Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
PEARL SATATHITE ETHRIDGE
Pearl, daughter of William and Lillian Satathite, was born in Glendale, Arizona, on February 8, 1912. Her parents were both Texas natives and came to Glendale from Socorro County, New Mexico.

After Pearl was born the family moved to Thompson Valley (Yava, Arizona), where they stayed until William bought a place on the creek approximately two miles south of Kirkland.

Pearl and her three brothers walked from their home to the one-room elementary school in Kirkland. Later her parents bought a place in Thompson Valley, their last move. Pearl’s brother, Clayton, still has the old family place. Pearl has a million dollars worth of memories growing up with three brothers and doing the things they did: climb tress, wade in the creek, look for birds' nests. When the children got older, they were taught to help each other and work together doing whatever needed to be done. Pearl learned to ride bareback with her brothers and helped with the cattle branding.

Pearl attended Yava High School for two years and then Prescott High School for the last two years, staying with Grace Chapman, the County Recorder, in Prescott. On January 5, 1934, she married rancher Wallace Henderson at Socorro, New Mexico. But the couple soon parted, and Pearl moved back home. On November 20, 1934, her only son was born in Prescott. He was named William Satathite.

A proud moment in Pearl’s life during the depression was when a neighbor came to the family home asking for help with his roundup. Pearl’s brothers were gone at the time so she agreed to go to help. They rode up in the granite hills and lower in the canyons for several weeks. Pearl was paid just what any man would have made plus her horse feed. The neighbor told her dad that she had as much or even more “cow sense” as some of the men he hired.

In the late 1930s Pearl married Frank Ethridge, a surface foreman at the Bagdad Mine. Their first house in Bagdad was a little tent house with a tin roof and canvas flaps on the side, but after a while they were able to move into a real house.

Pearl was president of the Bagdad PTA for two terms, active on the social committee that planned entertainment for the mining camp and instrumental in getting the Union Sunday School started. She also worked at the Bagdad General Store.

Pearl was asked by her friend Grace Sparks to help out in the County Recorder’s office during elections in 1952, 1954 and 1956. Then Grace offered her a permanent job as a deputy recorder, and Pearl accepted. She moved to Prescott and worked in the County Recorders office until her retirement in 1974. Pearl was active in the Baptist Church both in Yava and Prescott and a member of the Yavapai Cowbelles, of which her mother was a charter member.

On June 14, 2003, the Sharlot Hall Museum Rose Garden Committee had the privilege of honoring Pearl as the first living woman to be inducted into the museum’s Territorial Women’s Memorial Rose Garden. Her mother, Lillian Belle Welty Satathite, is also commemorated in the Rose Garden.

Donor: Yavapai Cowbelles
May 2003


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