Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Fannie was born April 23, 1867, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Sarah Lloyd and John Fredrick Blandy. With her sister Bessie, Fannie came to Prescott, Arizona Territory, in 1890 to create a home for their recently widowed father, a mining engineer. The trip began on a train and ended on a stagecoach.

The Blandy home in Prescott was at 127 South Mt. Vernon. Fannie became a member of the "10 Old Maids Club." (A photograph of the group is in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives). With her family, she was a founding member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

Also she was an early member of the General George Crook Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, an interest she continued throughout her life. She also belonged to the Colonial Dames and to the Daughters of the American Colonies.

On April 21, 1891, in Prescott, she married William Morgan Claypool, a mining engineer and merchant. Fannie and William had three children: John Blandy, born in Prescott in 1892; William Morgan Jr., born on one of their mining claims in El Paso, Texas, on July 25, 1893; and Frances Boom, born in Prescott December 2, 1895.

In 1911, the Claypool family moved to Needles, California, to open a dry goods store. In the early 1930s, they went to San Bernardino, California, and established the family feed mill.

Fannie is remembered by her granddaughter as a "loving but stern woman who could paralyze you with one look." Fannie spent many years researching her ancestry which, thanks to her efforts, can be traced back well into the 1600s. Her sister, Bessie Blandy, is also represented in the Rose Garden.

Fannie died November 5, 1943, in San Bernardino, where she was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Jane Frances Claypool Johnston

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