Letter requesting aid in arranging Peter Stanup's admission to Tualatin Academy


Letter requesting aid in arranging Peter Stanup's admission to Tualatin Academy


This April 7, 1882 letter from A.J. Baker of New Tacoma requests assistance in arranging for Peter Stanup, a Puyallup native, to attend Tualatin Academy. The Academy was the college preparatory high school attached to Pacific University in Forest Grove. Stanup had attended the Forest Grove Indian Training School from about 1880-1881. Though Stanup had returned to the Puyallup Agency around 1881, the next year he sought admission to Tualatin Academy in order to become a preacher. This letter was written to Joseph Walker Marsh, Pacific University's librarian and the brother of its first president. Baker notes that he would personally help support Stanup's family while he was at school, but he requests aid in finding work for him to cover his room and board, as well as aid towards tuition and books.


Baker, A.J.


Off-reservation boarding schools
Native American Studies
Chemawa Indian School


Forest Grove, Oregon






Forest Grove Indian School Collection, Pacific University Archives



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Mr. J. W. Marsh, Pacific University

Dear Sir
I have been thinking of trying to get Peter Sandup [i.e. Stanup] an Indian an Education, he desires to be Educated so he can preach to his people but he has no means. And his family will have to be provided for while he is at school. I have concluded to provide for his family, myself, and we supposed he could probably get work for his board and we will have to raise his tuition and books somehow. I wish you would do all you can towards securing him work for his board. I thought I would write and let you know his exact circumstances. So you would see the necessity of doing what you could to confer a favor on this much abused race of people.

Yours respectfully,
A.J. Baker