Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Ethel was born August 16, 1881, in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, to Samuel Christy (Chris) and Alice Robertson. Her parents traveled by wagon train from St. Joseph, Missouri, via Leadville, Colorado, hauling mining machinery. They arrived in Tombstone on Christmas Day, 1880, and were residents of Cochise County the remainder of their lives.

Ethel was born the eldest of five children: Edith, born September 17, 1884; Ralph, born April 13, 1886; Olive, born June 22, 1888; and Curtice, born June 22, 1893. At age of 18, Ethel was responsible for the family when her father was murdered in the nearby mining town of Pearce, Her mother had died three years before.

In 1904, Ethel married James H. (Bert) Macia, superintendent of the Consolidated Mines in Tombstone. They had two daughters: Iris (Mrs. Adolph Siek) and Jeanne (Mrs. Burton Devere) and a son Col. J. H. Macia, Jr., who was a veteran of the Doolittle Raid over Tokyo in World War II.

For many years Ethel and Bert Macia owned and operated the Rose Tree Inn, named for the “world’s largest rose tree,” which still enjoys a measure of fame. It is now the family home of the Devere family.

Ethel was active in many organizations, earning the title “First Lady of Tombstone.” She was a member of the Arizona Pioneer Historical Society, Tombstone Restoration Commission, Arizona Children’s Home in Tucson, and the Arizona Federation of Women’s Clubs. She was a lifelong member of historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, serving as treasurer. Her memoirs are in the Western Collection of The University of Arizona.

Ethel died on August 3, 1964, at the age of 83, having lived her entire life in Tombstone where she was buried.

Ethel’s sisters, Edith Alice Robertson Barr Macia and Olive Christina Robertson Hood, are also commemorated in the Rose Garden.

Donor: Betty Newell, niece
August 2008

Additional documentation and photographs may be available in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives and Library.