Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Katherine was born November 17, 1857, in Yolo City, California, daughter of Catherine McClelland and William Henry McGrew. She graduated first class from San Jose Normal School (now San Jose State) and came to Prescott in 1883 or 1884.

On March 31, 1885, she married Josiah Nevada Piper, a school teacher, in Prescott. Kate and Josiah had five children: Merle Bently, 1886 - 1920; Will Bruce, 1888 - 1956; Marvin McGrew, 1892 - 1942; and twins Mina Baird Piper, 1896 - 1896 and Minnie Baird Piper, 1896 - 1965.

Kate was an early pioneer school teacher who taught in the rural areas around Prescott. She and her husband were also team teachers at Camp Verde in 1897.

During their married life, the Pipers lived in Prescott and Groom Creek in 1888, in Camp Verde in 1897, and in Phoenix and Buckeye from 1930 to 1940. Kate was an active member of the Methodist Church.

Kate died on April 10, 1940, and was buried in Mt. View Cemetery in Prescott.

Donor: Glenna Dunning
May 1999

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