Mrs. Ellen Fink Milton was the widow of David Meriwether Milton, a direct descendent of Meriwether Lewis, of Lewis and Clark fame. She had been a widow for more than a dozen years when she and Nelson, just 21-years old, arrived at her Oyster Bay, Long Island home for the summer season of 1925. Nelson, born on her Westchester estate two decades earlier, was now her chauffeur.

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