Bert Brown Barker - Pioneer Mother - University of Oregon
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N 44° 02.650 W 123° 04.548
10T E 493927 N 4876781
Quick Description: An inscription is etched into a metal plaque that is part of a statue that resides within the Women's Memorial Quad on the University of Oregon campus.
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 2/10/2015 3:27:48 PM
Waymark Code: WMNC31
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
Located within the Women's Memorial Quad on the University of Oregon campus and between Susan Campbell Hall and Hendricks Hall is a statue titled Pioneer Woman by artist A. Phimister Proctor and created in 1930. This statue of a pioneer woman was a gift to the university by former university vice president, Burt Brown Barker in 1932 in remembrance of his pioneer mother, Elvira Chadwick Brown Matheny, born in 1844. There are metal relief panels depicting pioneer scenes of emigrants in covered wagons on two sides of the statue. A third side reads 'THE PIONEER MOTHER - PAX'. The fourth side contains the metal plaque with an inscription that reads:


"Others have perpetuated her struggles;
I want to perpetuate the peace which followed
her struggles. Others have perpetuated her
adventure. I want to perpetuate the spirit
which made the adventure possible and the
joy which crowned her declining years as
She looked upon the fruits of her labor and
caught but a faint glimpse of what it will
mean for posterity.

I want to recall her as I recall my
mother, Elvira Brown Barker, a pioneer of
1847, in the sunset of her life, after the
hardships and the battles and the sorrows
of pioneering were past and she sat in the
afterglow of her twilight days resting
from her labors. All her hardships and
sorrows have softened in the telling in
her later life, and her rugged endurance
has mellowed with her fading memory; but
to us there lives that spirit of conquering
peace which I wish posterity to remember."

May 7, 1932 Bert Brown Barker

University of Oregon Women's Memorials Quadrangle Eugene, OR

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