Mr. Claude Cooper is a native of Cold
Creek, Tennessee and was born on December 20, 1906.
His parents, Charlie and Haster Cooper, sent him to
live with his mother's brother and family in Detroit
when Mr. Cooper was fifteen years old.
Cooper was born on February 25, 1916 in Elizabeth City,
North Carolina to Joshua and Sarah Bass Arthur. Her
family moved to Titustown, Virginia when she was two
years old and she arrived in Detroit at the age of sixteen
to visit one of her older half-sisters and her husband,
and they invited Mrs. Cooper to stay.
graduated from Southeastern High School in 1926 and
immediately entered Detroit City College (later Wayne
University). After a year and a half of study, he transferred
to Detroit Institute of Technology to begin his pharmacy
studies and completed the degree in 1934. He passed
the state licensing exam in 1935.
graduated from Northern High School in 1935 and enrolled
in Wayne University. She met Mr. Cooper when he began
working part-time in the drug store owned and operated
by her brother-in-law, Stuart Toodle, where she worked
at the soda fountain on weekends.
were married in 1936. She enrolled in the pharmacy course
at Detroit Institute of Technology in 1942 and earned
her degree in 1946.
formed a partnership with Boynton A. Milton, M.D. in
1946 and opened a drug store in Inkster, Michigan, which
they operated for five years. Mrs. Cooper worked there
part-time, but decided to work full-time in the Detroit
drug store, Cooper's Drugs, which they had opened in
1946 at the corner of Tireman and Stanford Streets and
operated until the early 1960s.
Mrs. Cooper decided she no longer wanted to pursue a
career in pharmacy and returned to school to earn a
master's degree in education. She retired from the Detroit
Public School system.
meantime, Mr. Cooper worked in the Elias Brothers chain
of drugstores for ten years between 1957 - 1967 and
also the Cunningham chain of drugstores between 1967
- 1982, which included Shapiro Drugs and Kinsel's Drugs.
He retired in 1982.