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Title Letter [manuscript]: Racine, [Wis.], to John [Harris] Kinzie, [Chicago, Ill.], 1839 June 1
Author Ouilmette, Antoine (1760-1841)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: June 1, 1839, letter from Antoine Ouilmette in Racine, to John Harris Kinzie of Chicago, regarding his 1790 arrival in Chicago and a Winnebago Indian raid on the settlement. Signed with Ouilmette’s mark, and written and signed by James Moore, the letter describes the Indians’ destruction of Ouilmette and Kinzie property, including personal possessions and 400 hogs.
Names Kinzie, John Harris (1763-1828); Moore, James
Places Racine, Wisconsin, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Keywords attack, settlement, property, hostility, city, white settlement, white settlers, pioneer
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Ouilmette was an early resident of Chicago and first settler of Wilmette and Evanston. Born near Montreal, Canada, he came to Chicago in 1790 and worked for John Kinzie. Some time after 1826 and prior to 1829, Ouilmette moved to Gross Point (Evanston-Wilmette area), inhabiting land ceded to his Indian wife in the 1829 treaty with the Pottawatomi at Prairie du Chien.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 670
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue