Myron Eells Portrait


Myron Eells Portrait


A portrait of Myron Eells (1843-1907). This photograph was taken at the I. G. Davidson Studio in Tacoma, WA, which was active between 1886-1891.

Eells was born at the Tshimakain Mission near modern Spokane, WA, in 1843. His parents were the missionaries Cushing and Myra Eells. The family relocated to Forest Grove, OR in in 1848. Myron's father moved back to eastern Washington in the early 1860s, where he founded Whitman College. Myron Eells remained in Forest Grove, graduating from Pacific University in 1866. After studying to become a minister, he moved to the Skokomish Reservation in 1874, where his brother Edwin Eells was the Indian Agent. While working there as a missionary, Myron became a well-known historian and ethnologist, collecting hundreds of Native American artifacts and early Pacific Northwest manuscripts and books. He published numerous works on Native American language and culture. Myron also served as a trustee of Pacific University for many years and wrote one of the first histories of Pacific University in 1902. He died in 1907.
[Transcription of handwritten notes on verso:] M. Eells, Reed 91

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