Rose Garden PhotographsSarah Agnes (Lange) Eckert was born March 25, 1890, in a tent home at Globe, Pinal County, Arizona Territory, the daughter of Mary Elizabeth (Larremore) and Otto Augustus Lange. She was the eldest of the Lange children and helped her mother raise her nine brothers and sisters.

The Lange family moved to Yavapai County, Arizona Territory, before 1900.  Sarah attended school in Humboldt, Dewey and Groom Creek prior to studying at Prescott Business College.  She lived in Yeager Canyon on the Sanders Ranch (where Prescott Country Club is today), and on the GJ Ranch near Paulden. In November 1910 the Weekly Journal-Miner carried an article: “Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Lange will leave today for Llano County, Texas accompanied by their daughters, the Misses Sarah and Mary Lange, and their sons, Arthur, Walter, John and Charley Lange, intending to be absent for several months.  Mr. Lange disposed of his cattle interests a few days ago to W. V. Radley, and intends to return to this section later to engage in the live stock business again.  This is his first trip to his former home in a quarter of a century.” 

On June 29, 1912, Sarah married miner Clarence Edwin Eckert. Early in their marriage, they lived on the P. Bar Ranch, south of Groom Creek. Sarah and Clarence had five children:  Lenora Ellen Bronson, born April 29, 1913; Otto Edwin, born May 3, 1915; Kenneth Lange, born May 22, 1922; Stephen Charles, born October 8, 1926 and died December 21, 1927; and Betty Jo, born July 30, 1930. For many years they lived at 324 N. Virginia Street.

In addition to being a mother and housewife, Sarah also helped her father with his business records and taxes. She was a Christian Scientist, a member of the Rebecca Lodge, and active at state and national levels of the Women of the Moose Lodge.

Sarah served during World War II as a grey lady at Fort Whipple. She died March 26, 1953, at the Moose Hall on N. Alarcon Street and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Prescott.  Sarah’s mother, Mary E. (Larremore) Lange, is also represented in the Territorial Women’s Memorial Rose Garden.

Donor: Eckert Family
Photo Located: RGC MS-39, Box E, F-Eckert, Sarah
Updated: 11/4/2015, D. Sue Kissel