The Seventh Annual Western History Symposium, sponsored by the Sharlot Hall Museum and the Prescott Corral of Westerners International, was held in Prescott this past Saturday.  We attended two of the lectures.  In “Winning Their Place: Arizona Women in Politics, 1914-1950,” Heidi Ossalaer, an historian at Arizona State University, shared highlights from her book with the same title.  Arizona women enjoyed an unusual level of success in early state politics at a time when few women ran for office in other states.  Female politicians such as Frances Willard Munds, Isabella Greenway, Nellie Trent Bush, and Ana Frohmiller faced obstacles but through savvy and grit excelled in their forays into Arizona politics.  Alan Roesler, a retired geologist, shared his in-depth knowledge of Ernest Love n his lecture, “Ernest Love, Arizona Aviator in the Great Way.”  Love graduated from Prescott High School in 1914 where he was an All-State guainrd in football, thespian, singer, and president of his class.  After graduating from Stanford University, he flew 22 combat missions before meeting his death in France in 1918.  His name lives on as the namesake of Prescott’s American Legion Post 6 and the Prescott Airport.  Roesler’s research culminated in the publication of An Arizona Aviator in France: The Life of Ernest A. Love, 147th Aero Squadron.  Prescott is an interesting place to live, surrounded by frontier history.

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