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About Molly Butler (1877-1964)
Molly Butler was truly the stuff of legends—hardy, independent and self-reliant with abounding faith in herself, and a spunky enthusiasm for frontier life that was both endearing and contagious.
Born August 21, 1877 as Mary Ann Wiltbank, Molly Butler, or “Aunt Molly” as she came to be known far and wide, was a kindhearted, no-nonsense pioneer hostess to three generations of ranchers, woodcutters, fisherman and outdoors man who roamed Arizona’s breathtaking White Mountains.
In 1883, when Molly was still a young girl, she and her family traveled three weeks by covered wagon from Utah to the breathtaking White Mountains in the Arizona Territory. At one point on their expedition, the route was so hazardous that Molly’s father had to ask her to drive the team of horses while he and the other men weighted the wagon. Yes, even at six years of age, one could see the determination and spirit in her!
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