The First Graduating Class, 1895
Mercedes Anna Shibell
Mercedes Shibell entered the University as a freshman (matriculation no. 5) in 1891 at the age of 15. Married and widowed twice, she became an early career woman. She studied domestic science in San Francisco and worked for the Y.W.C.A. in food management for a period of 35 years. Her work took her to France for two years during World War I, and later to South America. In 1960 she was honored at the University's 75th Anniversity. She died in Tucson, September 14, 1965 at the age of 90.
Charles Oma Rouse
Born in Missouri, arriving in Arizona in 1885, son of an Associate Justice of the U.S. District Court in Florence, Rouse entered the University as a freshman (matriculation no. 4) in 1891 at the age of 14 1/2. After graduation he served as president of the Alumni Association from 1900-1905, and was Pima Country School Superintendent at the time of his death, August 30, 1906.
Mary Flint Walker
Mary Walker was born in Glasgow, Scotland, from which her family emigrated. Her family came to Arizona when her father, Mark Walker, took the position of foreman and Assistant Horticulturalist at the University in 1891. Mary entered the freshman class (matriculation no. 6) and as our first foreign student in 1891 at the age of 17. After graduation she taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Benson, Arizona. She died on February 3rd, 1968 at the age of 93.