Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
CLAY HENSHAW BOWERS
Clay was born September 3, 1876, the daughter of Albert Laurence and Sophia Craig Rohrer, in Summit Springs, California. The family came to Arizona in 1879. She married Edward Franklin Bowers, Jr. on October 16, 1901, in Phoenix, A.T. The couple lived in Prescott from 1911 to 1921.

Clay's husband was a Yavapai County undersheriff who was murdered in 1921. An 1899 graduate of Tempe Normal School, Clay taught at Arizona schools in Walnut Grove, Flagstaff, Holbrook, Tuba City, and for 30 years at Riverside School in Phoenix. She was a member of the Arizona Pioneers' Association, Rebekah Lodge, Order of the Eastern Star and a Christian Scientist.

She had four children: Mary and Virginia (twins), Mildred, and Franklin. She died on May 8, 1950, and was buried in the Masonic Cemetery.

Donor: Mrs. R. Merritt


Additional documentation and photographs may be available in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives and Library.