Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
Claire was born on February 7, 1900, on Humbug Creek in Columbia, Arizona, one of 12 children of Charles and Elizabeth Lee Champie. A true Arizona pioneer cowgirl, Claire was also a mining expert, beekeeper, silversmith, artist, seamstress, taxidermist, lion hunter and a great cook.

In 1920, she married rancher-farmer Fred James Cordes in Prescott, and they had three children: Wayne Lee (July 6, 1932); Clairann Cordes Allen (March 3, 1936); and Martha Cordes Peterson (August 30, 1921). Claire lived in Castle Hot Springs, Cleator (Turkey Creek), Bumble Bee and in the Arizona Pioneers' Home.

Claire wrote a weekly column for an Arizona newspaper and published a book of stories entitled "Ranch Trails and Short Tales." She belonged to the Arizona Farm Bureau and served as its State Women's President. She was named their Woman of the Year. She was also a member of the Yavapai Cattle Growers Association.

Claire died August 24, 1996, and services were held at St Luke's Episcopal Church to which she belonged. She is buried at Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale, Arizona. Her mother Elizabeth Champie is also represented in the Rose Garden.

DONOR: Clairann Cordes Allen
May 9, 1996

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