Susan Isabella Walker Cooke was born in Meridien, CT in 1834. "Belle" Walker made the overland trek to Oregon in 1851 and soon after arriving married Joseph Cooke. After settling on a farm near Salem, she taught at the Oregon Institute in 1851-52, Wilamette University from 1861, and gave private lessons in art and music at her home. She was the first woman clerk in the Oregon legislature and in 1871 published Tears and Victory, a book of poems. She came to San Francisco in 1896 to be near her son, the and lived there until a few months before her death in Newberg, OR on Jan. 19, 1918. Many of her paintings and books of poetry were destroyed in the 1906 disaster.
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