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Title Letter [manuscript]: Wauseon, O[hio], to A.P. Edgerton, Washington, D.C., [c.1920]
Author Howard, Dresden W. H. (b.1817)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Typed copy of a January 1, 1886, letter sent by D.W.H. Howard of the Maumee Valley Monumental Association to Alfred Peck Edgerton, then president of the U.S. Civil Service Commission, forwarding a cane made from the "Indian Council Elm" which stood until 1873 on the banks of the Maumee River at Grand Rapids. The typed copy was probably made around 1920 in Chicago by George Manierre for Edward E. Ayer. According to Howard, the elm was the site of numerous Indian councils; at one of the last, Howard served as an interpreter. A ms. note by Edgerton’s son-in-law, Manierre, indicates that the cane and original letter were stored in his safe.
Names Edgerton, Alfred Peck (1813-1897); Ayer, Edward Everett (1841-1927); Manierre, George (1845-1924)
Places Maumee River Valley, Wauseon, Ohio, Indiana, United States
Keywords governor, Indian council, frontier, pioneer, interpretor
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Early settler of the Maumee River Valley in Ohio. Born in 1817 in New York, D.W.H. Howard emigrated in 1821 to Ohio with his family. There he learned Indian languages and spent his early years as a fur trader and hunter. He was employed in 1840 by the Ewings to trade up the Missouri, but returned to Ohio in 1841 to care for his family, farm, and serve in various state and local offices.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 392
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue