Laidlaw family papers, circa 1900-1970  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Laidlaw family
Laidlaw family papers
circa 1900-1970 (inclusive)
1 linear feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
This collection, which dates from roughly 1900 to 1970, contains the papers of the Laidlaw family from Waitsburg, Washington.
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Penrose Library, Room 130
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA
Telephone: 509-527-5922
Fax: 509-526-4785
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Elvira Laidlaw and her husband Ellis Laidlaw were born on January 24, 1896 in Seltice, Washington, and March 4, 1895 in Sacramento, California. Elvira grew up on a wheat farm in Palouse, Washington, and graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington in 1919 with a degree in English. Ellis grew up in Waitsburg, Washington, served in the Marines from 1917 through 1919, and took various business, ROTC, and animal husbandry courses from universities in Pennsylvania and San Francisco. He married Elvira in 1920, and proceeded to build a farm in Dixie, Washington. While maintaining their farm, they also wrote a book on the history of Waitsburg, Washington and the Pacific Northwest, and were members of various fraternal and sororal organizations. Ellis died on May 19, 1971, and Elvira died on March 11, 1993.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Laidlaw family papers house a manuscript for Walt's Mill: The Story of the Community of Waitsburg, Washington, a travel map, glass plate negatives, and four scrapbooks. Also included is a family history and a document titled "Christmas in the Early Northwest," both written by Elvira Laidlaw. These items, which date from roughly 1900 to 1970, document the history of Waitsburg, Washington and the surrounding area.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Personal Names :
  • Laidlaw, Ellis
  • Laidlaw, Elvira Ellen
  • Geographical Names :
  • Waitsburg (Wash.)