Melvina Munds was daughter of William and Sarah Munds who left Oregon for the Verde Valley in Arizona in about 1876 with a herd of cattle. They had some sons (John and James and Neal I think) and I think it was James that homesteaded Munds Park to the west of I-17. He was married to Harriet A. Loy. Myron and Melvina Munds had a summer home at Munds Park just to the east of where I-17 climbs out of the Park and into the trees heading south and crosses Munds Canyon. There used to be a bunch of aspen or other poplars where their cabin was supposed to have been. In those days people traveled to avoid the harsher aspects of the seasons -there was malaria down in the valley during the summer- so the Carriers like many others had a summer place in the high country.
One day (1890's) James Munds was riding back from his work at Munds Park and as he attempted to open the gate behind the big rock barn (without dismounting from his horse which is a neat trick but can be done, preferably without firearms around) his gun went off and fatally wounded him. Dr. Carrier was in Jerome that day where he practiced medicine and William Loy (Harriet's brother and Carrier's son in law) must have been at Munds Park that day because he went and brought Carrier back. But it was a gunshot woulnd to the head and there was nothing that could be done.
Another of the Munds boys, Neal, was killed after being thrown off of a horse. The only one of the boys that survived as long as he should have was John I think. He was Sheriff in Yavapai. The family of James Munds and maybe some of the Carriers are or were buried in a little cemetery just to the north of the Service station on a little hill next to present day Pinewood.
After James' death Hattie had her brother John Loy come and farm wheat and potatoes. He expanded the holding by further homesteading and built an earthen dam (just south of I-17) for irrigation. Hattie Loy Munds lived until after World War II (My Aunt remembers her in her last years) and had a couple of children who carry on the Munds line. Munds Park briefly left the Munds/Loy family in the early part of the 20th century until it was reacquired by Edward Loy, James and Hattie Munds' nephew and William Loy's son and in which family it remains to a large extent to this day.
In the 1950's the ranch house and barn were used by highway construction personnel in the building of the first part of I-17. That highway replaced the old road that had come up Rattlesnake Canyon from the Verde Valley and divided the Park pretty much along the line between the old Carrier and Munds properties. The Old Carrier place plus considerable other unrelated acreage went to form the modern community of Pinewood.
Carrier had two daughters by his previous marriage to Elizabeth Williams and one of them, Eleanor, married the William Loy mentioned above. The other married Dr. Hawkins the dentist in Jerome. Dr. Carrier and Melvina Munds apparently had a number of children, but times were hard for children and all but one daughter died; Francis Carrier who went to California and had a family there. I think Melvina Munds may have gone to live with her after Myron Carrier died. My great grandmother Eleanor Carrier apparently kept in some kind of touch with her step mother and half sister until she died in the Verde Valley in 1945.
Melvina's father was a very industrous fellow and his activities were not limited to ranching but he was also a merchant (as some of the bigger ranching families like the Wingfields also were) and also engaged in mining meaning I think that he hired people to dig in promising looking places that left Mingus Mountain and points south looking like a very hazardous version of Swiss cheese after the 1880's until some late 19th century economic fluctuation drove everybody out of searching for gold. There used to be a big town right up on the face of Mingus mountain (McMillan I think) and if you take the Copper Chief/Allen Springs road you still can pass by the ruins of the smelter.
I believe William Munds was more successful in commerce and he was active up in Jerome. Jerome was a company town at first and I think a man named Hull was anxious to keep the citizens from too much civic intiative in what he very practically regarded as a company concern. Apparently when Hull was on a trip somewhere Munds rounded everybody up and got the town incorporated. This was not as hard as it sounds because Munds had a number of friends and kin in Prescott (son John Munds was sheriff and in-law James Loy was county attorney though I am not sure either of these was early enough to help him against Hull). Munds was first mayor and Hull came back very upset about it but decided if you can't lick them join them so Hull became second mayor (this is all my from memory retelling of the bit from the "Ghosts of Cleopatra Hill"). As far as I know the Munds family has survived through its daughters and is now represented by the Benedicts and some of the Wingfields and their relations who are now numerous.
Not so many years ago my father ranched at Munds Park and south to Munds Canyon. I spent many a summer at Munds Park and will always remember it fondly.
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