Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
JANE CATHERINE HEREFORD TRITLE

Jane, known as Jennie, was born in Independence or Springfield, Missouri, on May 30, 1840, the daughter of Sarah C. S. Foote and Dr. Francis H. Hereford. Her father had practiced law with Abraham Lincoln. In 1859, she married Frederick Augustus Tritle in Sacramento, California. They came to Arizona a year and a half before her husband was appointed Governor of Arizona Territory in 1882.

Goff writes in Arizona Governors: "A strong factor in the support for his (Fredrick Tritle) appointment was his charming and talented wife as well as the support of her influential family." Jenny was "extremely popular in Arizona and during their years in Prescott was a gracious hostess. During the sessions of the Legislature, the first family held open house every Thursday evening."

Jennie was the first president of Prescott's Women's Club (Monday Club), serving in this capacity for five successive terms. She believed in women's suffrage and formed a club devoted to that cause. Jenny opened a library in her home for public use under the auspices of the Monday Club and was a member of the History and Poetry Study Group.

Goff describes her as "... all that could be desired as the wife of the chief executive of a state in the making. Descended from a long line of distinguished ancestry, she was your true aristocrat and sure enough of her own position not to be confused about it. ... ever tactful, kind, generous, sincere, she was the embodiment of a perfect lady."

Jennie and Fredrick had five children: Jane Catherine "Kate" (Mrs. Eugene) Spencer, Frank Hereford, Frederick Augustus, Jr., John Stewart and Harry Russell. After the Governor's resignation in October 1885, the Tritles continued to live in Prescott.

Jenny died on March 13, 1925, and was buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

Donor: Mrs. G. E. Meany




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