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Skeleton Found On Battle Ground

Source: Minocqua Times, June 1, 1928

the skeleton found southeast of Rhinelander this week and which was turned over to District Attorney Earl Kennedy and Sheriff Lloyd Brooker may have been the bones of an Indian brave killed many years ago in a battle between the Winnebago and Chippewa tribes, according to information given the News today by B.N.Moran.

Mr. Moran recalls that about 1891, he started an exploration trip over state lands which had just been opened up near this city.

He was accompanied by an Indian, Joe St.Germaine, and one night they camped along the Pelican river near the spot where a highway crew uncovered the skeleton this week. All during the night Mr. Moran recalls the Indian was restless and failed to sleep well.

Next morning St.Germaine explained that they had camped near the site of the battle between the Winnebago and the Chippewa tribes, and that many his relatives had been killed in the fight. For this reason, he had been unable to sleep during the night he told Mr. Moran.

The incident was practically forgotten by Mr.Moran until the skelton was found last week, and became the subject of much discussion and speculation here.

The New would like to hear from any other person, who recalls having heard of Indian battles southeast of the city.--Rhinelander Daily News.

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