Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
Helen Estel Ahlrich was born in Pennsylvania in August 1880 to Leroy Penwarden and Isabell Stevens Penwarden. Helen wed H. Frederick Ahlrich, who was born on July 16, 1874, in Urbana, Illinois.

They were married in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on November 23, 1895, and lived in Illinois for a time, where Mr. Ahlrich was a principal in Ahlrich & Steeb, a foundry that manufactured wood and metal patterns and models.

The couple moved to Prescott, Arizona, around 1909, where H. Frederick continued his foundry business. Public records filed as recorded by The Prescott Title Company show that they purchased property in Miller Valley in Prescott on August 14, 1916.

Helen and Fred had five children: a girl and four boys. Mildred was born in 1897 (estimate), Leroy was born in 1898, Wayne in 1900 (estimate), Frederick in 1901, and Robin in 1902.

During the First World War, Helen and her husband supported the war effort by purchasing war bonds from the Liberty Loan Committee that was active between 1912 and 1919.

Sometime before 1920, the family moved to Los Angeles, California, where H. Frederick passed away in 1931. Widowed, Helen owned and operated a rooming house in Los Angeles.

Later in life, she lived with her daughter, Mildred, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she passed away on April 10, 1954, at the age of 73. At her death, she was grandmother to three grandchildren and great-grandmother to five great-grandchildren.

Her body was transported back to Prescott where she was interred next to her husband in Mountain View Cemetery, where her son Leroy was also buried.

Donors: Mildred (Ahlrich) Sheldon, daughter and Robin C. Ahlrich, son.
Updated by Cynthia Vaughn, Sharlot Hall Museum volunteer November 2013.

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