Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
MARGARET T. PHELPS
Margaret was born in 1884 in Christianburg, Virginia, and later taught school there. She married Marlin T. Phelps, a judge of the Arizona Supreme Court, and they had a son, William. Margaret came to Phoenix in 1912 from Nashville, Tennessee.

Always having the urge to write, Margaret found few children's books with an Arizona background. Realizing the beauties of the state were ideal for settings for juvenile fiction, she wrote her first story, Pico and the Silver Mountain. Other books were Toby on the Sheep Drive, Regular Cowboy, Antelope Boy, Chia and the Lambs, Guard and the Golden Boy, Ketch Dog and Territory Boy.

In 1948, the first three books she wrote were listed by the Arizona Educational Association as a social unit for use in the schools throughout the state. Antelope Boy was performed by the Phoenix Little Theater.

In recognition for her juvenile books, Margaret was made an honorary president of the Arizona Congress of Parents and Teachers in 1952. She was also made an honorary member in the International Mark Twain Society for her contributions to literature, with special reference to Territory Boy. That book was based on the early history of Phoenix.

Margaret was the first President of Maricopa County Council of Parent-Teachers Associations (1929-30) and a member of the American Association of University Women, Altrusa Club and the Rose Garden Club of the Valley Garden Center.

Margaret died on September 18, 1953, in Phoenix.

Donor: Mr. and Mrs. Albert Crawford


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