Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
SEDONA MILLER SCHNEBLY
Sedona was born in Goren, Missouri, in 1877, one of 12 children of Philip Miller, who was of Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry.

She married Theodore Carlton "Carl" or "T. C." Schnebly in 1897 in Missouri and came with him and all their household goods to Jerome via the narrow gauge railroad, arriving October 23, 1901. They set up housekeeping on an 80-acre homestead at the mouth of the 15-mile-long canyon that Oak Creek carved into Arizona's Mogollon Rim.

T. C. became the first postmaster in the area, and Sedona's brother-in-law, Ellsworth Schnebly, suggested that the town be named "Sedona" after her "because she was a character that would stand well as a symbol for the community."

The Schneblys had six children: Ellsworth, Pearl (who was killed in a horse-riding accident when she was 5 years old), Genevieve, Clara McBride, Margaret Wallace, and Henry.

Sedona's great-granddaughter said, "I hear her saying Rats!' when Carl annoyed her and threatening to go to live in the barn. I can also visualize them holding hands, as they always did, in church or when walking somewhere. Whenever she had to carry buckets of water from the creek, she was planning how she would set her table with a touch of class."

Sedona served meals to travelers using the fresh vegetables from T. C.'s farm. So hers was Oak Creek's first tourist Mecca. Sedona played the piano at gatherings that took the place of church services, at picture shows, rodeos and club meetings.

It is appropriate that the Schneblys' stone house is now one of the 200 suites of Los Abrigados Resort in Sedona. T. C. and Aunt Dona, as she was known to her many friends, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1947.

Sedona died on November 13, 1950, and was buried in Grasshopper Flat, Sedona.

Donors: Ellsworth, Henry, Clara and Margaret Schnebly


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