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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)

Page 509

The Wuscnsin Lumberman.
This Machine will Plane, Tongue
and Groove 14 inches wide and will
plane 24 inches wide and 4 inches
thick, when the Matcher Heads are
off. The Matcher Head is moved by
a crank at the side of the Machine.
Eemnin cences of early days In the CQip-
powa Valley.
Yroe tAh Eau Claire Free Pmu.
Mr. Thomas E. Randall, of Eau
Claire, is writing some very interest-
ing reminiscences of the early days
in the Chippewa Valley, for the Free
Press. Below, we publish an extract,
showing how near a mill came being
erected at Eagle Rapids, and also of
an Indian scene near the spot where
the Union Lumbering Campany's
store now stands:
In 1840 a party of Sioux were way-
laid near the Red Cedar river, and
entirely cut to pieces ; and in Novem-
ber of the same year' a party of six,
belonging to the opposite belligerent,
was cut off in the same way. The
following year, a large party of Sioux
came up by invitation of the Chippe-
was to Eau Claire,' where they held a
friendly meeting, and smoked the
pipe of peace. This was repeated in
October, 1846 when 150 braves, all
mounted on ponies, came up to the
Falls, and thence to Chippewa City,
and held a treaty of peace with their
hereditary foes. Among them were
the great Chiefs, Wabashaw, Red
Wing and Big Thunder. Their first
meeting took places at the Falls,
about sunset, and was rather inform-
al, owing to some misunderstanding
as to the place of meeting. The
writer weas present and heard part of
the Reception Address, and subse-
quently learned from Ambrose-one
of the interpreters-the substance of
what was said on both sides. The
Sioux remained mounted on their
ponies during the entire interview.
The Chippewa Chiefs and the braves
were painted after their mode indicat-
ing peace, and the head Chief advan-
ced toward their guests with a large
red pipe made of stone from pipe-
stone mountain, in one hand, and in
the other a hatchet, which was thrown
with considerable force so as to par-
tially bury it in the earth; then rais-
ing the pipe to his mouth and taking
a whiff or two, and turning the stem
toward the Sioux Chief presented it
for his acceptance. All this was done
in silence; the Sioux Chief received
the emblem of peace also in silence,
smoked a few whiffs, bowed respect-
fully as he handed the pipe, reined
his piny one step to the right, and
waited the next salutation. The sub-
stance of which was, "Friends, we
are glad you have come, we are
anxious to make peace with the Sioux
nation. As you have seen us throw
down and bury the hatchet, so we
hope you are inclined to make peace."
The Sioux Chiefs then threw down
whatever arms they held, and de-
clared their purpose to maintain per-
manent peace. They said their great
father, the President, with whom they
had never been at war, had requested
them to conclude a lasting peace with
the Chippewa nation; and although
they had sold their lands on the east
side of the Mississippi they still
wanted to hunt there, and was glad
that in the future they could do so
without fear, This was all done
through interpreters; several of whom
were present on each side, and closed
every sentence they repeated with
the expression of, "That's what we
The delegation met a much larger
number of Chippewa Chiefs and
braves the next day at Chippewa City
where the ceremonies were still more
imposing, and a dinner was served of
which both parties partook. These
demonstrations were so earnest, and
seemed so sincere, that outsiders
really supposed these hitherto mortal

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