Walcott Camp above Lake O'Hara, July 1910
[RU7004, neg. # 000870]
In June 1888, Charles Walcott married his second wife (his first
wife Lura Rust died of tuberculosis after only two years
of marriage) Helena Stevens and their first child, Charles
Doolittle Walcott Jr., was born a year later. Together the
couple had four children: Charles as noted above, Sidney
Stevens born in 1892, Helena Breese in 1894 and Benjamin
Stuart in 1895.
Walcott traveled to the Canadian Rockies during the summer
often his wife Helena and their children
would accompany him on his expeditions.
The children would join in the work of splitting rocks in search
of fossils. Walcott named one of the Burgess Shale animals Sidneyia,
after his son Sidney, who discovered the first specimen.
died tragically in a train crash in 1911, and a few years later
Walcott married Mary Vaux, a talented artist, photographer,
and mountaineer. She often assisted
Walcott in the field by developing his negatives in camp. Under
her influence, his later panoramas show technical and artistic
Sidney, and Helen in Burgess Shale Fossil Quarry, 1913