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Mary Richardson Walker Diary excerpts related to the Forest Grove Indian School

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Mary Richardson Walker Diary excerpts related to the Forest Grove Indian School

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Excerpts from Mary Richardson Walker's diary related to the Forest Grove Indian School, 1880-1885. Mary is best known as one of the earliest missionaries in the Oregon Territory. Along with her husband Elkanah Walker, she went west in 1838 and settled on Spokane land at Tshimikain for ten years. After the Whitman Massacre, the Walkers moved to Forest Grove and became involved in the founding of Tualatin Academy and Pacific University. By February 1880 when the Forest Grove Indian School opened, Mary was 68 years old. Her daughter-in-law, Belle Putnam Walker, became a teacher at the Indian School. Mary visited with and hired Native students from the school, particularly Spokane children who were related to Natives she had known at Tshimakain. Her diary provides information about how the students' lives intersected with the lives of white Forest Grove residents. Transcribed by Pacific University Archivist Eva Guggemos. Entries from 1880 through March 1883 are transcribed; later entries are to-be-added.

Creator

Walker, Mary Richardson, 1811-1897

Date

1880-1885

Source

Walker Family Papers

Citation

Walker, Mary Richardson, 1811-1897, “Mary Richardson Walker Diary excerpts related to the Forest Grove Indian School,” Pacific University Archives Exhibits, accessed November 20, 2017, http://exhibits.lib.pacificu.edu/items/show/12630.

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