Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden


PAULINE GERHARDT ROSENBLATT TOVREA


Pauline, the first of the six children of Paul Gerhardt and Dora Cordelia (Leach) Rosenblatt, was born on April 1, 1905 in Prescott. She came from a pioneer family. Her maternal grandmother walked behind covered wagons west to Colorado in the 1860’s and later to Arizona. Her father came to Prescott in 1892.

In the 1920s there was always a party at the Rosenblatt’s, with four beautiful and popular daughters. The births to come of another sister and a brother would complete the family. P. G. “Pete” Rosenblatt and his wife Delia opened their house routinely. The girls were musically talented and formed a band together with friends. Individually, they performed at social events throughout Prescott.

Pauline, who was known as “Fritzie” or “Polly” to her family and friends, graduated from Prescott High School in 1923 and the University of Arizona in 1927. She was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon National Music Honorary and Pi Beta Phi Sorority as well as active for many years in Zonta International.

After graduating from college she taught school in Pearce, Arizona. A gifted pianist, she was awarded a scholarship to the Julliard School of Music in New York City. She declined the offer because of her love for and marriage to J. Howard Tovrea on December 28, 1929.

Her husband graduated as an architect and engineer from the University of Arizona. He designed many buildings in Tucson including the Arizona Inn and the Sigma Chi Fraternity House, while employed by Starkweather and Associates. He later designed many buildings and facilities for the U. S. Park Service.

While stationed at Casa Grande National Monument, which was the Southwest Headquarters for the Park Service, Fritzie wrote as a correspondent for the Tucson Daily Star.

Later, when the couple moved to the Panama Canal Zone where Howard was an engineer working to make the canal works bomb proof, Fritzie continued as a journalist for newspapers in Panama and the U.S. When her husband joined the Navy as a CB where he became a Commander serving in the South Pacific, Fritzie returned to the U.S. and worked for the U.S. Weather Bureau and the Park Service at Casa Grande National Monument.

After the war she and Howard moved to Seattle, Washington where they founded the Olympic Blueprint Co. which they owned and operated for twenty-five years until their retirement and return to Carefree and Prescott, Arizona in 1969.

Over the years of their marriage Fritzie and Howard bred, raised and showed Scottish Terriers, German Shorthairs and Polled Hereford. They won many Championship Awards for the quality of their animals. The couple were described as a perfect match: they worked together, hunted, fished, sailed and golfed together. Howard died in 1979 and Fritzie died on June 10, 1994 and her ashes are inurned at Mountain View Cemetery.

Pauline's grandmother, Dora Leach Russell Bubar, her mother, Dora Cordelia Rosenblatt Walker, and sisters Dora Virginia Rosenblatt Heap, Louise Caroline Rosenblatt Lynch and Bertha Louise Rosneblatt Scholey Boone, are also commemorated in the Rose Garden.

Donor: Rosenblatt family members November 2004