Fall 2014 Preview

September 20, 2014

Posting has slowed considerably on Chequamegon History over the last few months due to my very busy personal life.  This shows no signs of letting up, so I can’t promise a new post any time soon.  However, the site is not abandoned, and new research topics continue to arise.  Here are some I hope to get to before Christmas:

  • La Pointe Bands:  This is an offshoot of the Perrault-Curot-Nelson-Malhoit-Sayer map and its implications for the identity of the La Pointe Ojibwe Band.  It will suggest that even after the Treaty of 1854, there were several “La Pointe” Bands, rather than just one that split into two (Red Cliff and Bad River) as the usual story goes.  Theresa Schenck’s annotated edition of William Warren’s History of the Ojibways, and some obscure primary documents will guide much of this.
  • Trowbridge Account of the 1820 Cass Expedition:  There are several primary accounts of the 1820 expedition led by Lewis Cass through Lake Superior and the Upper Mississippi.  This one comes from newspaper articles during the Lake Superior tourist rush of 1855.  C. C. Trowbridge, who had accompanied Cass thirty-five years earlier, returned to Lake Superior aboard one of the steamboats 
  • “A real bona fide, unmitigated Irishman:”  Another account from the 1855 annuity payment, this one describes an Irish whiskey dealer and his wife on Madeline Island.  Although the author praises the “Irish wit,” it is highly stereotypical. 
  • The “British” Chiefs of La Pointe:  This one will expand on the La Pointe Bands post, and examine recent scholarship by Janet Chute, Mark Dietrich, and Howard Paap, to suggest that despite La Pointe’s reputation as being a friendly area for American government efforts, the Ojibwe leadership at Chequamegon maintained close connections and sympathies with British-Canadian authorities well into the “American” Era.
  • Blackbird-Wheeler Letters Part 2:  Politics and the Battle for the Soul of Bad River:   This continues from the Blackbird-Wheeler Letters post, looking deeper into the religious aspects of the post-1854 rifts in the Bad River community.  Catholics from La Pointe/Red Cliff, the Protestant mission led by Leonard Wheeler and Henry Blatchford, and the families led by Blackbird who kept to the traditions of the Midewiwin all competed for influence.
  • Reisen in Nordamerika:  From Brule to Stillwater:  This is potentially a further translation from the Austrian travelers, Wagner and Scherzer, who visited this area in 1852.  We last left them at the mouth of the Brule River with their voyageur guides (thought to be Souverain Denis and Jean-Baptiste Belanger).  In Chapters 22 and 23, Denis and Belanger lead the group down the Brule and St. Croix, which are described by Scherzer in detail.


Thank you for reading.  I hope to be back at it soon: