Biographical Profiles of Some Phoenix
The following biographical sketches were
contributed by members of the Pioneers' Cemetery
Association, Inc. Items enclosed by quotation
marks were taken from newspaper articles, obituaries and
other public sources no longer under copyright
Baker, Feliciana--died 16 May 1884
Feliciana Baker died at the age of 16 months and 13 days
after accidentally ingesting morphine pills, a common
household remedy of the day. Her burial was the
first in the Masonic section.
Joseph Thomas--died 26 January 1909
Tom Barnum was the first elected sheriff of Maricopa
County (his predecessor William Hancock was appointed
to the post). When Barnum moved his family to
the Salt River Valley in 1868, his wife was one of
only four Anglo women in the rough settlement.
Barnum was quick to see the Valley's potential
and went into partnership with J. W. Swilling in
digging irrigation ditches. In 1871, when one
candidate for sheriff shot and killed another
candidate in a gunfight, Barnum became the front
runner for the office. He was elected and served
from May until November, 1871, when he resigned in
order to devote his full attention to his ranch.
He is said to have been a cousin of P.T. Barnum,
the famous showman.
Beatty, Martha--died 9 Aug 1902
Beatty, 73, was suffering from tuberculosis when she
drowned while taking a bath at Frank Shirley's tonsorial
parlor (barbershop). Too weak to get out of the
tub unassisted, she may have fainted and slipped under
the water unnoticed.
Bolton, J. W.--died 26 Dec 1902
Bolton, a barber by trade, eventually became one of the
first black letter carriers in Phoenix.
Brown, Robert E. Lee--died 3 Oct 1902
The New York Times once described Brown, who accumulated
an immense fortune in mining enterprises, as "one of the
best-equipped mining engineers in the world."
John--died 23 Jan 1902
This Chinese immigrant died of consumption when he was
about forty. Around the turn of the century,
Chinese bachelors often lived together under crowded,
unsanitary conditions which made tuberculosis more or
less inevitable. John Chinaman wasn't his actual name,
of course; it is roughly equivalent to 'John Doe'.
Wayne--died 6 April 1914
A cowboy, Davis won the World Championship Steer Roping
competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the age of
17. He later tended cattle with his brother
Charles on the Agua Fria and New River. Serving as
a deputy sheriff under Carl Hayden, he later became an
Arizona Ranger. Davis ran for the office of city
marshal in 1912 but was defeated.
Dorris, Elias Marion--died 9 May 1902
E. M. Dorris, "one of the richest bona-fide residents of
Phoenix", was the co-owner of Dorris-Heyman Furniture
Company. His relative J. W. Dorris, also a wealthy
businessman, was the co-owner of R. W. Draper &
Wayne--died 13 June 1903
Douglas, Ross--died 25 May 1903
These two youngsters died of scarlet fever within two
weeks of each other. They were approximately three
and six years of age.
Duhring, Christ--died 7 Oct 1910
In addition to being a carpenter, Duhring was for many
years the sexton of the IOOF Cemetery.
Duppa, Bryan Philip Darell--died 29 Jan 1892
"Lord" Darell Duppa, as he was called, was known as an
eccentric man with a flair for the dramatic.
Although he wasn't really a nobleman, he came from a
well-to-do family and had received a classical education
in his native England. Credited with naming both
Phoenix and Tempe, Duppa was said to be "hospitable to a
fault, and not afraid of man or devil--or Apache
Indian". Duppa was originally buried in the
Masonic section only to be moved to Greenwood Cemetery
in 1921 by the DAR because "the old cemetery was not
being properly maintained". Once Pioneer &
Military Memorial Park was established, Duppa's body was
returned in 1991, where he was laid to rest for the
third, and hopefully final, time on November 16, 1991.
Dyer, Czar J.--died 28 Mar 1903
Czar J. Dyer served as city councilman and acting mayor
of Phoenix for a time. He was the official Phoenix
draftsman who drew most of the plats of the city which
are still in use today. Dyer also drew the Bird's
Eye View map of Phoenix which hangs in the dining room
of the Smurthwaite House. Prior to coming to
Phoenix, Dyer was active in the mining industry in the
Prescott area. His tombstone identifies him
incorrectly as C. A. Dyer.
18 May 1898
Franklin was a U. S. congressman from Missouri and U. S.
Consul to China before moving to Phoenix. In 1896,
President Grover Cleveland appointed him the twelfth
territorial governor of Arizona.
Graham, Joseph Franklin--died 28 July 1898
This young ranch hand had only been on the job for three
days when he was overcome by the desert heat. Upon
returning to the bunkhouse, he tried to relieve his
thirst by eating a slice of watermelon, but was found
dead a short while later.
Tom--died 8 Feb 1892
Graham was the last man killed in the Pleasant Valley
War that claimed several lives in 1880s. The "war"
was essentially a long-running feud between the Graham
and Tewksbury families, both of whom were ranchers in
Pleasant Valley. It is believed that John Rhodes,
a brother-in-law of Ed Tewksbury, ambushed and shot
Graham as he was driving a wagon near Tempe Butte.
Columbus H.--died 30 Aug 1905
Known as "Lummie", Gray was one of the original Phoenix
area pioneers. For two years, Mrs. Gray (Mary
Adeline Norris) was the only white woman in the
Valley. Gray eventually became a member of the
legislature; he helped initiate the first railroad to
Phoenix (the Maricopa and Phoenix route); he was
somewhat instrumental in forming Maricopa County; and he
had extensive mining interests.
Gregory, Rose--died 17 Sep 1898
Gregory, also known as Minnie Powers, was the owner of
"The Powers", the saloon/lodging house in which Letitia
Rice met her death. Although Gregory denied the
allegations, some suspect that her establishment was
actually a house of prostitution. She was shot by
her jealous boyfriend, William Belcher, AKA "the
Cockney", as she slept.
Hancock, William Augustus--died 24 Mar 1902
Having been a member of the Seventh California Infantry
in 1864, Hancock later mustered into Company C of the
First Arizona Volunteers at Fort McDowell and became the
superintendent of the government farm at McDowell.
Hancock's house, an adobe structure, was the first
permanent dwelling erected in Phoenix. Known as
the "Father of Phoenix", Hancock laid out the first
Phoenix town site in 1870. Hancock was appointed
district attorney in 1871 and chosen as probate judge in
1875. Upon the organization of Maricopa County, he
was appointed the first sheriff. As a promoter of
an irrigation system for the Salt River Valley, Hancock
surveyed the route of the Grand Canal, which is still in
use today. He also surveyed the fraternal
cemeteries of the Pioneer & Military Memorial Park.
Thomas A.--died 23 Dec 1940
Thomas A. Hayden was a founder of the original Pioneers’
Cemetery Association in the 1930s. He served as a civil
engineer for the Salt River Valley Water Users
Association and spent considerable time resurveying and
mapping the cemeteries in what is now known as Pioneer
& Military Memorial Park. It is his map that the
Pioneers’ Cemetery Association currently uses to locate
graves, pathways, etc. He did extensive research on the
pioneers buried at PMMP, interviewing family members and
friends. He compiled his findings into two large volumes
now located at the Arizona State Archives. A great deal
of historical information would have been lost without
the work done by Thomas A. Hayden. He died on 23 Dec
1940, and his cremains were later placed near where the
gazebo now stands on the Avenue of Flags.
Scott--died 8 Oct 1897
Dr. Helm was a well-respected physician in Arizona, the
state's surgeon general, and an active member of several
fraternal organizations. He died of a head trauma
sustained when his horse reared, threw him to the
pavement and fell on him.
Walter--died 22 Dec 1899
Hickey was a Rough Rider. He served as a private
in Company F, 1st Regiment of the U. S. Territorial
Volunteer Cavalry during the Spanish American War.
William--died 23 Mar 1900
In 1874, Isaac came to the Salt River Valley and settled
on a large spread in the vicinity of the current Isaac
School at 35th Avenue and McDowell Road. He served
as road overseer of District #1 in 1878 and as county
surveyor from 1881 to 1882. He assisted Captain
Hancock in surveying the Grand Canal.
Sam--died 23 Mar 1903
Originally from Grodno, Russia, Korrick was a devout Jew
and excellent businessman. He is said to have
"revolutionized the mercantile business" in Phoenix and
that no other man "left such a deep impression upon the
mercantile life of Phoenix".
John--died 23 August 1879
LeBarr was a well-known citizen and businessman of
Phoenix who, while visiting with friends at the saloon
of Messrs. Brown and Daniels, was stabbed and killed by
a troublemaker named McCloskey. LeBarr was buried
in the original cemetery at Seventh Avenue and Madison,
but later reinterred at the present location.
Marie Vaux--died 26 December 1898
Marie was the wife of a devout minister. She accompanied
her husband when he accepted a call to serve in the
Arizona Territory, but died of pneumonia at the age of
Lizarraga, Sisto--died 21
Lizarraga was "one of the most humble yet best known
residents of Phoenix". Born in Pitiquito, Sonora,
he married Felipa Valencia, and the couple had several
children. For 25 years, Sisto served as "official"
Phoenix grave-digger and is identified on many early
death certificates as "undertaker". In 1910, he
enlisted the aid of a couple of volunteers to clean up
the cemetery and straighten 52 headstones that were in
danger of toppling over. His son Ramon followed in
his footsteps and also became a grave-digger.
Loring, Amie Eliza--died 25 Nov
Loring, George Edwin--died 26 Feb 1932
Loring, George Veazie--died 26 Jan 1945
Loring, Henrietta Towles, died 23 Oct 1960
Loring, Lorraine--died 17 May 1889
Loring, Margaret Ann "Aggie" Roby--died 12 Aug 1878
Loring, Samuel Veazie--died 27 Feb 1888
The Loring vault, with its walls fifteen inches thick
and made primarily of river rock, was the first such
structure to be built in the Pioneer & Military
Memorial Park. The first person buried in the
vault was Margaret Ann "Aggie" Loring, first wife of
George Loring; she died in 1878. Samuel Veazie
Loring, who died in 1888, and two of the Loring children
were also buried here. George Edwin's ashes were
placed in the vault after his death in 1932, as were
those of his son George Veazie in 1945 and George
Veazie's wife Henrietta in 1960. More about
George W.--died 30 Nov 1891
"In trouble and miserable", Marlar "blew out his brains"
while in the Commercial Hotel owned by George H. N.
Luhrs. A Mason in good standing, Marlar and his
wife, the daughter of Judge Ivy Cox, had three
children. He had taken the children to be
photographed the day before he committed suicide.
McElhaney, Samuel Calvin--died 28 Nov 1905
McElhaney, "one of the best-known ranchers in the
Valley", died "indirectly of having his finger smashed
while handling hogs". His wife was the daughter of
Ruben Hill, another pioneer farmer.
Monihon, Luke--died 19 Aug 1879
Luke Monihon, brother of the popular sheriff James D.
Monihon, was ambushed and killed near his home by John
Keller, a disgruntled former ranch hand who had
previously quarreled with him. Originally interred
in the cemetery at Seventh Avenue and Madison, Monihon's
body was moved to Loosley when the first cemetery
Frank B.--died 19 Mar 1906
Moss, a wagon maker, served as the mayor and fire chief
of Phoenix. He died at the age of 53, "stricken
(by heart disease) as he was ascending the city hall
Lindley H.--died 24 Sep 1900
Orme, one of the earliest residents of the Valley, moved
to Arizona in 1870, having served in the Army of
Northern Virginia under the Confederacy where his unit
was part of White's Battalion of the Virginia Cavalry
known as "The Comanches". He was elected Maricopa
County sheriff in 1880 and 1882. In 1888, he was a
member of the territorial council and was again made
sheriff in 1891, serving another two terms.
John Preston--died 19 Jan 1900
Osborn, a native of Tennessee, was one of the best-known
and most-respected pioneers in the Arizona
Territory. He, his wife and their seven children
were among the earliest settlers of Prescott, Arizona,
arriving in July, 1854. Osborn built the first
hotel in Prescott. He explored Del Rio and the
Verde Valley, eventually settling in the Salt River
Valley, where he helped to found the town later named
Phoenix. He died at the age of 85. Osborn
Road is named after him.
Captain John W.--died 4 Nov 1877
Although a GAR post was named after Captain Owen, his
role in the local political scene may be considered
somewhat dubious. As Maricopa County treasurer, he
"performed the duties of his office rather
loosely." After Owen's death, "his bondsmen
[searched]...where he kept the County Treasury
money," but it was never found.
S. O.--died 2 Nov 1903
Payne shot himself after sustaining gambling losses of
about $3000. A witness at the coroner's hearing
claimed that Payne said, "I am all in" prior to his
death. He did not want relatives notified of his
demise, stating "I have got along without them while I
was alive, and I can get along without them when I'm
Peterson, Charles--died 28 Dec 1904
Peterson, the father of five children, was killed by a
streetcar while riding his bicycle at the corner of
Second Avenue and Washington.
Josiah--died 21 August 1877
Little Josiah Phy was the son of Deputy Sheriff Josephus
Phy and his wife, Christiana Rachel Cavaness. Upon his
death at the age of six weeks, the infant was buried in
the city's first cemetery in what is today downtown
Phoenix. His marker was the first marble monument
in that cemetery. The stone arrived in May of 1878
and a newspaper article described it as being "of
California marble, of the finest grain, nicely polished
and grained." Infant Phy's body--and his
marker--were later moved to their present
Plumridge, Robert--died 17 June 1906
Plumridge was a member of the U. S. Cavalry's famous
"California Column" that helped protect Arizona during
the Civil War. He was an ardent "sporting man" who
loved all things in which there was a chance. He
was an authority on card games, races and boxing.
He was employed by the Capitol Saloon in Phoenix where
he acted as a bookmaker and pool shark.
27 Mar 1900
Proctor, a Buffalo Soldier, was a sergeant in Troop L of
the Tenth U. S. Cavalry during the Spanish American
Quackenbush, Kittie--died 25 Aug 1901
Kittie was married to Charles Quackenbush, a blind
pianist and piano-tuner. She died of an apoplexy
(probably an aneurysm) one hot August afternoon in the
parlor of her comfortable home on Monroe Street.
Amos G.--died 1 Dec 1897
Randal, of the undertaking firm of Randal & Davis,
died in Porter Cemetery after the burial of G. A.
Kirtley. According to newspaper reports, "Randal
pitched forward and fell on his face." He first
came to Arizona with the U. S. Cavalry's "California
Raymond, Millard--died 11 Jan 1899
Raymond was a Rough Rider of Troop F during the Spanish
American War. His original tombstone was a wooden
marker that incorrectly identified him as Raymond
Miller. The wooden marker was later replaced by a
government-issued veteran's marker with the name
Letitia "Tessie"--died 19 May 1893
Rice, also known as Tessie Murray, also known as Mrs.
Wright, was burned to death in "The Powers", a
saloon/lodging house owned by Minnie Powers.
Companions testified that 17-year-old Tessie was
intoxicated when she knocked over a kerosene lamp,
igniting her clothing. A coroner's jury ruled the
Children--died 25 Feb 1883 and 7 Jan 1896
These are the children of Dr. and Mrs. Roland Lee
Rosson. The Rossons are best known for building
the Eastlake/Queen Anne-style house in what is now
Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix. More on
1 Mar 1904
Edward Schwartz's long military career began with the
Civil War. After the war's end, he became active
in the newly-formed Grand Army of the Republic
(GAR). in 1893, Governor Hughes appointed Schwartz
adjutant general of the 1st Arizona Infantry
(territorial militia, later the National Guard).
Upon his death, he was buried in Porter Cemetery,
Section B 37 F, with full military honors and the "first
employment of the Krag-Jorgensen rifle salute by the
National Guard of Arizona". His grave has both a
military marker and a private headstone.
Smith, Cassie--died 28 Sep 1872
Cassie was the daughter of William M. and Fanny Smith,
who opened the first store in Phoenix in 1871. She
is described as the first white person to "die of
natural causes" within the townsite limits.
Originally buried in the cemetery at Seventh Avenue and
Madison, her body was subsequently moved to its present
Staley, Jennie--died 14 Dec 1894
Jennie Staley traveled out West to live with her aunt
and uncle in a Denver mansion before accompanying them
to a ranch near Cave Creek. A lifelong spinster,
she died at the age of 42 of pneumonia.
Torigoe, I. (or S?)--died 14
Torigoe, a Japanese cook at a nearby ranch, was shot by
a fellow employee and countryman in what is believed to
have been an unfortunate accident. The two men
"appeared to be the best of friends."
Tovrea, Freddie--died 17 Jul
Freddie, the 10-year-old son of E. A. Tovrea, died of
appendicitis. Mr. Tovrea was the owner of the
"Tovrea Castle", now part of the Phoenix City Parks
Waltz, Jacob--died 25 Oct 1891
Known as the "Old
Dutchman", Waltz departed this life a poor farmer
at the age of 81 following a bout with pneumonia.
Although he "died with a blessing for Mrs. J. E. Thomas,
his caretaker, on his lips", it is not known whether he
ever divulged to her the exact location of the gold mine
he had allegedly discovered in the Superstition
Mountains. Scores of gold-seekers from around the
world have tried unsuccessfully to find it ever since.
After Waltz's original headstone was stolen from
the cemetery, a new one was purchased with donations
from concerned citizens.
Ward, Josiah L.--died 23 Dec 1881
Ward, born in Chenango County, New York, was one of the
four original locators of the famous Gunsight
Mine. He was in Phoenix for only a few weeks
before he succumbed to consumption.
Wilson, Leona Wooldridge--died
16 Apr 1899
Mrs. Wilson was the first person buried in the
Wooldridge family's "specially-constructed" vault.
Also buried in the vault was her father Julian F. Wooldridge,
co-owner of the Wilson & Wooldridge shoe store, and
three other family members. Their bodies were
later moved to Greenwood Cemetery, and the vault is now
a maintenance shed.
King--died 30 Jun 1879
Woolsey came to Arizona as a mule driver for Fort Yuma
around 1860. He eventually owned at least three
large ranches in the Arizona Territory. Although
he is best known for his campaigns against the Apache
Indians, he and two other men also established one of
the first flour mills in the Salt River Valley. He
held various government positions in the territorial
legislature and served as director of several water
companies aimed at more equitable distribution of water
privileges. Always an innovator, Woolsey opened
the first skating rink in Phoenix at the Woolsey and
Wentworth Hall in June, 1878. Woolsey died at the
age of 47 of heart disease and was one of those
originally interred in the old cemetery but later
removed to the current location.
Sing Yuen--died 8 Jun 1913
Ong Sing Yuen was born in China around 1862 and came to
Arizona when he was about 21 years old. He was for
many years a merchant in Phoenix's Chinatown, dying in
1913 of carcinoma of the esophagus. The coroner
opined that the cancer was caused by Yuen's habit of
smoking opium, although it is also possible that Yuen
used opium simply to dull the pain of the malignancy.
While most early Chinese residents preferred to
have their bodies cremated and returned to their
ancestral villages in China, Yuen was buried in the