Indians to Hold Council

Aged Pair, for 40 Years Keepers of Indian Cemetery on Point, Will Fight Plan to Expel Them From Their Home
From: The Duluth News Tribune  - September 7, 1914

View of Graveyard, with Charles Drew, Mrs. & Mr. Joe Levearsh.

 After living in a little hut locate near the old Indian Graveyard on Wisconsin Point for more than 40 years, Mr. & Mrs. Joe Levearsh, an Indian couple, are now called upon to leave their home on account of the advance of commercialism.

  Officials of the Interstate Railroad Company claim title to the land and wish to use it for business purposes. Besides forcing the old Indian couple off of the land, all of the graves must be removed.
  Levearsh, who is 70 years old, has acted as guardian of the graveyard ever since he built his home on the point. Being an Indian and superstitious, he considers this a bad omen and claims he will never leave the place.

  Nine sons have been born in the little house and now provide for their aged parents. Besides owning the lot near the graveyard, which he clams by 'squatter's rights,' Levearsh owns 80 acres of timberland near Cloquet.

  Considerable opposition to the plan of removing the bodies and forcing the Levearsh from his old home has been raised by Superior Indians. Led by Charles Drew, a nephew of Levearsh, they have organized and intend to fight the proposition to the last ditch.

  "I will die fighting," says Drew. "All of the Indians believe as I do and I don't think that Cross, the Indian Agent, can produce the papers to show where the land was given to the railroad company."

  Drew is of hardy stock and looks like he is able to follow up his claim. He has never touched liquor or tobacco in his life. Recently the Indians have met in the St. Francis parish hall. Last night they called a meeting to hear Solon Perrin, attorney for the Interstate Railroad Company, who was going to present the papers.

  The hall was locked and Perrin failed to make an appearance. The 40 redskins present called a meeting on the street corner and discussed the matter.

Article contributed by:
Timm Severud
Winter, Wisconsin
Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Historical Preservation Office - Archivist (Volunteer)
LCO Hydroelectric Facility Manager