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Volume Listing > Volume 05 > Jean Brunet, Chippewa Valley pioneer

Bartlett, William W. "Jean Brunet, Chippewa Valley pioneer"


Jean Brunet, Chippewa Valley Pioneer: Brunet (1791-1877) came to Wisconsin in 1820, where he married into the family of Prairie du Chien trader Joseph Rolette (1781-1842). The article discusses his life at Prairie du Chien, 1820-1837, including the 1824 murder of John Findley by Ojibwe warriors at Lake Pepin, and Brunet's civic offices. Most of the essay, however, concerns his activities in the logging industry of the Chippewa Valley, beginning with an 1836 trip there. It details his residence at Chippewa Falls in 1843 and his next three decades operating a hostelry for lumberjacks, Chippewa Co. It details his family life, friendly relations with local Indians, and includes long excerpts from memoirs by Mrs. Gustave Robert, a daughter of his partner Francis Gauthier (died 1880), who grew up in the Brunet household in the woods. (9 pages)

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Citation: Bartlett, William W. "Jean Brunet, Chippewa Valley pioneer" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 05 /Issue: 1 (1921-1922)

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