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The Making of Sharlot Hall

Sharlot Hall and her father, Jim Hall, at the Grand Canyon around 1913. It is not clear whether Mr. Hall had any tobacco in his cheek at the time of this photograph, but it’s a safe bet he had some in his possession.

Sharlot Hall may not have regarded herself as a feminist, but she had a remarkable ability to think for herself and the bravery to eschew the traditional roles of wife and mother at a time when most of society viewed those roles as practically definitive of womanhood.

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The Mertz Family

(From left) Sister Electa Fleck, Father Jim Mertz and Sister Mary Magdalene (Mary Mertz) are pictured in front of 444 Monroe Street, downtown Phoenix, 1936.

This photo shows 444 Monroe Street in downtown Phoenix in 1936. The building in the background is the former convent of the Sisters of the Precious Blood, who taught St. Mary’s Elementary School classes for nearly a century.

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