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Northrop, E. B.; Chittenden, H. A., Jr. (ed.) / The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
(August, 1874)

In the early days. Reminiscences of early days in the Chippewa Valley,   pp. 509-511 PDF (1.1 MB)


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enemies had become fast friends.
But in the summer of 1849, an event
occurred that showed that one party
to this treaty reposed very little con-
fidence in the faith of the other. It
will, however, be necessary to relate
some intervening circumstances, be-
fore we reach this. During the sum-
mer of 1848, a wealthy merchant of
Galena, by the name of Bloomer,
sent some agents up the Chippewa to
select a site for a saw mill, and im-
mediately came on in person with a
large force, and commenced opera-
tions. The site fixed upon was the
lower chain of Eagle Rapids, three-
fourths of a mile below the present
dam. The men brought along to ex-
ecute the work, were mostly from the
Wisconsin river, and at their head was
the reckless and notorious Tim Hur-
ley, and another hard case by the
name of Tim. Inglar, and several
others of like temperament. To se-
cure hay for the winter, some of these
men were sent up on the meadows in
the neighborhood of Vanville, and
hence the name Bloomer was given to
the prairie and town.
Before winter came on, Mr. Bloom-
er got discouraged and sold the thing
out to H. S. Allen at the Falls, and
the project of building a mill on
Eagle Rapids was thenceforth aban-
doned.
Bloomer himself returned to Gale-
na, but his men were all turned over,
with the teams and supplies to Mr.
Allen, that is if they chose to stay,
which most of them did. Hurley was
married and built a house and saloon
at the Falls, the first ever started in
this Valley, which soon became the
headquarters of every gambler and
hard case in the upper valley, among
others, a Frenchman, named Martial
Caznobia, who on the fourth day of
July, of this year 1849 with a crowd
of these fellows, having imbibed
pretty freely of "benzine," repaired
to the wigwam of an Indian then
camping at the Falls, wherein the
Frenchman attempted some liberties
with the Indian's squaw which was
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promptly resented, and drawing a
dirk-knife, he instantly drove it to the
handle in the body of the would-be
violator of his home.
The wound was a very dangerous.
one, bled profusely, and was thought
the next morning to be positively
fatal. It was Sunday morning, a
great crowd assembled around, and
at the Burley House where Caznobia
was supposed to be dying, when some
one raised the cry, let's hang the
d-d Indian, and no quicker said
than done; a rope was procured, and
headed by Tim. Inglar a rush was
made for the Indian's residence, a
noose was formed around his neck,
the rope thrown over the limb of a
tree, standing near the present site
of the Union Lumber Co.'s store, the
weight of several of these desperate
men was thrown upon the other end
of the rope, and the body of the In-
dian soon dangled between heaven
and earth, a lifeless corpse.
Mr. Allen was absent at this time,
down the river, but on his return,
about three weeks after, he found
great excitement and threatening
demonstrations on the part of the
Indians, who had assembled at the
Falls to the number of 1,500, includ-
ing all the Chiefs in the entire nation.
It was with great difficulty that the
fray of such a throng of exasperated
savages was restrained by their Chiefs
until Mr. Allen's return.
Only for their regard for Mrs. Al-
len and her family, and the timely
interference of James Ermatinger
and George Warren, it is possible
that the mills and most of the build-
ings at the Falls, would have been
burned. This thev threatened to do
unless the murderers of their brother
were surrendered to them.  After
much delay and full explanations had
bE en made in which the offenders
disclaimed any intentional wrong
against the Chippewa nation, that it
was caused by whiskey, and they
were sorry, now, the Chiefs and the
braves became somewhat modified
and agreed that the ring-leaders only
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