The death of Father Rene Menard.

Concerning the Mission to the Ottawa and the Saintly Death of Father Rene Menard...

Chapter viii of the 1662-1663 Jesuit Relation provides the only contemporary evidence of the death of Fr. Rene Menard (in vol. 48, pp. 115-143, of the work linked here). An unidentified correspondent reports on the hardships Fr. Menard and his companions faced, and describes the conditions of the country. On pp. 120-121 is one of the earliest descriptions of wild rice, and how Wisconsin Indians harvested and used it.

Related Topics: Explorers, Traders, and Settlers
Mining, Logging, and Agriculture
Arrival of the First Europeans
Wild Rice Harvesting
Creator: Lalemant, Jérome, 1593-1673.
Pub Data: Paris, Sebastien Cramoisy and Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy, Printers in ordinary to the King and Queen, rue St. Jacques, at the Sign of the Storks, DC LXIV [1664]
Citation: Lalemant, Jérome. Relation of What Occurred Most Remarkable in the Missions of the Fathers of the Society of Jesus... 1662 & 1663 (Paris, Sebastien Cramoisy and Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy, 1664) from The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents... ed. by Reuben Gold Thwaites (Cleveland: Burrows Bros. Co., 1896-1901), vol 48: 115-143. Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 1/15/2021