Myra Fairbanks Eells, Early Oregon Missionary - c. 1870


Myra Fairbanks Eells, Early Oregon Missionary - Moore

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Myra Eells and her husband Cushing, together with Mary and Elkanah Walker, established the Tshimikain mission northwest of Spokane in 1838, after crossing the continent on foot. Myra's two children, Edwin and Myron, were born during their nine-year stay at Tshimikain, their births being attended by Dr. Marcus Whitman.

After the Whitman killings in 1848, the Eells moved to the Willamette Valley, where they were active in educational and church work. Cushing Eells was for a while the Principal of Tualatin Academy, which grew into Pacific University.

In 1860 the Eells moved back to Washington Territory, where they helped start the institution that eventually became Whitman College. Myra Eells died in 1878, at the age of 73.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0295
Photographer George Moore
Location Washington State
Subject Missionaries, Portraits
Decade 1870s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type CDV
Size of Original 2.3 x 3.6 inches
Photographer's Number No