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Sharlot Hall, Grace and Jack Sparkes, and Dan Seaman

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Grace Sparkes, Dan Seaman, Sharlot Hall, and Jack Sparkes, l. to r. at the dedication of the Blythe Bridge. In 1882, Sharlot Mabridth Hall (b. 1870, d. 1943) moved from Lincoln County, Kansas to Lynx Creek, Arizona, 12 miles southeast of Prescott, with her father, James Knox Hall, her mother, Adeline Susannah Hall, and her brother, Edward V. Hall (Ted). She became a poet, penning a book of poetry, Cactus and Pine, and a journalist, also serving a stint as editor of Out West Magazine. In 1909, she became the first woman to hold public office in Arizona when she was appointed Territorial Historian. After leaving office in 1912, she cared for her aging parents at their farm, Orchard Ranch, until their deaths. She returned to public life in 1924 when she was selected as elector to carry Arizona's vote to Washington, D. C. In 1927, her long-time dream was realized when the original Territorial Governor's Mansion in Prescott was leased to her for life, and she became the steward of the museum (1928) that now bears her name. During this period she also was a popular speaker before civic and professional groups throughout Arizona. She died on April 9, 1943, and her funeral was a large affair held at the museum, with the Governor giving the principal address.

Grace Marian Sparkes (b. January 21, 1893, d. October 22, 1963) was born in Lead, South Dakota and moved to Arizona with her family in 1906. She worked for the Prescott Chamber of Commerce from 1911 until 1945, serving as secretary until resigning to oversee her mining interests in Cochise County. During her tenure, she helped organize the Smoki People of Prescott and joined Sharlot Hall in efforts to establish a permanent reservation for the Yavapai Indians near Prescott. Other contributions of Miss Sparkes included the management of the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo, the obtaining of financing for the Hassayampa Hotel, and the securing of the approval of federal projects including the establishment of a Veterans Hospital, the renovation of Tuzigoot Indian Ruins and the restoration of the Governor's Mansion. She served on the Arizona State Board of Welfare, was coordinator for an Arizona exhibit at the Chicago Century of Progress World's Fair of 1934, and was volunteer secretary of the Northern Arizona State Fair Association. She died in Bisbee, Arizona.

Daniel J. Seaman (b. 1892, d. November, 1969) was born in Denver to Dan J. and Minnie Atkinson Seaman and moved to Prescott as a child. He married Eileen Bennett in 1932. He started the Prescott Printing Company and published The Morning Star newspaper from 1923 to 1927. He was managing editor of the Prescott Evening Courier for 18 years and served as superintendent of the Arizona Pioneers' Home during 1931 and 1932. He was a director of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Yavapai County Democratic party and served as Justice of the Peace of the Prescott precinct in Yavapai County for many years. He was also a charter member of the Smoki People and helped establish the Sharlot Hall Museum.

Jack Sparkes (b. , d. May,1939) was the brother of Grace Sparkes. He suffered from ill health most of his life, and when he was well enough, he worked at the Owl Drugstore. He was married to Genevieve McNalley, a teacher in Wickenburg. He was in his 40's when he died.
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File Name: po0156pb.jpg
Location: MS-12 - Box 19 - Folder 1
Medium: B&W
New Call Number: 1928-0001-0129
Old Call Number: po0156pb
Original Format: Print
Photo Collection: Sharlot M. Hall
Photo Date: March 10, 1928
Rights: Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives.
Size: 3.5x5

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Old Call Number po0156pb
New Call Number 1928-0001-0129
Photo Collection Sharlot M. Hall
Location MS-12 - Box 19 - Folder 1
Creator No
Distributor No
Photo Date March 10, 1928
Medium B&W
Original Format Print
Size 3.5x5
File Name po0156pb.jpg
Rights Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives.
Staff Notes No
Description Grace Sparkes, Dan Seaman, Sharlot Hall, and Jack Sparkes, l. to r. at the dedication of the Blythe Bridge. In 1882, Sharlot Daniel J. Seaman (b. 1892, dMabridth Hall (b. 1870, d. 1943) moved from Lincoln County, Kansas to Lynx Creek, Arizona, 12 miles southeast of Prescott, with her father, James Knox Hall, her mother, Adeline Susannah Hall, and her brother, Edward V. Hall (Ted). She became a poet, penning a book of poetry, Cactus and Pine, and a journalist, also serving a stint as editor of Out West Magazine. In 1909, she became the first woman to hold public office in Arizona when she was appointed Territorial Historian. After leaving office in 1912, she cared for her aging parents at their farm, Orchard Ranch, until their deaths. She returned to public life in 1924 when she was selected as elector to carry Arizona's vote to Washington, D. C. In 1927, her long-time dream was realized when the original Territorial Governor's Mansion in Prescott was leased to her for life, and she became the steward of the museum (1928) that now bears her name. During this period she also was a popular speaker before civic and professional groups throughout Arizona. She died on April 9, 1943, and her funeral was a large affair held at the museum, with the Governor giving the principal address. . Grace Marian Sparkes (b. January 21,1893, d. October 22,1963) was born in Lead, South Dakota and moved to Arizona with her family in 1906. She worked for the Prescott Chamber of Commerce from 1911 until 1945, serving as secretary until resigning to oversee her mining interests in Cochise County. During her tenure, she helped organize the Smoki People of Prescott and joined Sharlot Hall in efforts to establish a permanent reservation for the Yavapai Indians near Prescott. Other contributions of Miss Sparkes included the management of the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo, the obtaining of financing for the Hassayampa Hotel, and the securing of the approval of federal projects including the establishment of a Veterans Hospital, the renovation of Tuzigoot Indian Ruins and the restoration of the Governor's Mansion. She served on the Arizona State Board of Welfare, was coordinator for an Arizona exhibit at the Chicago Century of Progress World's Fair of 1934, and was volunteer secretary of the Northern Arizona State Fair Association. She died in Bisbee, Arizona. Daniel J. Seaman (b. 1892, d. November, 1969) was born in Denver to Dan J. and Minnie Atkinson Seaman and moved to Prescott as a child. He married Eileen Bennett in 1932. He started the Prescott Printing Company and published The Morning Star newspaper from 1923 to 1927. He was managing editor of the Prescott Evening Courier for 18 years and served as superintendent of the Arizona Pioneers' Home during 1931 and 1932. He was a director of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Yavapai County Democratic party and served as Justice of the Peace of the Prescott precinct in Yavapai County for many years. He was also a charter member of the Smoki People and helped establish the Sharlot Hall Museum. Jack Sparkes (b. , d. May, 1939) was the brother of Grace Sparkes. He suffered from ill health most of his life, and when he was well enough, he worked at the Owl Drugstore. He was married to Genevieve McNalley, a teacher in Wickenburg. He was in his 40's when he died.