Reverend who founded Whitman College will be portrayed at museum



Rogers Miles and Barbara Coddington portray the Rev. Cushing Eells and Myra Eells.

The Reverend Cushing Eells, D.D., and his wife, Myra Eells, will be portrayed at the Living History presentation 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road. The couple are portrayed by Rogers Miles and Barbara Coddington.

The Eells travelled by horseback under the protection of the American Fur Company into the Rocky Mountains and by Hudson's Bay Company from there to Walla Walla. They arrived on Aug. 29, 1838. They spent the winter at Marcus and Narcissa Whitman's station at Waiilatpu.

Following the November, 1847 incident at the Whitmans' mission, the Eells relocated to the Hudson's Bay Company post at Colville Wash. The military closed the area east of the Cascade Mountains to settlement. The Eells returned to the Walla Walla Valley in 1862 after the territory was re-opened. It was their intention to reclaim the mission grounds at Waiilatpu where the Whitmans were slain.

Reverend Eells founded Whitman Seminary, now Whitman College, to honor Marcus Whitman. The first building was completed in 1866. Classes began later that year. He also helped establish Walla Walla's First Congregational Church.

The Eells' Walla Walla home burned in 1872. They moved to the residence of their son, who was the Indian Agent at Skokomish on Puget Sound.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors 62+ and students and $3 for children 6-12. For more information, call 525-7703 or e-mail


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