The history and traditions of the Chippewa Valley

History, Tradition and Adventure in the Chippewa Valley

William Bartlett produced this eclectic history of the Chippewa Valley drawn from newspaper articles, personal reminscences, photographs, and interviews with residents of the area. Of particular note are the reminiscences of Mrs. Julia Spears (pgs 54-55, 114-122) who describes the horrific journey to Sandy Lake, Minnesota, in which about 400 Ojibwe perished (for more information, see Turning Points topic "Treaty Councils"). Other important people who figure prominently in his book include Indian interpreter Benjamin Armstrong (1820-1900) and fur trader Jean Brunet (1791-1877). Bartlett also provides single articles on many other aspects of local history including the fur trade, hunting, the Civil War eagle "Old Abe," and the lumber industry. There is a lesson plan based on this document.

Related Topics: Early Native Peoples
Explorers, Traders, and Settlers
Territory to Statehood
Wisconsin in the Civil War Era
Mining, Logging, and Agriculture
Arrival of the First Europeans
The French Fur Trade
Early U.S. Settlement
Treaty Councils, from Prairie du Chien to Madeline Island
The Iron Brigade, Old Abe and Military Affairs
Logging and Forest Products
Creator: Bartlett, William W.
Pub Data: Eau Claire, Wis: the author, 1929. (F587 C5 B2)
Citation: Bartlett, William W. History, tradition and adventure in the Chippewa Valley. ( Eau Claire, Wis. : The author, 1929). Online facsimile at Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 2/7/2023