Mary Peters Papers, 1856-1995  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Siletz Culture Department
Mary Peters Papers
1856-1995 (inclusive)
1923-1994 (bulk)
0.2 cubic feet
Collection Number
OrSlTCC Peters
Collection materials follow the life of “Indian Mary” Peters and her daughters, Rosetta Farlow and Lillian Fairfield. A majority of the collection focuses on the inheritance and sale of Mary's homestead near Grants Pass.
Confederated Tribes of the Siletz, Tribal Cultural Collections
402 Park Way P.O. Box 549
Siletz, OR
Telephone: 541-444-2450
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Collection materials are in English.
Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant rewarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

“Indian Mary” Peters was the daughter of Umpqua Joe, a Grave Creek tribal member who warned miners and settlers of an approaching attack. Umpqua Joe operated a ferry that transported miners and supplies across the Rogue River until his death during a shoot-out with his son-in-law on November 13, 1886. On November 30, 1886, Peters filed a homestead claim for her father's land and received the title to the 72.34 acre property in 1894. Peters continued to operate the ferry until 1894 when she moved her family to Grants Pass. Of Mary's five children, two daughters survived to adulthood, Rosetta Farlow and Lillian Fairfield. Both daughters attended the Siletz Agency School. In 1920, Peters moved to Salem to live closer to her daughters and passed away in 1921. In 1958, Josephine County purchased Peter's former homestead and created the Indian Mary Park.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection follows the life and family of “Indian Mary” Peters and the creation of the Indian Mary Park from her former homestead. Correspondence and interviews discuss the inheritance of Mary's homestead and its subsequent owners.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Mary Peters Papers, Siletz Tribal Cultural Collections, Siletz, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Allotment of land--Oregon
  • Parks--Oregon--Josephine County
  • Geographical Names :
  • Grants Pass (Or.)
  • Salem (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Articles
  • Correspondence
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Photocopies