Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
MAY ELENOR IMUS DAVIS BROWN YOUNG
May Elenor Imus, daughter of Edwin and Rose Hunt Imus, was born on January 7, 1878, on the Goodwin Homestead at the fork of Walnut and Apache creeks, about 50 miles northwest of Prescott, Arizona. Edwin and Rose were one of the first ranching families to settle in Mohave County and homesteaded the site of old Camp Willow.

May wrote that at the time she was born her mother traveled about 40 miles over a rough dirt road in a lumber wagon to get to the nearest white woman who could deliver her first baby. May was born at night and feet first “and believe me, I have been on the move ever since.”

On December 25, 1897, May married cattleman George Wyatt Davis at her parents' home. George and May built their home in Hackberry then later traded the home plus $1000 for the Trout Creek Ranch. Their house was built at the foot of a high red bluff. One morning the couple awakened to find a large boulder blocking the kitchen door. Wesley Jackson, George’s cousin, put rollers under the house and moved it away from the bluff.

The couple had four children; Dora Dean Sharp, born October 4, 1898; Rose Dorothy Rodrigues, born June 28, 1904; Jack Wyatt Davis, born January 4, 1913; and Lila May Bonnett, born December 26, 1914.

George died in his sleep on September 20, 1921, while on a roundup. May had a few head of steers and tried to keep the ranch going, but the bank in Kingman, Arizona, wouldn’t lend her any money. She and her daughters moved into Kingman and worked in a laundry and at any odd jobs they could find.

In 1923, May married John Brown. John had first seen May when he was just riding through the country and came upon George and May’s place. George was sitting on the porch playing his fiddle,and John said there was “a good-lookin'woman with dark red hair chopping wood. He claimed to have been in love with her for a long time. John was not young when he married and had never been around young children. The children didn’t like John and made life pretty miserable for May and John. Within a few years the couple divorced.

May then married Tot Young in 1937, and the couple operated the Poverty Flat Cattle Ranch in Skull Valley. They divorced in 1945. May lived in the Vendome Hotel for a number of years and cooked at local ranches, finally moving into the Arizona Pioneers' Home in 1954.

She was an active member of the Federation or Business Women, Arizona Cattleman’s Association, the Rebekah Lodge, and a charter member of the Daughters of Mohave County Pioneers.

Even in the home she was perpetually active, did mending for other residents, crocheted pillow tops, made baby quilts and still cooked for several ranches for spring and fall roundups every year until she was 88. She saved $6000 so she “could be laid away nice.”

Her granddaughter-in-law wrote that May was a true pioneer from a pioneering family with great spirit, a sense of humor and family loyalty. No matter what life handed her, she made the best of it.

Mae died on March 25, 1967, and was buried in Kingman.

Donor: Dana Sharp, granddaughter-in-law
April 2003





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