By Eliza Morrison

ISBN-10: 0970260628

ISBN-13: 9780970260628

Written in 1894 and lately recovered from the records of the college of Minnesota, this fantastic autobiography tells the tale of a Chippewa–Scots French girl from Madeline Island in Lake stronger. the kid and grandchild of fur investors, Eliza Morrison tells of a tough and lovely lifestyles carved out of the wilderness—the “starving time” together with her husband John on a home in northern Wisconsin; her travels by way of boat, puppy sled, and taking walks; and the enjoyment of constructing maple syrup within the spring. Generously illustrated with images, drawings, and maps, Métis tradition comes alive as local American lore and historical past are mixed with homesteading tales in actual mixed-blood model, giving a 19th-century woman’s view of the Wisconsin loss of life March, the Dream Dance, and the Chippewa-Dakota struggle in addition to a private examine the way of life of a fur buying and selling family members. additionally incorporated is a thesaurus of Chippewa phrases.

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Dies 1897). May 1867: The Morrisons move to Leihy’s farm upriver from Odanah. 24 October 1867: Peter William Morrison born at Odanah. ) 1 October 1868: The Morrisons move to a farm at Souix River. 11 November 1868: Angeline Maggie Charlotte Morrison born at Souix River. ) Fall 1869: The Morrisons move to Bayfield. 00. 29 April 1870: Robert Morrin dies at La Pointe. The Morrisons begin living at La Pointe. 27 September 1870: Ervin Charles “Charlie” Morrison born at La Pointe. ) 12 December 1871: George Joseph Morrison born at La Pointe.

I had my sisters little girl, not big enough to row, [and it was] 3 miles across from my fathers place to Bay Field, what they called the North Channel. In going cross I had to row very hard for fear the wind might rise before I got over. I got over safe. I went to my brothers house as usual, and that afternoon some of my brothers sisters in law was there to his house. I found out through them where Mr John Morrison was. They were camping up the big hill to where the spring is. They are in a tent.

Of course we canot write all what we said. I know we had a nice time while we was there. The next morning we all went to the sugar camp a little way from Mr Leihys house where we made sugar side by side when mother was living. @ Eliza Morrison @# After dinner my husband set to work, me to with my squaw ax, he not knowing much about the sugar bush work. I was almost boss over him. We worked 4 days chopping and fixing up for spring. On the fifth day we went home. My sister and the girls come quite a piece with us.

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