Memorials of the Grand River Valley
General Books LLC, 2009 - 478 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1878. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... HOLLAND BAXD. Near Holland was a band of about 300, under Wakazoo. who was recognized as chief by the Indians and by the U. S. government. These Indians made some advances in civilization; used oxen, carts, plows, etc.; learned to use the ax; had H church, made of lumber picked up on the lake shore. To some extent they adopted the dress and customs of the whites; raised corn, potatoes and squashes. A few learned to read. They had some log houses, which they used mostly for storage, generally living in the common Indian wigwams. Isaac Fairbanks, who now is a justice of peace in Holland, was the government farmer among them. Mr. F. represents the Indians as peaceable, friendly and honest; to the last degree hospitable and courteous to strangers; not only willing to share with others, but to give up all in their generous hospitality. He represents the chief, Wakazoo, as a native nobleman; talented, sagacious and manly. He was morally a good man; generally temperate, but, towards the last, a drinker. Drinking caused his death. He was of medium size, with strongly marked Indian features; of commanding presence; a fine orator, and noble fellow. He was very old. Maxsauba was also a leader; claimed to be a chief; was talented, but not so amiable. The Indian farms were about three miles southeast from Holland. In 1848J the Mission was moved to Grand Traverse. A few remained behind. The missionary teacher was Geo. X. Smith, now of Nbrtliport, Grand Traverse. CHIPPEWA MYTHOLOGY. The following is extracted from the writings of Thomas L. McKinney, who, as United States Commissioner, was sent, in conjunction with Gen. Cass, to negotiate a treaty with the Chippawas of Michigan, August, 1826. It is proper to premise, that the Mrs. Johnson referred to as narrating the legend, wa...
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