Born and raised in Franklin County, MS, Walter E. Dove attended the local one-room schoolhouse until the teacher declared that he had taught the boy all he knew. Barely a teenager, Walter became the first in his family to go to college, and in 1913 he graduated from Mississippi A&M. He promptly got a decent job at Armour and Company, a meatpacking operation in North Dakota. After about a year, he switched jobs to become a Scientific Assistant with the US Department of Agriculture. Based in Dallas, he studied agricultural pests throughout the Southwest.

Walter E. Dove's first academic credential.

Walter E. Dove's first academic credential.

Around the time Walter was moving to Dallas, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo, setting in motion a chain of events that would soon change the world, and Walter’s life, forever.

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  1. Alan

    In an email, my uncle has fleshed out some details about Walter’s time in North Dakota, during which he was apparently pressured to marry a girl there:

    I remember Ina telling me that Aunt Enola was promoting the marriage between W. E. Dove and the girl from North Dakota. How she met her or contacted her in some manner is a mystery. Tom, you might remember how persistent and downright obnoxious Aunt Enola was. She was W. E. Dove’s mother’s sister.

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