Hattie Ferrin Solomon, 1st Jewish Girl Born, Educated & Wed in Tucson

Hattie Ferrin Solomon

Hattie Ferrin in 1898, #WS1262

Hattie Ferrin in 1898,

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Hattie Ferrin was born in Tucson, Arizona in 1879.

She was the first Jewish girl born in Tucson.

Hattie Ferrin graduated University of Arizona in 1898  with a BS from the School of Mines: the only degree available at the time



In 1898 & 1899, Hattie Ferrin taught, public school, in Sochiel, Arizona;

From 1899-1901, she taught in the public schools in Tucson.

From 1901 to 1905, Hattie Ferrin was a teacher in the Preparatory Department of the University of Arizona.


Years later, in the 1940s and 1950s, Hattie owned a dress shop



Hattie Ferrin Solomon was a founder of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.



Hattie Ferrin Solomon was active in the University of Arizona Alumni Association.



Hattie Ferrin Solomon, 1960, #WS1960

Hattie Ferrin Solomon, 1960,

In 1909, Hattie Ferrin married Charles F. Solomon, son of Isadore, E. Solomon for whom Solomonville was named.

Charles Solomon was a banker.



Together they had four children; Elkan, Adolf, Ferrin Louis, and Therese Anne.


After the death of her husband, Hattie Ferrin Solomon moved to Buena Park in Southern California,  to be with her daughter.


Hattie Ferrin Solomon passed away in 1967


Notable Quotes

“Minnie Eastbrook came to Tucson in 1914 with the purpose of providing moral and financial protection for the Indian girls who worked in the homes of white families.

“McQuigg’s lack of support virtually compelled Eastbrook to rely on the assistance of the white women of Tucson for her project, privileged women who did not find her or her ideas threatening. –’the ladies of Tucson who realize that better morals mean better maids,’  as she put it. 

“One woman in particular had given Estabrook much encouragement, a Mrs. Solomon, who “recently offered me the use of her beautiful home in which to entertain the young Indians, saying at the same time she thinks the other ladies will follow her lead.”

–Matrons and Maids


More information can be found in the following issue of Western States Jewish History:

  • Solomon, Hattie Ferrin; First Jewish Girl Born, Educated and Married in Tucson, Arizona; 12/2


  • Jewish Women Pioneering the Frontier Trail: A History in the American West, by Jeanne E. Abrams NYU Press.
  • Matrons and Maids: Regulating Indian Domestic Service in Tucson, 1914–1934, by Victoria K. Haskins.


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Regina Merwin is the Curator for this Hattie Ferrin Solomon Exhibit.