Lora Maud Lemon was born Lora Maud Hansell on May 23, 1889 in The Dalles, Oregon. Her parents, William R. Hansell and Anne L. Moore Hansell, moved the family to Corvallis when Lora was seven years old. Lora enrolled in Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in September 1904 and graduated in 1908 with a BS in Literary Commerce. Immediately after graduating from OAC, Lemon was hired as a teacher at Corvallis High School. Lora married Erwin Bertran (E.B.) Lemon on December 20, 1911 in Corvallis.
E.B. Lemon graduated from OAC in 1911 and was hired as an instructor in OAC's School of Commerce, a position he held until 1943. He also held the post of University Registrar for 21 years, from 1922 to 1943. During this time, Lora raised the couple's two sons, Berlan and Mardis. In 1943, E.B. Lemon became Dean of Administration at Oregon State College; he retired in 1959. After retirement, Lora and E.B. Lemon remained active in the Oregon State and Corvallis communities. Lora was a member of the OSU Mothers Club, First Universal Presbyterian Church, P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization), and the OSU Folk Club. E.B. Lemon died in 1979; Lora Lemon died in January 1982.
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