Lucy Margaret Baker
|Baker, Lucy Margaret|
|Died||30 May 1909|
Life and career
Her teaching career was as varied as it was wide-ranging. She first worked in Dundee, then held classes in New Jersey for a women's school. She moved to New Orleans not long afterwards to co-own another women's school just before the American Civil War. In 1878, she returned to Glengarry County to teach a private school.
In 1879, minister Donald Ross asked Baker to teach at a missionary school in Prince Albert, on behalf of the Presbyterian church. She accepted the offer, and trekked cross-country to arrive at the western territory in 1879. She earned a permanent teaching grant at the mission school in 1880.
In 1890, Baker relocated to the Makoce Washte reserves in present-day South Dakota, where she served as chief instructor at a school for Sioux refugees. She learned to speak Sioux, and regularly spoke Mass (Christianity) in the refugee's native language. She remained teaching at Makoce Washte until her retirement in 1905.
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- Byers, Elizabeth (1920). Lucy Margaret Baker: A Biographical Sketch of the First Missionary of Our Canadian Presbyterian Church to the North-West Indians. Toronto, Canada: Women's Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. p. 12.