Leva and Elda Walker as teenagers


Leva and Elda Walker as teenagers


Elda (left) and Leva (right) Walker, sitting outdoors surrounded by ferns. These sisters were the daughters of Levi C. and Belle Putman Walker. Their paternal grandparents were the former missionaries Elkanah and Mary Richardson Walker. Born in 1877 and 1878, they were most likely the first women from Forest Grove to earn a doctoral degree, Elda from the University of Nebraska and Leva from Cornell University. Both Doctorates were in Biology. The sisters taught together at the University of Nebraska and lived together until their deaths in 1970 and 1971. This photograph was likely taken in Oregon in the early 1890s when they were in their mid-teens. The setting among ferns may reflect an early interest in botany.
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circa 1890s


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