Elkanah and Mary Richardson Walker


Elkanah and Mary Richardson Walker


A newsprint copy of two portraits of Elkanah Walker (1805-1877) and Mary Richardson Walker (1811-1897). The Walkers were among the earliest missionaries in the Oregon Territory. The couple arrived at the Whitman Mission at Waiilatpu in 1838. They attempted to convert Spokane Natives at their own mission, Tshimakain, between 1839-1849. After their friends the Whitmans were killed, they evacuated to the northwest end of the Willamette Valley, at what would later be the town of Forest Grove. They helped to found Tualatin Academy and Pacific University soon thereafter, donating a portion of the land upon which the university lies. Several of the Walkers’ children later became missionaries and Indian Agents. Mary and Elkanah lived in Forest Grove until their deaths. This copy of their portraits, evidently clipped from a newspaper, appears to have been donated to Pacific University by the Eells Family, who also lived at Tshimakain in the 1830s-40s. The original portraits upon which this copy was made is also in the Pacific University Archives; see PUApic_010688 and PUApic_008396.
Elkanah Walker. Mrs. Mary Walker, Companions of Mr. & Mrs. C. Eells

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