Theodore Carlton (T.C.) Schnebly
Sedona is one of the most beautiful places in Arizona, if not the world, and you can thank Amanda Miller's mother (and the Postmaster General) that it's name is just as beautiful.
When Theodore Carlton (T.C.) Schnebly was asked to name the small settlement now know as Sedona when petitioning for a post office, his first choices were: Oak Creek Crossing and Schnebly Station. Now, Oak Creek Crossing isn't bad, but Schnebly Station?
Back in 1899, T.C. Schnebly and his wife Sedona Miller Schnebly came to the area now known as Sedona. They were a young couple from Gorin Missouri. He was joining his brother Ellsworth who had moved there for health reasons.
When T.C. gave the Postmaster his name suggestions, the Postmaster rejected them for having too many letters. His brother Ellsworth then suggested they name it after T.C.'s wife, Sedona. The Postmaster approved and in 1902, Sedona had its post office!
But what does Sedona mean? Is it Spanish or Native American? Nope. It came from the imagination of a Dutch woman in Missouri. In 1877, Amanda Miller just came up with the name "Sedona" for her newborn daughter because it sounded pretty. Wow, she hit the nail on the head with that one! I wonder if she ever got to see the place that was named after her daughter?
T.C. was an entrepreneur. He owned eighty acres, operated a small general store and a hotel out of his home. His home was situated near the current shopping center of Tlaquepaque.
T.C. and Sedona died in 1950's, but they will forever be linked to this wonderfully beautiful area.