Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
ESSIE MAY POWNALL
Essie May was born on January 14, 1887, in Manchester, Ohio. She married Orville T. Pownall and came to Glendale in 1922 due to her failing health.

In May 1924, they settled in and built the town of Paulden, half-way between Prescott and Ash Fork. There Orville was postmaster and owned and operated the Midway Grocery, Cafe, Service Station, Garage and Tourists' Cabins.

Essie May ran the store from the time of Orville's death in 1938 until 1947. She continued as postmistress in his stead until her retirement in 1957.

The Pownalls had a daughter, Ruth (Mrs. L. B. "Gil" Gilpin) and a son, Paul, who accidentally shot himself in the late 1920s.

The name "Paulden" was derived from the names of the deceased son Paul and his friend Tom Dryden.

Essie May died on January 1, 1970, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Mrs. Sydney Fritche


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