Hattie Ferrin Solomon: First 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.

She graduated University of Arizona in 1898  with a BS from the School of Mines, the only degree available at the time.



In 1898 and 1899, Hattie Ferrin taught public school in Lochiel, Arizona.

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

From 1901 to 1905, she 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.



Solomon was active in the University of Arizona Alumni Association.



Hattie Ferrin Solomon, 1960, #WS1960

Hattie Ferrin Solomon, 1960,

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



Together, Hattie and Charles 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 Quote

“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 Eastbrook 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.'”

Victoria K. Haskins, Matrons and Maids: Regulating Indian Domestic Service in Tucson, 1914–1934 (University of Arizona Press, 2012)



  • “Hattie Ferrin Solomon: First Jewish Girl Born, Educated and Married in Tucson,” Western States Jewish Historical Quarterly 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, University of Arizona Press.

Regina Merwin is the curator for this Hattie Ferrin Solomon exhibit.