Vincent Lafayette Higgins (1851-1941) was born near Burnsville, North Carolina. As a young man, he moved west, living in Arkansas, Missouri, Northern California, and the Willamette Valley in Oregon, eventually settling permanently at Union Flat near Pullman, Washington in 1884. He married Emma Peed of Jasper, Missouri in 1889, and their daughter, Frankie Belle Higgins, was born in 1890. Both Vincent and Emma Higgins were active in Masonic organizations, and Higgins was a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows.
Belle Higgins graduated from Pullman High School and attended Washington State College. She married Lee Roy Rucker in 1915, and they had two children, Delbert Leeroy (1916-1976) and Dale Elliot (1919-1920).
The collection consists of correspondence and other manuscripts, notebooks, legal and financial documents, a small number of photographs, and memorabilia, including printed ephemera. Most of the material is related to Vincent and Emma Higgins, Belle Higgins Rucker, and Delbert Rucker, with a small amount related to Ellen Chandler Higgins and Suzanne Rucker.
Restrictions on Access :
This collection is open and available for research use.Restrictions on Use :
Copyright restrictions may apply.Preferred Citation :
[Item Description] Higgins and Rucker Family Papers, 1884-1994
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.
The collection is arranged in a single series, with materials related to each generation grouped together.
Acquisition Information :
Suzanne Rucker donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 1999 and 2012 (MS 1999-13 and MS 2012-21).Processing Note :
This collection was processed by Cheryl Gunselman.Separated Materials :
A 1909 precinct map of Whitman County, Washington was transferred to the Historic Map Collection.Related Materials :
Vincent Lafayette Higgins Papers, 1900-1920 (Cage 1983).
Higgins Scrapbooks, circa 1890s-1950s (unprocessed collection: UPC 0004).
Detailed Description of the Collection
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