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Cyrus Walker Papers

Cyrus Walker, born December 7, 1838, was the oldest son of the early Oregon Territory missionaries Elkanah and Mary Richardson Walker. He grew up at Tshimakain in the 1830s-40s, where he learned the native Spokane language. After joining the U.S. army during the Civil War and then attempting to make a living as a farmer, he worked for many years at Warm Springs Indian Agency. In his last years, he became deeply involved in memoralizing Oregon's early pioneer history. These letters, documents and clippings shed light on his experiences, with rich descriptions of life at Warm Springs in the 1880s-1890s. This collection was donated to Pacific University by Betty Thorn, a descendant of the Walkers. 

Student, Soldier, Husband: 1853-1877 

Warm Springs Indian Agency Clerk: 1877-1891 

A Trial and Back to Warm Springs: 1892-1896 

An Old Pioneer: 1896 and later 

 

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Exhibit by Eva Guggemos and Elizabeth Vandermolen