Leva and Elda Walker standing in a doorway


Leva and Elda Walker standing in a doorway


Leva (left) and Elda (right) Walker, standing in a doorway in matching white dresses, with Leva holding a flower. 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 late 1880s or early 1890s, when they were around 12 years old. It may have been taken on a special occasion such as confirmation as members of the Congregational Church, attendance at a wedding, or a similar event.
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Date Created

circa 1890


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