Elda, Nellie and Leva Walker examining a book


Elda, Nellie and Leva Walker examining a book


Leva (left), Nellie (middle) and Elda (right) Walker on a couch, looking at a book. These cousins were the granddaughters of Oregon missionaries Elkanah and Mary Richardson Walker. Leva and Elda graduated from Pacific University in 1900. 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. Nellie Walker stayed in her hometown of Forest Grove, Oregon and became known later in life as an expert on local history. This photograph may have been taken around the 1950s or 1960s.
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Date Created

circa 1940s


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