Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
MINNIE MAY McMANUS CONLEY
Minnie was born June 25, 1888, in Georgetown, New Mexico, daughter of Carry Hilde McManus and her husband.

She came to Pearce, Arizona, with her parents in September 1888 when she was only a few days old. She also lived in Tombstone, Bisbee, Prescott and Phoenix.

After two divorces, she married Thomas Edwin Conley, a storekeeper and also an employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad, in 1926 at Lordsburg, New Mexico.

Minnie had two children from her previous marriages: Willie J. Hunter, born on October 24, 1908, and Correen Hunter who died in infancy. She and Thomas adopted two more children, William T. Conley in 1918 and Katherine Conley in 1935.

While in Prescott, she worked "downstairs at the Black Cat" on Whiskey Row. She also filled in at the Southern Pacific Railroad facility in Phoenix during World Was II and later worked parttime at Lindsay's Doll Hospital at Fifth Street and Van Buren in addition to being a homemaker. During the depression, she often took food to the tent cities that sprang up in the Salt River bed.

She lived all of her 76 years in Arizona and was a Phoenix resident for 52 years. Her granddaughter writes that she was very proud of her Arizona residency and her pioneer status. She was a participant in the "Pioneers of Arizona" celebrations sponsored by the Arizona Republic newspaper.

Minnie died on October 16, 1964, and was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park in Phoenix, Arizona.

Donor: Mary Conley
April 1999


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