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PORT HURON, MICHIGAN

BY MRS. B. C. FARRAND

In company with Indian friend he began study at Geneseo, New York. His friend soon after died. Then he studied Latin and Greek and became proficient in English worked with his hands summers to have the means to study winters. He was commissioned by the British government to make a treaty with Indians of the Sarnia reservation and distribute supplies among them found here only a few log houses. There were about five hundred Indian living in bark wigwams. The only frame dwellings were the agency house council house and the mission house, the last, as I before said, now standing. Old Wawanosh was chief of this band. He was a very good mi but not educated; his two sons are now living in Sarnia. The old treaty gave the Indians $5, 000 and a tract of land five miles square, bordering on the St. Clair river. The Indian fund built log houses afterwards. The chief the Pottawattomies was Francois McCoonce [Maconce] who kept a hotel Mt. Clemens. He was a Free Mason, and after many years, with part of tribe went to Kansas, where he died about four years ago. His sister the wife of Wawanosh, and some of the grandchildren of these two chiefs highly educated and are now ministers in the Christian church, graduates colleges, and one young lady has become an instructor in the fine arts, the mother having been a daughter of one of the Methodist missionaries (Waron). The family have taken the name of Wells.

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