Mrs. Elizabeth Elliott taken October 1937. Photo Source: Willamette Heritage Center 0082.029.0002.004.
This photograph, inscribed "Mrs. Elizabeth Elliott taken October 1937. Born Jan. 9, 1851. To Mr. & Mrs. W.C. Elliott. Wishing you a Merry Xmas" has caused me quite a bit of frustration today. It was found in a group of several photographs, all but two of which are unlabelled and unidentified. To add insult to injury, these materials were transferred from the Mission Mill Museum to the Marion County Historical Society in 1982, and the transfer document neglects to mention who the original donor was. Throughout the collections life here, it has been whittled down. Three images appear to have been transferred to the Lane County Historical Society (82.029.0002.008, 82.029.0002.015, 82.029.0019) in 2000 and 2003. The reasoning behind the 2000 transfer was that the photograph had been taken by a Eugene photographer.
The only other identified image (and the identification is a little sketchy) is that of 0082.029.0002.013, which the catalog record states is Stanley David Elliott at 15 months. It is unclear where this information came from as the photograph itself is not labelled.
The first question was, who was this Mrs. Elizabeth Elliott. After much scrutiny, the most likely candidate appears to be Elizabeth Emily Verhine Elliott
(9 Jan 1851- 24 Mar 1940), the wife of Thaddeus David Elliott
(1849-1920) also known as just David Elliott. This educated guess comes from the fact that:
- several of the photos in this collection had a Eugene connection (strengthening the likelihood