Category Archives: Black Hawk

A Memorial Day Trip

Saturday I took a trip to Union Mills Cemetery near New Sharon to visit the graves of my parents.  Then I continued my trip further to the south and east to visit the grave site of one of Iowa’s most … Continue reading

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Can You Yada Yada History?

The TV show Seinfeld had a memorable episode called “The Yada Yada.”  In the episode, a number of conversations involved a story in which a part was described with the words “yada yada, yada.”   Usually that is used to … Continue reading

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Thinking Outside of the Box (Way Outside of the Box)

I just received a copy of The Saukie Indians and Their Great Chiefs Black Hawk and Keokuk.  My copy is one of those print-on-demand books–the original was published in 1926, and was written by Amer Mills Stocking.  This is a … Continue reading

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Commentary

We have a recent news report of American fighters in Afghanistan posing while urinating on some dead Afghanis, presumably belonging to the Taliban.  The video was posted to Utube.  The activity of a few individuals was shocking.  It was disrespectful, … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 137: A Final Indignity

Black Hawk suffered a final indignity in death. His grave was robbed. There is an account of a part of the theft in Annals of Iowa, Volume XIII, No. 6, October, 1922. This is part of an account by Mrs. … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 136: The Death of Black Hawk

From Stevens, 1903: “Black Hawk’s cabin stood about one hundred feet from the north bank of the Des Moines River, a few rods from that of Mr. James H. Jordan, the agent.  Near it, on the sloping bank, stood two … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 135: Black Hawk Makes a Speech

By 1838, Black Hawk had settled down. He no longer held any official power among the Sauk or Meskwaki, although he still commanded a great deal of respect. He even mingled with the white settlers and seemed to be respected … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, part 128: The Indians go to New York

A number of the Indians whose names became places in Iowa were treated like rock stars when they visited Boston on October 30, 1837.  The local population greeted them warmly.  Both sides exhibited what seems to have been genuine affection … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 126: More from Boston

This etching of Faneuil Hall in Boston is identified as being from the 1830’s by Wikimedia commons because of additions made to the structure, in spite of the date written on the etching. More from the November 11, 1837 Niles … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly Part 125: The Indians in Boston

The November 11, 1837 edition of Nile’s National Register  contains an account of the group of Sac and Fox Indians in Boston.  I have quoted part of this account previously. More to follow…

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