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INCIDENTS IN THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE SAGINAW VALLEY

BY JUDGE ALBERT MILLER

On nearly all the tributaries can be found mounds filled with human bones which. I have opened for my own satisfaction and found them lying in all directions, showing they were thrown together without any regularity, upon which I became satisfied their owners had been killed in battle. This awakened in me a curiosity to find out what people they were, and what had become of them. I often questioned the Indians in regard to it, but they would invariably say, that there were two or three very old Indians living on the bay that could tell me all about it, giving me their names. Accordingly in one of my journeys to the bay I sought out one of the Indians in question. I think this was in 1834. I found him a very old man, and I asked him his age. He said he thought he was a great deal over one hundred years. His faculties were as bright as a man of fifty. I told him I understood he could give me the tradition of his race. He said he could, as it was handed down to him by his grandfather, whom he said was older- than he was now when he told him. For fear I should not get it correctly, I called to my aid an educated man who was part Indian, Peter Grewett, a man well known by the early settlers as an Indian trader, and is still living, I believe, in Gratiot county. He spent his life with the Indians in the employment of the American fur company. "
"The old Indian Put-ta-gua-si-mine, which was his name, commenced as follows: He said the Socks [Sacs] occupied the whole of the Saginaw river and its tributaries, extending from Thunder bay on the north to the head of the Shiawassee on the south, and from Lake Michigan on the west to Detroit on the east.

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