Laura Etta Coots was born February 14, 1862 in Holt County, Missouri to Alfred and Leah Story Coots. After her father was killed by guerillas in the Kansas-Nebraska border fighting after the Civil War, her mother brought her and her brother to Shasta County.
Laura and Nelson both attended Clover Creek School but it wasn't until
when she was teaching that same school that he proposed. Nelson and Laura
were married May 22, 1884 and made their home on the Webb family ranch
where most of their children were born. The four infants were buried at
|Elmer Douglas||b. 22 Apr. 1885||d. 27 Jun. 1885|
|Winona||b. 14 Jul. 1886||d. 19 Jul. 1886|
|John Porter||b. 15 May 1888||d. 5 May 1977|
|Floyd Thomas||b. 24 Sep. 1889||d. 19 Feb. 1952||m. Vera Olive Wickert|
|William Jr.||b. 29 Jun. 1900||d. 2 Dec 1986||m. Ruth|
|Wilma||Lived two days|
|Bessie J.||b. 3 Mar 1891||d. 30 Jun 1891|
After Nelson retired from managing the ranch, they moved to a home on Pine street and Nelson worked for his son John at his foundry. He died September 26, 1927 and was buried in Redding Cemetery.
Laura was an active member of the Millville Rebekah Lodge, the Shasta Eastern Star, the Women's Relief Corps of Redding and the Shasta Historical Society. She died July 18, 1946 and was buried beside Nelson and her mother, Leah, in the Redding Cemetery.
Source: Shasta Historical Society - Nov 1999