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The Ehle Family and the Montezuma Hotel

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, July 6, 2010
1. The Ehle Family and the Montezuma Hotel Marker
Inscription. Joseph and Margaret Ehle arrived in Prescott, Arizona Territory, on July 13, 1864 with their children, John Henry, Mary Jane, Amy E., Olive Joan, Sarah F. and Margaret Viola. Mr. Ehle helped to build the log Governor's Mansion (now part of Sharlot Hall Museum). The Ehle were the first settlers in the area to have domesticated honeybees and chickens, and Mrs. Ehle's yellow cat was worth her weight in gold, as her kittens sold for an ounce of gold, over twenty dollars apiece. Mrs. Ehle, known as "Grandmother Ehle", also brought the first sewing machine to Prescott. Their daughter, Mary Jane, was Prescott's first bride, marrying John Dickson at the Governor's Mansion with Governor Goodwin officiating.

The Ehles built a log house at the southwest corner of Goodwin and Marina Streets. In the fall of 1868, they opened the Montezuma Hotel at the northwest corner of Willis and Montezuma streets where the Coronado Apartments, which were apparently built between 1910 and 1924, are today. The Arizona Miner reported on October 10, 1868 that "[t]his hotel is now in full blast and is crowded with guests. Mr. Ehle sets a first-class table." By 1869, they had built a residence next door at 214 North Montezuma Street. The house presently at this location was built between 1890 and 1895. Mrs. Ehle died there in 1905. Joseph Ehle died in 1912
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By Bill Kirchner, July 6, 2010
2. The Ehle Family and the Montezuma Hotel Marker
in California at the age of 98. Both are buried at the Masonic Cemetery in Prescott.
 
Erected by The City of Prescott and Ehle Family Descendants.
 
Location. 34° 32.645′ N, 112° 28.215′ W. Marker is in Prescott, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Marker is at the intersection of North Montezuma Street and West Willis Street, on the left when traveling north on North Montezuma Street. Click for map. Marker is on northwest corner of Montezuma ans Willis Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Prescott AZ 86301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. J. I. Gardner Store (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Santa Fe Depot (about 600 feet away); Head Hotel (about 700 feet away); Bashford Burmister Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Rectory (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Mulvenon Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hotel St. Michael (approx. 0.2 miles away); Prescott (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Prescott.
 
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By Bill Kirchner, July 6, 2010
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 601 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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