Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Marcella, daughter of Henry and Ina Muzik Brinkmeyer, was born in Prescott, A.T., on July 3, 1897. Henry Brinkmeyer was a baker and prominent businessman in Prescott. At the time of Marcella’s birth, the family was living in her father’s hotel on North Montezuma Street.

It is rumored that friends convinced Henry that it was unseemly to be raising a family in such close proximity to the carryings-on of Whiskey Row, so Henry bought a lot in Fleury’s Addition. That property was considered to be far from town at the end of the streetcar line. The impressive 20th century transitional home at 605 West Gurley Street was completed in 1899 and remains one of today’s famous city landmarks.

Marcella attended Prescott schools and graduated from the University of California with honors in 1918. Upon graduation, she enlisted in the Cadet Nurses Corps, but the armistice of World War I was signed before she was called to duty. So she returned to Berkeley and earned a teacher’s certificate.

She taught elementary school in Clarkdale, Arizona, and served as a substitute high school teacher in that town until she moved to Phoenix, ASrizona, where she taught at Creighton School. After a year in Phoenix, she moved to Prescott, where she taught at the Junior High School for a while then moved to Prescott Senior High School and taught history and economics until her retirement in 1938.

Dixon Fagerberg, Jr. recalls in his book MEETING THE FOUR O'CLOCK TRAIN, "Just as ours was one of the last Latin classes taught at PHS, our senior class course in economics was the first. It was ably taught by Marcella Brinkmeyer. The subject intrigued me, and it became my major in college."

Marcella was a member of the Golden Rule Chapter No. 1 Order of Eastern Star and Delta Zeta social sorority and a member of the Methodist Church. In 1977, the Prescott High School class of 1927 voted her “favorite teacher” at their 50th class reunion. “Marcella was always fond of the students in that class,” recalled her sister Caroline.

Marcella and her younger sister Caroline, who is also represented in the Rose Garden, lived in the family house built by their father all of their adult lives.

Marcella died in the Prescott Community Hospital on February 9, 1963. Services were held in the Ruffner Funeral Home with the Reverend Joseph McShane and members of the Golden Rule Chapter No.1, O.E.S. officiating. She was interred at the Mountain View Mausoleum.

Donor: Janet W. Hilton
July 2004

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