|Birth: ||Dec. 16, 1905|
|Death: ||Oct. 31, 2001|
Alpheus Gepthau "Myrl" Brooks Jr. was born December 16, 1905 in Gatesville, Coryell Co., Texas. He was the son of Alpheus Gepthau Brooks Sr. born March 8, 1877 probably in Bullock Co., Alabama and who passed away before Myrl was born March 31, 1905 in Gatesville, Coryell Co., Texas; and Harriett Loa Bullion born July 27, 1874 in Thorp Springs, Hood Co., Texas and who passed away April 2, 1973 in Kingman, Mohave Co., Arizona. Alpheus Gepthau Brooks Jr. legally changed his middle name to Myrl.
After 1905, his mother, Loa, grandmother Columbia Phenix Bullion, and his aunt Ellinette Bullion Butler, traveled via covered wagon to the Animas Valley of New Mexico and homesteaded land. Their land was called the Valley Ranch and was located in the Chiricahua Mountains. On May 10, 1909, his mother Loa, married second Marvin Myrt Maloney in Hachita, County of Grant, Territory of New Mexico.
Myrl had one brother, George Earl Brooks, and two half sisters, Lillian Cloe Maloney and Myrtie Maire Maloney.
Myrl received his eighth graduation certificate from the Middle Animas School, Animas, Hidalgo Co., New Mexico. He later worked as a cowboy on several ranches in the Animas Valley of New Mexico.
In 1925, he moved with his family to Mohave County Arizona.
(See newspaper story below for additional details.)
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Kingman Daily Miner, May 23, 1979
Myrl Brooks recalls his adventures
By Ann Sutton
. . . Myrl was living in New Mexico in 1924 where he worked as a ranch hand when he received word from his brother, George Earl Brooks, that there was a job opening for him at the McCrackin Mine if he came to Arizona. George was at the McCrackin and had worked there for about nine months. Myrl was living in the Animas Valley of New Mexico. His mother, Loa Maloney, and he, as well as his two sisters, Lillian and Maire, moved to the McCackin Mine, living in one of the family houses there.
At first, Myrl worked in the filter room as well as loading ore trucks. The McCrackin mill was a flotation plant.
The McCrackin ore produced lead, silver and zinc. The mine was owned by Charles H. Maxey. Andy Anderson was the superintendent. Donald Neeley later took his place. William H. Munds was the mine foreman. Dan Harper became mine foreman after Munds.
Jeff bland operated the pump station down at Signal, Arizona, which pumped the water needed by the McCrackin mill from the Big Sandy River.
At one point, Myrt Maloney, Myrl's stepfather, and his mother, Loa Maloney came out to the mine to help the family gather wood for the wood burning stove. Myrt had a Model T Truck that they loaded with wood. When they tried to drive the truck loaded with wood back up the steep hill leading to the family residences at the McCrackin, the Model T would not go up the hill. Myrl jumped out and placed a rock under the rear wheel to keep the truck from rolling back. But the rock slipped out from under the tire and the truck started rolling back down the hill, overturning with Myrt and Loa inside. A man by the name of Bladolea helped free the Maloney's. All Myrt could say was, "Is my shotgun hurt?"
After one shift, Myrl was taking a shower at the mine when the main drive shaft that ran the mill broke right over his head. It was impossible to see anything for about 15 minutes because of all the dust in the air. The miners worked around the clock for about 72 hours straight in order the repair the drive shaft.
Lane Cornwall from Wikieup was a friend who also worked at the mine. Lane and Myrl had some good months working together at the mine.
The mine closed down at midnight on July 9, 1925, and the Maloney family moved back to Animas Valley, New Mexico for a few months living in the general store they had purchased after the sale of their ranch. Later Myrt and Myrl moved back to the mine to act as caretakers. Myrl only stayed for a few months but Myrt stayed on as caretaker for a year or more.
Myrl then moved to Kingman, Arizona and went to work at the Stockton Hill mine for several months. After that he worked at the Kaaba Mine at Round Valley for Don Neeley, who was the mill foreman. The superintendent was Olin Little and Arch Seivert was the Assistant Superintendent. Seivert later became the under Sheriff for Mohave County under Sheriff Ernest Grahman.
After leaving the Kaaba Mine, Myrl went to work at the Babbitts Brothers store in Kingman on the corner of 4th and Beale Streets. After working there for about a year, he moved over to the shipping department at the Central Commercial Company that was just across the street from Babbitts.
Later Myrl worked at the Old Trails Garage and the Willis Black service station across the tracks in Kingman. He also worked for the Kingman Bake Shop located in the 300 block of Beale Street in Kingman.
On June 1, 1930 in Kingman, Myrl married a local Kingman school teacher, Mary B. King. With Mary, he moved to Long Beach, California. In 1941, Myrl and Mary divorced. In June 3, 1942 in Las Vegas, Clark Co., Nevada Myrl married Vernia Louise (Allen) Maxwell.
Myrl enlisted in the U. S. Navy as a Fireman First Class in 1942 and was discharged in March 1944. Myrl and Louise moved to Lake Arrowhead, California for a year before returning home to Kingman.
From 1932 until 1935 he operated a truck line called the Gold Road Express from Los Angeles, California to Kingman hauling merchandise from the Coast to Kingman . From 1945 until 1961 he worked as a Deputy Sheriff for Mohave County, Arizona. In 1945 the Sheriff was Frank Porter.
From 1951 through 1976, Myrl also owned and operated Mohave Pest Control and the Kingman Merchant Patrol.
Myrl was a charter member of the Kingman Loyal Order of Moose in 1968. He was their Junior Governor for 1977-1978 and the lodge governor for 1979-1980.
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Louise Brooks passed away in 1986. Myrl married Ruth J. Womack in 1988 in Indian Srpings, Clark Co., Neveda.
Myrl passed away in 2001 and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Kingman.
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Kingman Daily Miner, Sunday, November 4, 2001
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A. Myrl Brooks died Wednesday Oct. 31, 2001 in Kingman. He was 95. He was born Dec. 16, 1905.
Visitation will be held at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home from noon to 1 P.M. Monday Nov. 5, 2001. A funeral service is scheduled at 1 P.M. to be followed by burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Kingman Daily Miner, Sunday, November 4, 2001
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A. Myrl Brooks
A. Myrl Brooks died Wednesday Oct. 31, 2001 at age 95.
He was born December 16, 1905 and lived in Kingman since 1940. Myrl was a fireman first class in the United States Navy, worked for the Mohave County Sherrif's Department and owned Mohave Pest Control.
Myrl had been at Desert Highland Care Center since Dec. 1999. His wife, Ruth Brooks, passed away July 4 of this wife.
He has one sister, Lillian Pattillo, here in Kingman and another Maire Cheney, living in Florida. Some nieces and nephews also live in Kingman.
Myrl was a member of the American Legion Post No. 14 for 55 years and a longtime member of the Moose Lodge and Fraternal Order of Police in Kingman.
Services will be conducted at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home with visitation beginning at noon and the funeral at 1 P.M.Monday Nov. 5, 2001. He will be buried at Mountain View Cemetery.
Myrl's and first wife, Mary B. King, were divorced in about 1941 probably in Long Beach, California.
Myrl's married his second wife, Verna Louise Allen, in 1942 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She passed away February 25, 1986.
Myrl's brother, George Earl Brooks, passed away November 7, 1990.
Alpheus Gepthau Brooks (1877 - 1905)
Harriett Loa Maloney (1874 - 1973)
Vernia Brooks (1904 - 1986)
Ruth J. Womack Brooks (1917 - 2001)*
Mary B. King Waldron (1900 - 1998)*
George Earl Brooks (1900 - 1990)*
Alpheus Gepthau Brooks (1905 - 2001)
Lillian Cloe Maloney Pattillo (1913 - 2004)**
Myrtie Maire Maloney Cheney (1915 - 2009)**
Mountain View Cemetery
Maintained by: Mary Jane Hobbs Pattillo
Originally Created by: Susan Zmrzel
Record added: Dec 27, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23580983