FEELING deeply that the heroic efforts of
our pioneer women missionaries should be held in grateful remembrance by
our W. M. S., Mrs. Wm. Byers of Montreal, at the request of the
Executive Board, undertook the preparation of the following short
biographical sketch of Miss Lucy Margaret Baker, the first Canadian
woman to represent us in mission work among the Indians of our own land.
This sketch was begun in 1917—the 50th anniversary of the first steps
taken by the Western section of our Church to send forth messengers to
the aborigines of Canada, who were sunk in superstition and darkness.
In addition to what the writer remembers from personal conversation with
the subject of the memoir the material for the sketch was obtained from
relatives, friends and fellowworkers and also from the Church's Blue
Books, Records, and W. M. S. Annual Reports, that whatever was related
might be accurate.
The outbreak of the war prevented this memoir being printed at the time
it was prepared. This is to be regretted as Mrs. Byers has since been
called Home. But it will not have been written in vain if it proves "an
incentive to some of our young people to follow the example set by this
noble woman," and makes us all grateful for her life, which was the
expressed wish of the compiler, Elizabeth A. Byers.
M. C. G. F.
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