Orson Pratt Brown and Eliza Skousen Brown's Daughter:
Anna Skousen Brown Petrie Encke
Born: September 26, 1905 in Colonia Morelos, Sonora, Mexico
Died: January 27, 2001 in her home in Tempe, Arizona
Compiled by Lucy Brown Archer
Anna Brown was born as the second child on September 26, 1905 in Colonia Morelos, Sonora, Mexico to Orson Pratt Brown and Eliza Skousen Brown. Eliza was Orson's fourth plural wife. They were married on the 2nd of September 1902 in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Eliza was the daughter of James Jens Niels Skousen and Anna Hansen.
Anna siblings were Gwendolyn Skousen Brown, Otis Pratt Brown, Orson Erastus Brown, Francisco Madero Brown, and Elizabeth Skousen Brown.
Ann lived in the Mormon Colonies in Mexico until she was 7 years old; the Mexican Revolution forced the Mormon colonists out of their homes and land in July 1912.
For the rest of her life, Ann remembered the thunder of hoof beats and the rattling of sabers as the guerrilla army rode past the terrified colonists. (See Strained Relations)
"Long, productive life shows woman of many talents"
by John Stanley
The Arizona Republic
Feb. 11, 2001
In the early days of television, Ann Encke appeared daily on Valley station KOOL-TV as the hostess of Recipe Round-up.
"She was like the Julia Child of the desert," said her son, Steven Petrie of Tempe.
Between the afternoon movies of "Ladies Matinee," hosted by Wally Imes, Encke demonstrated the cooking techniques that led to her success in the restaurant business.
Anna Brown Encke, the dynamic restaurateur and co-developer of the Rosarita Mexican Food Co., died Jan. 27, 2001 of natural causes. The longtime Valley resident was 95.
Encke was born in a small Mormon community in Sonora, Mexico. She was a child when Pancho Villa's revolutionaries swept through the area, forcing all non-Mexican settlers to leave. For the rest of her life, Encke remembered the thunder of hoof beats and the rattling of sabers as the guerrilla army rode past the terrified village children.
Forced to leave nearly all their belongings at the border, the family arrived destitute in El Paso. After a couple of years, they made their way to southern Utah.
After graduating from Millard Academy in Hinckley in 1924, Encke moved to Salt Lake City to work at Western Union, where she typed and delivered telegrams, sometimes on roller skates, to earn college money. But after two years at the University of Utah, her money ran out and she returned to Western Union.
In the 1930s, Encke moved to Iowa and took a job with a local department store. She traveled from town to town in eastern Iowa and western Illinois, setting up fashion shows to sell clothes and furs.
In 1939 she met traveling salesman Alexander "Lex" P. Petrie, whom she married February 4, 1941. They had one son, Steven Lex Petrie born on January 5,1942.
When her mother, Eliza Skousen, who was running Brownie's Steak House in Mesa, fell ill, Encke and her new husband moved to Arizona to help run the business.
But Lex was unhappy in the Valley and, after their divorce in 1942, returned to the Midwest.
In the mid-1940s, Encke opened Rosita's Mexican restaurant on South Macdonald Street in Mesa. About the same time, she and R.G. Scarborough, a former pilot instructor at Williams Field, teamed with Mesa sign painter Pedro "Pete" Guerrero, to form Rosita's Mexican Food Co. Later the name became Rosarita's.
The company started small, making tortillas, tamales and refried beans in the back of the restaurant to sell to local grocery stores. The business quickly outgrew the restaurant and moved to its own quarters.In 1949 she married Martin Encke and changed the name of the steakhouse to Encke's.For years Encke catered the annual policeman's ball in Mesa and sponsored city league baseball teams for kids. Petrie remembers that all the kids wanted to be on his mom's team because she took them out for ice cream after every game.
With so many other irons in the fire, Encke sold her share of Rosarita's in the early 1950s, before the company went public. In 1958 she moved to Show Low and, with a partner, built and operated the Malapai Inn on U.S. 60. Knowing what it was like to be destitute, Encke often fed transients who happened by.
As in Mesa, she immersed herself in civic activities. Seeing the community didn't have a hospital, the tireless and persuasive Encke soon had folks lined up to donate materials or money or labor, sometimes all three.
She even hit up Barry Goldwater at his family's Pinetop cabin, letting him know the area's need and hinting broadly that the hospital, as yet, had no name. In 1960, the Josephine Goldwater Memorial Hospital, a 12-bed facility named after Goldwater's mother, one of the first registered nurses in Arizona, opened.
For her exemplary civic-mindedness, Encke was named Show Low's Woman of the Year in 1963.
Despite her whole-hearted efforts, the Malapai Inn was never a financial success and Encke sold it and returned to the Valley. About the same time, she and Martin divorced and she sold Encke's Steak House.
A skilled seamstress, she went to work at Dodyann's Custom Made Fashions in Scottsdale. Then, at the age of 62, she obtained her real estate license. After a decade in California, Encke moved to Tempe in 1982 and went to work at Robinson's Department Store in Fiesta Mall, selling clothes in the men's department.
"I don't think they're allowed to ask me how old I am," she told her son, "and I'm not about to tell them."
She retired in 1990, at the age of 85.
Encke is survived by her son, Steven Petrie, and his wife Carol Anne Langford Petrie, of Tempe; grandchildren Craig Petrie of Cary, Ill., Ryan Petrie of Chandler, Matthew Petrie of Tempe, Cynthia Gilbert of Temecula, Calif., Jennifer Watkins of Gilbert, and Laura Archibald of Salt Lake City; and 12 great-grandchildren.
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Anna Skousen Brown Petrie Encke
1905 - 2001
Ann Encke 95 years old, of died January 27, 2001 in her Tempe home. Born September 26, 1905 in Colonia Morelos, Sonora, Mexico, she was the daughter of Orson Pratt Brown and Eliza Skousen. She was the founder of Cinderella Foods, and Rosarita Mexican Foods and owned restaurants in Mesa and Show Low, Arizona. In the early days of television in Phoenix, she was the host of the first live cooking show in the valley on Channel 10 as part of the program "Ladies Matinee' with Wally Imes. In Show Low, she was the charter President of the Emblem Club, the Elks Club women's auxiliary, and later became President of the State organization. While living in Show Low, she was the recipient of the first Woman of the Year award from the Chamber of Commerce for her pivotal role in raising funds to build the first hospital in Show Low, the Josephene Goldwater Memorial Hospital.
Anna is survived by her son, Steven L. Petrie and daughter-in-law Carol Anne Langford Petrie; 6 grandchildren, Craig, Ryan and Matthew Petrie, Cynthia Gilbert, Jennifer Watkins, and Laura Archibald; and 12 great-grandchildren. Services Wednesday, January 31, at 10:00 a.m. at the Corona Stake Center of the LDS Church, 1111 E. Knox Road, Tempe, Arizona, with visitation one hour prior to services.
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- Stephen Joseph Abbott of, PA 1804-1843
- Abigail Smith of Williamson, N.Y. 1806-1889
- John Fife of Tulliallan, Scotland 1807-1874
- Mary Meek Nicol, Carseridge, Scotland 1809-1850
- Martha "Mattie" Diana Romney Brown 1870-1943
- Jane "Jennie" Bodily Galbraith Brown 1879-1944
- Elizabeth Graham MacDonald Webb Brown 1874-1904
- Eliza Skousen Brown Abbott Burk 1882-1958
- Angela Maria Gavaldón Brown 1919-1967
ORSON PRATT BROWN'S 35 CHILDREN
- (Martha) Carrie Brown (child) 1888-1890
- (Martha) Orson Pratt Brown, Jr. (child) 1890-1892
- (Martha) Ray Romney Brown 1892-1945
- (Martha) Clyde Romney Brown 1893-1948
- (Martha) Miles Romney Brown 1897-1974
- (Martha) Dewey B. Brown 1898-1954
- (Martha) Vera Brown Foster Liddell Ray 1901-1975
- (Martha) Anthony Morelos Brown 1904-1970
- (Martha) Phoebe Brown Chido Gardiner 1906-1973
- (Martha) Orson Juarez Brown 1908-1981
- (Jane) Ronald Galbraith Brown 1898-1969
- (Jane) Grant "Duke" Galbraith Brown 1899-1992
- (Jane) Martha Elizabeth Brown Leach Moore 1901-1972
- (Jane) Pratt Orson Galbraith Brown 1905-1960
- (Jane) William Galbraith Brown (child) 1905-1912
- (Jane) Thomas Patrick Porfirio Diaz Brown 1907-1978
- (Jane) Emma Jean Galbraith Brown Hamilton 1909-1980
- (Elizabeth) (New born female) Webb 1893-1893
- (Elizabeth) Elizabeth Webb Brown Jones 1895-1982
- (Elizabeth) Marguerite Webb Brown Shill 1897-1991
- (Elizabeth) Donald MacDonald Brown 1902-1971
- (Elizabeth) James Duncan Brown 1904-1943
- (Eliza) Gwen Skousen Brown Erickson Klein 1903-1991
- (Eliza) Anna Skousen Brown Petrie Encke 1905-2001
- (Eliza) Otis Pratt Skousen Brown 1907-1987
- (Eliza) Orson Erastus Skousen Brown (infant) 1909-1910
- (Eliza) Francisco Madera Skousen Brown 1911-1912
- (Eliza) Elizabeth Skousen Brown Howell 1914-1999
- (Angela) Silvestre Gustavo Brown 1919-
- (Angela) Bertha Erma Elizabeth Brown 1922-1979
- (Angela) Pauly Gabaldón Brown 1924-1998
- (Angela) Aaron Aron Saul Brown 1925
- (Angela) Mary Angela Brown Hayden Green 1927
- (Angela) Heber Jedediah Brown (infant) 1936-1936
- (Angela) Martha Gabaldón Brown Gardner 1940
ORSON'S SIBLINGS from MOTHER PHEBE
- Stephen Abbott Brown 1851-1853
- Phoebe Adelaide Brown Snyder 1855-1930
- Cynthia Abigail Fife Layton 1867-1943
- (New born female) Fife 1870-1870
- (Toddler female) Fife 1871-1872
ORSON'S 28 SIBLINGS from JAMES BROWN
- (Martha Stephens) John Martin Brown 1824-1888
- (Martha Stephens) Alexander Brown 1826-1910
- (Martha Stephens) Jesse Stowell Brown 1828-1905
- (Martha Stephens) Nancy Brown Davis Sanford 1830-1895
- (Martha Stephens) Daniel Brown 1832-1864
- (Martha Stephens) James Moorhead Brown 1834-1924
- (Martha Stephens) William Brown 1836-1904
- (Martha Stephens) Benjamin Franklin Brown 1838-1863
- (Martha Stephens) Moroni Brown 1838-1916
- (Susan Foutz) Alma Foutz Brown (infant) 1842-1842
- (Esther Jones) August Brown (infant) 1843-1843
- (Esther Jones) Augusta Brown (infant) 1843-1843
- (Esther Jones) Amasa Lyman Brown (infant) 1845-1845
- (Esther Jones) Alice D. Brown Leech 1846-1865
- (Esther Jones) Esther Ellen Brown Dee 1849-1893
- (Sarah Steadwell) James Harvey Brown 1846-1912
- (Mary McRee) George David Black 1841-1913
- (Mary McRee) Mary Eliza Brown Critchlow1847-1903
- (Mary McRee) Margaret Brown 1849-1855
- (Mary McRee) Mary Brown Edwards Leonard 1852-1930
- (Mary McRee) Joseph Smith Brown 1856-1903
- (Mary McRee) Josephine Vilate Brown Newman 1858-1917
- (Phebe Abbott) Stephen Abbott Brown (child) 1851-1853
- (Phebe Abbott) Phoebe Adelaide Brown 1855-1930
- (Cecelia Cornu) Charles David Brown 1856-1926
- (Cecelia Cornu) James Fredrick Brown 1859-1923
- (Lavinia Mitchell) Sarah Brown c. 1857-
- (Lavinia Mitchell) Augustus Hezekiah Brown c. 1859
ORSON'S 17 SIBLINGS from STEPFATHER FIFE
- (Diane Davis) Sarah Jane Fife White 1855-1932
- (Diane Davis) William Wilson Fife 1857-1897
- (Diane Davis) Diana Fife Farr 1859-1904
- (Diane Davis) John Daniel Fife 1863-1944
- (Diane Davis) Walter Thompson Fife 1866-1827
- (Diane Davis) Agnes Ann "Aggie" Fife 1869-1891
- (Diane Davis ) Emma Fife (child) 1871-1874
- (Diane Davis) Robert Nicol Fife (infant) 1873-1874
- (Diane Davis) Barnard Fife (infant) 1881-1881
- (Cynthia Abbott) Mary Lucina Fife Hutchins 1868-1950
- (Cynthia Abbott) Child Fife (infant) 1869-1869
- (Cynthia Abbott) David Nicol Fife 1871-1924
- (Cynthia Abbott) Joseph Stephen Fife (child) 1873-1878
- (Cynthia Abbott) James Abbott Fife (infant) 1877-1878
ORSON PRATT BROWN'S IN-LAWS
- (Diana) Caroline Lambourne 18461979
- (Diana) Miles Park Romney 1843-1904
- (Jane) Emma Sarah Bodily 1858-1935
- (Jane) William Wilkie Galbraith 1838-1898
- (Elizabeth) Alexander F. Macdonald 1825-1903
- (Elizabeth) Elizabeth Atkinson 1841-1922
- (Eliza) Anne Kirstine Hansen 1845-1916
- (Eliza) James Niels Skousen 1828-1912
- (Angela) Maria Durán de Holguin 1876-1955
- (Angela) José Tomás Gabaldón 1874-1915
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