Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
FRANCES LILLIAN WILLARD MUNDS

"Fannie" was born on June 10, 1866, in Franklin, California, the daughter of John (aka Joel and George) Willard, a pioneer of California and Nevada, and Mary Grace Vineyard. Fannie graduated from the Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine, in June 1885.

Her first teaching job was in the Mormon village of Pine, then in Payson, and later in Mayer (where she was the first school teacher), and finally Jerome.

On March 5, 1890, Frances married John L. Munds at the home of her mother in Cottonwood. Wearing a stylish gown of cream albatross plush and moire with orange blossoms. They lived in Cottonwood, where they were in the stock business.

Fannie and John had three children: William Harold, Sally Williams and Mary Fran (Mrs. Robert) Brockmeier. In 1893, the family moved to Prescott, where John was deputy sheriff for George Ruffner from 1894-1897. He was sheriff from 1898-1903. The Munds bought and lived in the house with the Queen Anne exterior and Victorian interior at 220 North Mt. Vernon, later the Buckey O'Neill home.

Fannie was elected president of the Arizona State Women's Suffrage Organization. "A Prescott woman whose activities embraced every feminist cause in the Territory from woman's suffrage to WCTU and eventually to public service as the state of Arizona's first woman legislator."

In 1913, she was appointed by Governor Hunt as representative to the international Woman's Suffrage Alliance in Budapest, Hungary. Of her election in 1914 as the State Senator from Yavapai County and the second woman senator in the United States, Fannie said: "Our friends, the true-blue conservatives, will be shocked to think of a grandmother sitting in the State Senate."

A picture of Frances Munds when running for State Senator is in Yavapai Magazine, 10-15, 1914, p. 13.

Fannie was president of the Monday Club, 1918-19, and Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star. In 1982, Frances was inducted into the Arizona Women's Hall of Fame. She retained her active interest in politics until her death at her home at 308 North Mt. Vernon on December 16, 1948. Fannie was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Sally Munds Williams




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