Chippewa Flowage Lake Association

History Documentation:

LETER ON GRAVE REMOVAL - June 14, 1924

Department of the Interior
United States Indian Service
Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation
Reserve, Wisconsin
June 14, 1924
Received Stamp June 16, 1924 Hayward Indian School, Hayward Wisconsin
TO: Mr. James P. Ryder, Superintendent
       Hayward Indian School
       Hayward Wisconsin

Dear Mr. Ryder:
  Enclosed herewith is a list of people buried on what was Tribal Land at old Post, which had been flooded by the Wisconsin-Minnesota Light and Power Company. I still have not heard from you with reference to our telephone conversation, regarding a tract of land up north of old Post, some claim there is a tract of land there and others claim that it is not. If the tract is tribal land there are more graves on that tract, which are not include in the list that is herewith enclosed.

  George James of New Post has accused me of working for the Company in gathering up the names, and that I was getting a list of names to hinder the progress of the attorney who was hired by the Catholic Church, to look after the graves in the church cemetery. He has told a number of people this and it does not leave a good impression with the people there. What his idea was with reference to making this assertion, I do not know, I asked him what mistake I made in gathering the names enclosed and he stated he did not say anything to anybody about this matter, but Mr. Henry Thayer and some more told me he did. It is a hard enough matter to get at this thing without anybody trying to hinder them from giving these names. If you could come over sometime in the near future we might again see the parties that have given these names and ascertain whether they wanted them sent into the Office or not. This might avoid a misunderstanding in the future; if the attorney makes a report that he could not do anything for them on tribal land.

  I am enclosing what names I have been able to collect.

Very respectfully,
George L. Gruber
Government Farmer
Reserve, Wisconsin

List of Graves on Tribal Land at Old Post

1. Son of Oganawijijib Brother of Mr. Jockey
2. Ed LaRush son Mrs. John LaRush
3.  Pelky daughter of Sophia LaRush Pelky
4. Hallie Bluesky relative of Mrs. Alex James daughter of Frank Bluesky (deceased)
5. Lawrence Bluesky relative of Mrs. Alex James son of Frank Bluesky (deceased)
6. Obaba relatives of Antoine Mustache
7. John Connors relatives of Antoine Mustache
8. Mrs. John Connors relatives of Antoine Mustache
9. Ogamabines relatives of Antoine Mustache
10. Owashequance relatives of Antoine Mustache
11. Chizwiaw grandparents of John and Sophia Mustache
12. Wife of Chizwiaw grandparents of John and Sophia Mustache
13. Son of John Mustache Grave staked
14. Josie Carrol Mustache Grave staked
15. Soslin Nickins Grandmother of Michael Nickins
16. Shabogijig relative of Mrs. Alex Slater (grave marked)
17. Wabiskewanab relative of Mrs. Alex Slater (grave marked)
18. Peter Shabogijig relative of Mrs. Alex Slater (grave marked)
19. Son of Shabogijig relative of Mrs. Alex Slater (grave marked)
20. Bashegoish relative of Mrs. Alex Slater (grave marked)
21. First son of Bashegoish relative of Mrs. Alex Slater (grave marked)
22. Second son of Bashegoish relative of Mrs. Alex Slater (grave marked)
23. Mark, son of Wabiskewanab and Bishiki relative of Mrs. Antoine Slater
24. John, son of Wabiskewanab and Bishiki relative of Mrs. Antoine Slater
25. Alex, son of Wabiskewanab and Bishiki relative of Mrs. Antoine Slater
26. Thomas, son of Wabiskewanab and Bishiki relative of Mrs. Antoine Slater
27. Francis, daughter of Wabiskewanab and Bishiki relative of Mrs. Antoine Slater
28. Mary Rose, daughter of Poskin and Peter Rose relative of Mrs. Antoine Slater
29. Willie LaRock, son of Bat LaRock and Obegijigokwe relative of Mrs. Antoine Slater
30. Kwagibawekwe daughter of Aneqwe Bluesky
31. William Yankee Joe no living relatives buried by Henry Thayer
32. Makingwan relative of George Jockey
33. Ozamashequay relative of George Jockey
34. Ogagiash relative of George Jockey

  These are all the names handed to me at the Post, but it is very probably that there are more they could not think of at this time.

Very respectfully,
George L. Gruber


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