Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
ETTA JULIA OLIVER

Etta was born on August 25, 1876, in Florence, Colorado. She was graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1893 and came to Prescott in 1921.

Etta taught school at Ft. Whipple and at the Indian School in Phoenix. She married Deacon William J. Oliver of the Indian Service on July 3,1900. They had three daughters: Mrs. George Willig, Agnes (Mrs. Oliver) Wright and Mrs. H. E. Sanders; and three sons: Edgar, Robert and William. Etta was City and Society Editor of the Prescott Courier for 20 years, retiring in 1953.

Etta was president of the Monday Club from 1929-30, during which time the club financed a new roof for the Governor's Mansion and helped Sharlot Hall restore it. Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a member of the Prescott Garden Club, Etta also belonged to the Congregational Church where she was president of the Women's Fellowship.

Her minister said of her: "Hers was a life devoted only to worthwhile things. . . she was the most kindly, considerate, tolerant, and forgiving woman that I have ever known. Quiet to a point of almost silence, she was given only to charitable thoughts and deeds."

On September 24, 1957, Etta was asphyxiated in a fire in her home at 109 North Pleasant Street. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: General George Crook Chapter, D. A. R.


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