Duffy, grew up. Thomas became Governor of Arizona in later years.

Eliza's home was at 206 S. Pleasant. She died in June 1930 and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Museum Rose Garden


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