Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
CESENEA HOLZSCHU BRECHT

Cesenea "Cenzie" Holzschu Brecht (alternate spelling Cresencia Holzshuh Brecht) was born on November 1, 1856, in Ulm, Germany, and arrived in Prescott with her sister, Mrs. C. A. Luke, on May 22, 1874.

On February 27, 1877 (recorded April 2, 1877), Cenzie married Frederick Gustav Brecht, a blacksmith, in a ceremony presided over by Judge A. Tweed, which took place in her sister's home.

According to the book "Echoes of the Past, Volume II," Frederick Brecht was a carriaage-maker who made "the best mountain buggies" in his wagon shop on Gurley Street next to the Granite Street Bridge. Frederick later became an official of Prescott National Bank.

Cenize was a charter member of the Golden Rule Chapter No. 1, Order of the Eastern Star, and was the Grand Matron of the Arizona Grand Chapter. She was a member of the Methodist-Episcopal Church and lived at 147 Grove Avenue. She had no children. She died on July 15, 1952.

Donor: Mrs. Henry Hartin and Mary d'Aix



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