Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Louise, daughter of Ann and George Lebsch Sr., was born on May 23, 1906, in Camp Verde, Arizona. She met Henry Herman Oscar Brinkmeter, Jr. while working as a beautician next door to the Brinkmeyer Hotel. “He used to bring me a bowl of soup for lunch just about every day,” Louise was quoted as saying, “You know, I never paid for even one bowl of soup.”

After the First World War, Henry Jr., returned to Prescott and went into business with his father. Louise and Henry Jr. were married on October 23, 1930, in Flagstaff, Arizona. The couple had no children.

Louise was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and the Golden Rule Chapter #1, Order of the Eastern Star. She and her sister-in-law, Caroline, enjoyed traveling and took many trips together.

When Henry, Jr. died in 1957, Louise took over the running of the Brinkmeyer Hotel. In 1962, she decided to close the hotel and renovate the building into modern office spaces and have an elevator installed. Louise informed the newspaper that the renovation would be a credit to the city when it was completed. “I’m too young to give up and too old to run a hotel” she said.

Louise moved to Wickenburg in the 1970s. She also lived in Black Canyon City for a while before returning to Prescott, where she lived in Samaritan Village.

Louise died on June 27, 1980, in Prescott and was buried at Mountain View Cemetery.

Louise’s mother-in-law, Ina Muzik Brinkmeyer, sisters-in-law, Caroline Emily and Marcella Brinkmeyer, and her husband’s aunt, Emily Muzik Brinkmeyer, are also commemorated in the Rose Garden.

Donor: Janet Hilton and Herman and Cookie Brinkmeyer
April 2006

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