The Yavapai County Supervisors will join with members of the Yavapai Cemetery Association today, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. at Citizens Cemetery, 815 E. Sheldon St., for a Gravestone Dedication and Commemoration Ceremony for former County Supervisor Gideon Brooke. The public is invited.
Gideon Brooke was buried in an unmarked grave in Citizens Cemetery in November 1881. He served on the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors from July 15, 1870, through December 1873, and again from 1877-1878. In addition to serving on the BOS, he was a member of the 8th Territorial Legislature in 1875 and was a local business owner.
In September this year, the Yavapai Cemetery Association requested and received $250 from the supervisors for a grave marker.
Three years ago, YCA began a Marker Placement Program in which members researched the names and plot locations of pioneers interred in unmarked graves.
“The goal of YCA is to place a marker at as many unmarked graves as possible. As a result of this program, over 100 grave markers have been purchased and placed in the past three years,” they told the supervisors in September.The Prescott Corral of Westerners International funded the nearby gravestone of Jacob Linn.
Linn was a member of the Walker Party, a group of about 25 prospectors who arrived in the Prescott area in the spring of 1863 prior to any Anglo settlement in Central Arizona. They were under the leadership of the renowned mountain man and guide, Joseph Walker.
YCA member Judy Branson performed the research on both men, discovering their community positions and relation as business partners. Members from YCA and the Prescott Corral of Westerners International will speak at the side-by-side gravesites in commemoration of the lives of these early Prescott pioneers.