The more research Leona Davis Nicholas and her friend Lynda Kemp did, the more intrigued they became with her family history. Leona’s own stories about her unconventional childhood and her marriage, at the age of 16, to a wonderful man twenty years her senior are heartwarming.
The Davis family traces its roots back to very early settlement in the New World and before that to the British Isles. Branches of the tree are as varied as British and Scottish royalty, Civil War heroes and scoundrels, doctors, farmers and American presidents. The Nicholas family were tin miners in Cornwall, England before choosing a life in the new world and eventually becoming growers of hot house roses. Leona’s father’s wanderlust had his family moving like tumbleweeds back and forth between California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and British Columbia. Life was challenging but never dull. Harold Nicholas was raised in the greenhouse business. With his love of flying, he also discovered northern British Columbia and found Leona there. Together they had an exciting and fascinating life. Leona and Lynda worked together to weave the histories andthe anecdotes into a very readable story that will keep everyone interested to the very end.