|Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden|
INA A. MUZIK BRINKMEYER
Ina was born on Christmas Day 1869 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Josefa Muzik. She came from Minnesota to Los Angeles, California, in 1890 with girl friends to work in a boarding house. However, they heard that things were booming in Prescott, Arizona, and so they came to work in a restaurant.
She met Henry Brinkmeyer in Prescott, and they were married on April 11, 1891. Ina, a fine seamstress, made all the sheets for the Brinkmeyer Hotel. She and Henry kept the books together. At the end of each month they sat at the dining room table balancing accounts, and their children were often part of their discussions.
On January 1, 1892, Ina had twin daughters. Baby Ina died on May 22, 1892, at four months of age, and Iva, who died on July 8, 1892, at six months of age the cause being “the summer complaint” or diarrhea. On February 2, 1895, Ina had Henry, Jr.; then Marcella Ester born on July 3, 1897; and Caroline Emily, born on April 16, 1901.
Around the dining table, which is still in use in the beautiful transitional home at 605 West Gurley Street, Ina supervised the childrens' homework. She read to them practically every night and encouraged their studies. She made hats, shoes and beautiful clothing for the girls' dolls.
The family took part in many picnics and drives in the horse and buggy out Williamson Valley Road and to the American Ranch even after the automobile came to Prescott.
Before the completion of the Gurley Street house, Ina and her family lived on Montezuma Street where all the children except Caroline were born. The Gurley Street location at the end of the streetcar line was a better place to raise her active children than Whiskey Row.
Ina attended all the school functions and encouraged the participation by the children in school social activities.
During World Was I, she read in an article about the need for engineers. She wrote to Senator Henry Ashurst about Henry Jr., who had just graduated from Leland Stanford University. Senator Ashurst appointed Henry Jr. to one of the cadet positions at one of the military academies.
The radio Ina listened to faithfully, along with other furnishings selected by Ina, still remain in the Prescott home and have been well cared for through the years since her death. The house remains in the hands of the family and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
Ina taught Sunday school both at the Methodist and the Christian Science churches. She was an active member of the Western Star Rebekah Lodge, N. 9 Golden Rule Chapter No. 1, Order of the Eastern Star.
Ina died in Prescott on New Year's Eve, December 31, 1947, and was interred in the mausoleum at Mountain View Cemetery in Prescott. Her daughters Marcella and Caroline and her sister Emily Muzik Brinkmeyer are also represented in the Rose Garden.
Donors: Herman and Cookie Brinkmeyer
|Additional documentation and photographs may be available in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives and Library.|