Eleanor May, Frances Miriam, and Mary Marcella Spike were all born in Echo, Oregon, and attended Echo High School. Eleanor May (born June 4, 1902) and Frances Miriam (born Sept 6, 1900) attended Oregon Agricultural College during the 1919/1920, 1920/1921, 1923/24, and 1924/25 academic years and earned BS degrees in home economics in 1925. Eleanor subsequently earned an MS in Household Administration from Oregon State College in 1933; Eleanor was Associate Professor and Director of the Home Management Houses from the mid-1930s until the mid-1940s. Frances completed an MS in Foods and Nutrition at Oregon State in 1936.
Mary Marcella (born September 8, 1913) attended Oregon State college during the 1931/32 and 1933/34 academic years; during the first year she was a student in commerce and during the second year she studied pharmacy. She did not complete a degree at Oregon State. She married Carl J. Weltzin in 1935; Mary died in 2008.
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