Warm Springs Indian Agency Clerk: 1877-1891
In late 1877, Cyrus accepted a job working at the Warm Springs Indian Agency. There, he could follow his family's missionary impulse to improve (and convert) the native tribes of the Northwest. He worked as a clerk for the U.S. Indian Agent, served as postmaster, and taught and preached to the Warm Springs, Wasco, and Paiute tribes. His wife, Mary Walker, taught at the school for a time, but after having a baby went to live near her parents. Being apart was difficult and they wrote to each other often. Cyrus often told her about daily life at Warm Springs, including how the school for the tribes' children was progressing, local crimes, and everyday work. In 1892 they both resigned from the Agency, sold their farm, and moved to Linn County.