|Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden|
CAROLINE EMILY BRINKMEYER
Caroline was born on April 16, 1901, in the new house on the corner of West Gurley and Park Avenue, the daughter of Henry and Ina Muzik Brinkmeyer. Caroline, who was named for her father's German mother, was the youngest of the Brinkmeyer children. Her older brother was Henry, Jr., and her older sister Marcella. She attended the first few grades and kindergarten at Washington School, the 4th grade at the newly built Lincoln School, and then went back to Washington School before Prescott High School, where she was graduated in 1918.
She received a B.A. degree and a certificate in secondary education from the University of California at Berkley. While in college, Caroline stayed in a club called Norroena that later became Delta Zeta. Before returning to Prescott, Caroline taught in Simi Valley High School in Ventura, California, for four years. The Superintendent of Prescott Schools, Mr. Martin, notified her of a vacancy to teach English. Caroline returned to her alma mater Prescott High School and taught there until 1941, when she retired to take care of her father.
Caroline tutored a young immigrant from Austria, using the Sears catalog to help him learn English and was rewarded when that young man, Dr. Henry Koffler, became the President of The University of Arizona in Tucson. Dr. Koffler credited his "eventual accomplishments" to "her generous help and personal attention and encouragement."
Caroline was active during her retirement as a member of the Prescott United Methodist Church and the Golden Rule Chapter No. 1 Order of Eastern Star. She loved caring for her garden and canned the fruit from it. She gave many scholarships to further the education of the young people in this community.
She lived alone in the lovely two-story home after the death of her sister, Marcella, and distained using a housekeeper or a gardener. She did use a power mower, however. The house contains much of the original furniture placed there by her father, a prominent hotel owner and baker, from the time of his arrival in Arizona Territory in 1887. Caroline's birthplace is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
Caroline's Nash Rambler, more than 20 years old, was kept in the garage behind the house. She traveled to Australia, Africa, South America, Europe and Alaska on separate occasions and in 1966 took a three-month trip around the world.
Caroline died at age 95, on February 5,1997, and was interred at Mountain View Mausoleum.
Donor: Sharlot Hall Historical Association Board of Trustees, 1997
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