Monument to Chief Oshkosh – Oshkosh, Wisconsin (1918)

Mrs. S. J. Whybrew lived in North Crandon, Wisconsin.

North Crandon, and the small city of Crandon, are located in northeast Wisconsin.

The area remains a home of several indigenous peoples.,_Wisconsin

In June of 1918, Mrs. Whybrew received a postcard from her daughter.

The daughter, Cora, lived in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Oshkosh is a city in east central Wisconsin, it grew up as a center of the lumber industry.,_Wisconsin

The face of the postcard is a photograph of a monument to Chief Oshkosh.

Chief Oshkosh was the leader of the Menominee People whose skillful persuasion and wise leadership preserved the tribal inheritance of forestry and fishing.

Today, the Menominee are one of the few American tribes that still occupy their traditional homeland.

The Monument was erected in 1911 by the editor of a local newspaper who credited Chief Oshkosh with giving a name to the city.

In the early 21st century, additional plaques were added to the monument to tell of the critical importance of Chief Oshkosh to the preservation of tribal traditions and culture.

This postcard photograph was published by E. A. Bishop of Racine, Wisconsin.

On the reverse of the postcard, Cora reports the activities that prevented her from sending a letter – a baccalaureate address and Children’s Day exercises.

Additionally, the arrival of Miss Malbury (?) and Miss McD. has not been confirmed, so Cora does not know when she can depart for home.

The message suggests that Cora may be a schoolteacher.

One hopes that all the impediments to Cora’s letter-writing and to her leaving were removed – and that Cora and her mother were able to meet in person.


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