Portrait of Mary, Sarah and Andrew Nelson, Puyallup children


Portrait of Mary, Sarah and Andrew Nelson, Puyallup children


Portrait of three students who attended the Forest Grove Indian Training School and/or Chemawa Indian School in Salem: Mary Ann Nelson, Sarah Nelson, and Andrew Nelson. According to the school's roster, Andrew and Mary Ann entered the training school in August, 1884. Sarah's name is not recorded on the roster, though another Nelson girl recorded as 'Joanna' does appear -- possibly an alternate name for the same person. They were members of the Puyallup tribe. This photograph was likely taken around 1889-1890 based on the ages of the children and the active dates of the photographer, who was a woman named Myra E. Sperry (Robinson, Oregon Photographers, 1993, p. 611).


Sperry the Artist, photographer, Salem, Oregon


Off-reservation boarding schools
Native American Studies
Chemawa Indian School




Forest Grove Indian School Collection, Pacific University Archives

Other Media

[typed] Sperry The Artist Successor to W. P. Johnson, Salem, Or. [These names have been erased from the front and are now handwritten on the back] L to R: Andrew Nelson, Sarah Nelson, Mary A. Nelson