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Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Valley Citizen Article About Baby Driggs

Here's the article:

Former valley
residents bring
son who sports
a local name

By Hope Strong
Photos by Emily Nichols

Will Mitchell wanted his son's middle
name to be Danger.
In the end, he settled for Driggs,
knowing that the old saying is true, that if
momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.
Mitchell wanted to name his son with
the family appellation that had been
used for fi ve generations, but he wanted
something different too. Danger could
be shortened to Dan, Mitchell thought,
but his wife Rebekah would have none
of it. She wanted her son's middle name
to be original too, but she liked the name
Driggs, the place she and Will landed years
ago and are likely to return often.
Now living in York, South Carolina,
Will and Rebekah Mitchell lived in Teton
Valley for just over a year, beginning in the
fall of 2003. The couple fell in love with
the valley for the fi rst time that year, and
with each other a little more while living
just west of the Tetons.
"Our relationship really grew here,"
Will Mitchell said. "After I fi nished
college, we wanted to head west. We loved
the Tetons and ended up in Driggs."
When they left the valley, the Mitchells
sold everything they had and set out back
east, returning to family and friends, but
taking with them memories, friendships
and a love for the west that would not
likely fade.
Will popped the question; Rebekah said
yes and a little further down the line she
was pregnant with their fi rst child. Once
far enough along to start telling people she
was with child, Rebekah and Will started
going over names.
Rebekah Miley Littlejohn was her
maiden name, and Miley, a family name,
was considered for a girl until the pop
fascination with Miley Cyrus of the
Hannah Montana fame made just too
clich The couple didn't know if they
were having a boy or a girl, and so Darby,
another family name for Rebekah, as
well as a local Teton Valley name, was
In the end, Will and Rebekah had a
son, and it was only a matter of a middle
name. William Morrow Mitchell was the
appellation that had endured through three
generation, from Will's great grandfather
to his father. His name is William
Roy Mitchell, honoring his maternal
grandfather, Roy, so the door was open
for a new name in the middle of the two
traditional ones.
"I wanted something original," Rebekah
said. "I'd never heard the name until I
moved here."
The Teton County seat of Driggs was
given that name when a petition for a post
offi ce was made decades ago. Apparently,
the Wallace family wanted the town named
after their family, but there was already
a Wallace up in Idaho's panhandle. The
majority of citizens on the petition were
Driggs family members, and so that's what
the town was called. Driggs is a variation
of the family's original European roots,
who spelled the name DeRaets. Legend
has it, the original DeRaets ancestor made
it to the new world clinging to the mast
following a shipwreck.
While folks back in South Carolina
think his name is Briggs or Griggs, nobody
in Teton Valley skips a beat when they hear
the child's name.
"Everybody thinks it cute around
here, but it's a little bit like wearing the
concert t-shirt when you're at the concert,"
Rebekah said. "Will did want it to be
Danger, but he kinda fi gured that wouldn't
happen. He just wanted our son to be able
to tell girls that Danger was his middle
name, anyway."

Photo Cutline:
No one really knows where this young man's striking blue eyes came from, but his
middle name was motivated by his parents' desire to pay tribute to a special place
in the west that they called home years ago. William Driggs Mitchell spent last
week in Teton Valley, getting to know his namesake and the folks that live there.

Tags:  beka, Driggs, friends, Will
That's great!
niki   Thursday, April 23, 2009
Neat article!
Snelly   Thursday, April 23, 2009
Agreed. Very good article.
LGrant   Thursday, April 23, 2009
So, so sweet! I'm sure he was well-received in Teton Valley, and will get to know more and more folks there each time he visits. Thanks for sharing!
Angi   Thursday, April 23, 2009
Good article!
justmeg   Thursday, April 23, 2009
ooo so fun!
Amber   Thursday, April 23, 2009
Here's a link to the pdf...easier to read

Emmy Ann   Thursday, April 23, 2009
That's awesome! Driggs is destined to be a celebrity in Driggs : )
Jules   Thursday, April 23, 2009
That is too cute. Thanks so much for sharing the article.
K8Day   Thursday, April 23, 2009
How cool! One for the scrapbook.
Ames   Thursday, April 23, 2009
I agree with Ames. This must go in his baby book!
Merritt   Friday, April 24, 2009
This is simply precious! I bet Baby Driggs was quite a hit on your visit. I miss you guys. Moving to a very small valley next friday! XO
Becca Pace   Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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