Margaret (Wlliams) Ehle


Unknown Unknown 1110-0508-1301.jpg MS-39, Box E, Folder - Ehle, Margaret (Williams) B&W 1110-0508-1301 1110-0508-1301 Photo Card Print 6x9 Historic Photographs October 14, 1902 Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives


Portrait of Margaret "Maggie" (Williams) Ehle.  Photo caption reads "Mrs. Margaret Ehle on her 85th birthday October 14, 1902.  Came to Prescott in 1864."

Margaret "Maggie" (Williams) Ehle (b. 1817 - d. 1905) was born on October 14, 1817, in Ohio, the daughter of Henry and Amy (Beale) Williams. Maggie married William Joseph Ehle (b. 1813 - d. 1912) in Washington County, Iowa, on December 9, 1841. 

Maggie & Joseph accompanied the first U. S. troops to be stationed at Fort Whipple and arrived in Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory, on July 28, 1864.  The Ehles were the proprietors of the Montezuma Hotel on the corner of Montezuma and Willis, and had a house lived next door to the hotel.  In her obituary, written by Sharlot Hall, she was called "a pioneer of the pioneers in Northern Arizona." She brought the first sewing machine, a Grover & Baker machine, and helped women learn dressmaking.  Maggie died of pneumonia on November 5, 1905, and was buried in the Masonic Cemetery. Her husband Joseph died November 30, 1912.


For more information, please see Rose Garden Collection, MS-39 or her Rose Garden biography.


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