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Crater Lake, 1911
Crater Lake, part of the Oregon territory the Whitmans helped open to settlement

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Cushing Eells Was Born
February 16, 1810

Trouble erupted in 1847 when a measles epidemic spread through the area. In addition to being a missionary, Marcus Whitman was also a doctor, and he tried to help those who caught the disease. For some unknown reason, a greater number of Native American children died from the measles and Whitman was accused of using magic to kill off the Native Americans in order to make room for the settlers. On November 29, 1847, Cayuse warriors killed Marcus and Narcissa Whitman and 12 other settlers. This event, known as the Whitman Massacre, sparked the Cayuse War, which was fought until 1850.
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