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First Ladies of K-State: Effie Jardine

Effie Lane (Nebeker) Jardine


Effie Lane Nebeker was born on April 9, 1882, in Laketown, Utah, one of 12 born to Ira and Delia Lane Nebeker. In 1901 she entered Utah State Agricultural College, where she literally ran into her future husband, William Marion Jardine, during a snow storm.

They married on September 6, 1905. William worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1906-1910. Their son, William, was born while the couple lived in Washington, D.C..

In 1910, her husband was named agronomist for Agricultural Experiment Station at Kansas State Agricultural College, and they moved to Manhattan. It wasn't long before her husband was promoted to Dean of Agriculture. They rented a house at 1020 Houston, where their two daughters, Marian and Ruth, were born.

In 1918, William Jardine became president of Kansas State Agricultural College. They were the first to occupy the new president's house on campus when it was completed in 1923. Mrs. Jardine was unhappy about leaving her old neighborhood, though it was much more convenient for her to entertain in the center of campus.

In 1925, Jardine was named the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by President Coolidge and they moved back to the nation's capital. Effie became a close friend of the Coolidge family, and served as the President's hostess at the White House after Mrs. Coolidge became ill. When the administration changed, William Jardine was appointed Minister to Egypt and they moved to Cairo.

Her husband was appointed president of Wichita State in 1934, moving the family back to Kansas became first lady of her second Kansas public institution of higher learning. In 1949, President Jardine retired and they moved to Texas, to be closer to their children's families. President Jardine passed away in San Antonio in 1955, one day after his 76th birthday.

Effie, her daughters and sons-in-law attended the dedication of Jardine Terrace student housing in 1957. Effie remained in San Antonio until her death on May 28, 1974.

Effie Jardine

Biographical information on the First Ladies was provided by:
Dr. Michaeline Chance-Reay, Assistant Professor, Women's Studies and COE, author of Land Grant Ladies: Kansas State University Presidential Wives