Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
ETHELDA H. LEROY TRENBERTH
Ethelda was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1880. Her mother died when she was a small child, and she was cared for and educated in a convent. Her father was in the lumber business and took her on trips when he could. She was acquainted with life in the best hotels.

After the death of her father, Ethelda was adopted by a Richards family and moved to the Yukon, living in Dawson during the Alaska gold rush. The Richards adopted another girl, Grace Walker, who developed tuberculosis. Grace and Ethelda came to Prescott in 1906 for Grace's health. Grace died in Prescott, but by this time Ethelda had met Jack Trenberth, a young Englishman, and they were married.

The Trenberth's home at 614 Glendale Ave. just off Park Ave. had all the refinements of the time: beautiful hand-embroidered linens, sterling silver flatware, crystal, and a collection of Indian rugs, one of which was made of wool from their own sheep. Jack had been in the sheep business with Tony Johns.

Ethelda closed her home in Prescott in 1931 after the failure of her husband's business during the Depression. She separated from Jack and operated the Belmont Hotel in Wickenburg and later became the owner of the Kimball Hotel in Phoenix.

Ethelda died January 23, 1950, in the Kimball Hotel and was buried in the Roach family plot in Glendale, Arizona.

Donor: Lela Roach


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