Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
MARY MARGARET DUKE
Mary Margaret "Mamie" was born on August 6, 1890, in Prescott, the daughter of John and Mary A. Foley Duke. She remained here all her life. In 1871, her father had bought the place where she was born south of Granite Dells from Jefferson Harrison Lee. Mr. Duke had originally come to the area in order to be at Fort Whipple.

Dr. McCandless's horse had to swim across the creek during an electric storm to attend Mamie's birth on the Duke Ranch. In 1904, Mamie graduated from the 8th grade at St. Joseph's Academy at age 15. She attended Notre Dame and Sacred Heart in Ogden, Utah.

Her father bought out Burke's interest in the St. Michael Hotel in 1907 and in 1914 bought out Hickey. Mamie worked as "clerical clerk" at the hotel and upon her father's death in 1935 became its owner.

She operated the St. Michael from 1910 to 1942. On June 10, 1936, the Prescott Courier commented on her ownership: "...a capable business woman. She is a valuable acquisition to the city's commercial life." At the time of her death on June 16, 1988, Mamie was the oldest continuous member of Sacred Heart Church and was living at the Arizona Pioneers' Home. She was buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Donor: Ann Tewksbury


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