Rose Garden PhotographsEmily (Muzik) Brinkmeyer was born in Minnesota on December 21, 1880, the daughter of Joseph and Josepha Muzik. Emily is listed as a student living with her parents on the 1895 state census at Hutchinson, McLeod County, Minnesota. She married Frank G. Plummer, a Prescott contractor and builder on July 9, 1900, in Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory. According to the Arizona Republican July 13, 1900: “Mr. Plummer has just completed the erection of the residence intended as a gift to his bride, on Marina street, south, next door to the Bones mansion.” The couple had a son, Paul Ashton Plummer, born on July 27, 1902. Frank died suddenly in November 6, 1904, and was buried in Citizens Cemetery.

She met and married Herman Frederick Brinkmeyer on January 14, 1909. Emily and Herman had two sons: Robert Stanley, born on September 29, 1917, who died at birth, and Herman Frank, born on May 12, 1926. Emily lived with her family first in the Brinkmeyer home at 602 W. Gurley Street. She later bought the property next door on Park Avenue and also owned several rental homes in the same location.

Herman Sr. died after a short illness on June 24, 1949, with the pastor from the First Evangelical Lutheran church officiating at his funeral.  He was buried in the family plot in Mountain View Cemetery.

Emily was an excellent housewife and loving mother. Many examples of her embroidery and tatting handiwork are still cherished by her descendants. She was an active member of the Western Rebekah Lodge No. 9 for fifty years and a Christian Scientist.

She died on February 14, 1958, in Prescott with Dr. Charles Franklin Parker conducting services at the Ruffner chapel.  Emily was buried in the family plot at Mountain View Cemetery.

Her sister, Ina (Muzik) Brinkmeyer, and her two nieces, Marcella Brinkmeyer and Caroline Brinkmeyer, are also represented in the Territorial Women’s Memorial Rose Garden.

Donors: Herman and Cookie Brinkmeyer, May 2005
Photo Located: RGC-MS-39, Box B, F-Brinkmeyer, Emily
Updated: 4/13/2015; D. Sue Kissel