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INDIAN REMINISCENCES

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

The dwellings were of poles laid up like a log house, and covered with shakes. Rev. Manassah Hickey, now of Detroit, assisted by his sister and a young man by the name of Crane, had control of this mission and school.
After Sau-au-quet's death John Ma-gau-go* aspired to the chieftancy of the Pottawattomie nation. He was a man of noble bearing, and was succeeded in 1833 by his son John, whom most of the early settlers in this part of the state well remember. He became chief of the Michigan band, and was in the full sense a most noble specimen of his own race. In 1838 or '39 the grand council of the Indians was held in the Indian Reserve school house, and Muck-moot was present. There were then assembled fire hundred of this tribe. John Ma-gua-go had three sons, Man-db-ka, Mo-qua and Me-mie. That they were agile and muscular in all physicial sports, and good wrestlers, many of the early settlers' sons can testify. Mar-chee was the chief's sister; or Mar-chee-o-no-qua was her full Indian name. She was said to have been a beautiful woman in her younger days and preserved traces of it long in her old age. Her second husband was Capt. Hatch, the Indian trader. They parted, and she married Buel Holcomb, known as "Bue" Holcomb, with whom she lived many years, and they separated. Mar-chee the writer knew well. She was the medicine woman among her people, and the doctoress in m»ny families in the white settlement on Dry Prairie and the region about the mission. I have often met her at Isham Simond's hospitable home on Dry Prairie, where she was usually called in case of sickness of any of the inmates, and where she was esteemed highly, not only for her skill as The chiefs of this band, beginning with the settlement of the whites here have been Pierre Morreau, an accomplished Frenchman, who married an Indian woman and spent his after life with the Pottawattomies as their chief:

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