featured a love story
about a young woman and her high school sweetie
who eloped during college,
much to the ire of her parents.
Let me introduce her parents:
Clara Davidson Biggs
and William A. "Willie" Biggs.
If you remember, Willie and Clara
wanted Leota's marriage annulled.
Even tried to get the sheriff to arrest
their new son-in-law.
Welcome to the family!
Willie and Clara were both born
in McDonald County, Missouri in the 1880s.
Clara was the daughter of Thomas Davidson
and Mary Anne Harrell.
Willie was the youngest son of John Biggs and Dicy Reed.
John and Dicy were my great-great grandparents
on my dad's side and Willie was the brother
of my great-grandmother, Mary (Biggs) Arnett.
Willie and Clara got married about 1905
when Willie was 22 and Clara was 17.
Leota was born in December 1906.
Employment prospects in McDonald County
were not auspicious and by 1910,
this little family was living in Enid, Oklahoma.
Clara's sister Arizona "Zona" Davidson
had married Willie's brother John Quincy Biggs
and the two sisters remained close.
One or the other of them saw an advertisement
in a ladies' monthly magazine for a new college
of chiropractic medicine in Portland, Oregon.
Hmm..... they thought. Maybe this is a way
to develop a career and solve our financial worries.
(Quincy was an ordained minister, so he
already had a career).
So, not only clever but persuasive,
the sisters and their husbands moved to the Pacific Northwest.
Willie, Clara, and Zona all matriculated
and became chiropractors.
Zona went on to follow her husband from
place to place as his ministerial career blossomed.
(More about them later in another post).
Willie and Clara stayed in Oregon,
developing a joint practice in Baker City, Oregon.
(I guess there's an accidental pun there. . .)
They lived there for many years,
and from the looks of things,
they must have been fairly prosperous.
Were they afraid their son-in-law Hal
was an opportunist
that he wasn't good enough for Leota?
Though at the time of the elopement
Leota was older than Clara was when she married,
did Clara and Willie think their little girl was too young
to be a bride?
Or was it simply a matter of wanting her to finish
her education before taking the plunge?
So many unanswered questions!
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