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MICHIGAN

THE OLD INDIAN DOCTOR


THE OLD INDIAN DOCTOR There was an old Indian doctor well known by the first settlers in the east part of this county. His name we could not get. His home was originally near Schoolcraft. He died in the spring of 1833 and was buried in what was later known as the Catholic burying ground in Kalamazoo. His two song; were Cop-mo-sa and Chip-e-wa. He had a daughter who was deaf and dumb. She married a Frenchman by the name of Joseph Mouseau, who lived with the Indians as a trader. They had a son who was a bright boy. Hugh M, Shatter, who gave this bit of history to the writer, visited the Indian camp7 which was located on the lands now owned by A. L. Rowland, in Charleston. Mr. Shafter asked Mouseau if his boy could speak French. He straightened up proudly as he replied—"He speak'em ma-jash English, he speak'em Indian, he speak'em French. " Then turning to his deaf and dumb squaw wife, he said—"She no speak'em, but she good. " Of the old doctor's family two died with the consumption; one called the "little one-eyed squaw, " says Esquire Shafter, "was a smart little thing. " The following letter from A. H. Scott, dated St. Joseph, Mich., Jan. 9, is to Mr. Henry Bishop, and is in answer to questions touching the Indians in this county at an early day. It will be found of great interest to many of our readers to whom the aborigines of this section were unknown:
"Your letter, dated Dec. 25, came to hand and I have felt it a duty to give the information desired in regard to the Indians of Kalamazoo county during the years of its first settlement by the whites as far as my memory will serve me. I came to Kalamazoo county early in June, 1833, as a member of the family of James Smith, in company with his brother Addison; Hosea B. Huston and E. Lakin Brown, carried on the merchandising business under the name of Smith, Huston & Co., and had two stores, one at Schoolcraft, and the other at Kalamazoo (or rather Bronson, as it was then called). i soon picked up enough of the Indian language to enable me to trade with them.

Michigan Indians


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