Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
MARY SWISHER STOREY
"Molly" was born in Pennsylvania on August 26, 1865. Upon her betrothal to Harry C. Storey, Molly spent one year assembling her trousseau for her wedding, sewing and preparing things a bride of her time needed to begin housekeeping.

Harry in the meantime went westward to become established with the AT & SF Railroad. When he brought his new bride to Prescott, she stepped off of the train and said, "How can anyone live in this forsaken country?" She came to deny these words as she would never leave the town she fell so much in love with.

Molly's family had meanwhile moved from Pennsylvania to Whooster, Ohio, where many of the uncles became Presbyterian ministers. She visited home on her rail pass but always returned to her beloved home in the blue sky country of Arizona. Harry and Molly had two daughters: Margaret Mary Mayes (October 26, 1899 - July 31, 1987) and Mildred Baller (December 28, 1901 - January 12, 1989).

Daughters Margie and Mil had a variety of pet animals including chickens, a goat, a huge St. Bernard named "Buster," and a burro brought home one day by their father. The burro was a family favorite until the day he broke loose and wandered down to Whiskey Row where saloon patrons got him drunk.

By then Harry was telegraph superintendent for the Santa Fe Railroad and had an extension line connected to their house on Sheldon Street. The girls learned the Morse code by watching their father work. One day the girls decided to send a secret message, so one of them tapped out H-E-L-L. Every key on the line picked it up.

As well as being mother and housewife, Molly was a charter member of the Prescott Elks Ladies and walked each month from her home to the meetings in the Elks Lodge on Gurley Street above the Elks Theater.

Widowed about the age of 50, she spent the remainder of her long and healthy life helping to care for her four grandchildren. Molly loved a good dance, and she and Harry were honored on their 25th wedding anniversary by a giant reception at the Elks Theater, the same place that was needed for Harry's funeral because of the large number of mourners.

Molly died on July 13, 1954, and was buried at Mountain View Cemetery.

Donors: Margaret Mayes and Mildred Baller



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