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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 74, August 16-17, 1853

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Identifier: DX04097866

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 74, August 16-17, 1853

Description: Describes arriving at the fishing village of La Pointe, Wisconsin.


families who live here, two mails in a month, brought to the place by dog-sleighs and Indians. We took a look outside at the dank night, and mist enshrouded lake, & I got her [Bertha Livermore’s] shawl and put it on. With her curls hooded by it she looked very pretty. Woudn’t dance, when they commenced, and when I pressed her, acknowledged herself a “professor of religion.” We chatted along right pleasantly, all the men knowing she was the prettiest girl in the boat, and after an hour and a half pleasantly spent, it ended. A talk with [George M.] Swan and his sister, then down below, where “Fond du Lac” Godefroi was playing Euchre, swearing loudly and talking Indian dialects.

Talk with a Detroit man, hight Campo Campeau, about Michigan University. Bed by 11 1/2.

17. Wednesday. Rain and lightning all night to an extreme degree. Rising I found we were lying off La Pointe, having progressed some 8 miles in the Precedent — man drifted out, being at work on the pier, rescued. A pretty large collection of huts, some few white folk and many Indians. Propeller Independence, fist boat launched on the lakes lying here — 1846 The place as its name imports is situate on a long low-lying point stretching out into the Lake. We stop some time to wood &c. I find pretty girl with the curls and have a chat with her, her brother, and mother. Presently they are off in boat to visit a protestant church yard, some little distance off, — the old lady would go, inasmuch as she had buried a daughter there. Swan and I ramble off to see the village. Tis merely a fishing place, has been of more importance as a rendevous of Voyageurs. Many Indians of both sexes about, and not a few half-breeds. And small lithe, long-black-haired urchins paddling in the water where canoes lay. The red men were poorly dressed, some in half civilized costume,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-16

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Ojibwa Indians
Clothing and dress
Great Lakes (North America)
Indians of North America
Postal service


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