Oliver LaMere
Privacy Level: Open (White)

Oliver Conąkehųka F. LaMere (1879 - 1930)

Oliver Conąkehųka F. LaMere
Born in Dakota Territory, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 26 Jan 1901 in Winnebago, Thurston, Nebraska, United Statesmap
Husband of — married 2 Nov 1908 (to 23 Mar 1922) in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 13 Sep 2019
This page has been accessed 313 times.
Oliver LaMere was a Native American and member of the Ho-Chunk tribe.
Notables Project
Oliver LaMere is Notable.

Contents

Biography

Name

Jipson says, "His Winnebago name is Cho-non-ka-honk-ka, meaning 'Bear Clan Chief'." Cho-non-ka-honk-ka is for Conąkehųka, from Co-nąke, an old name for the Bear Clan, literally meaning, "Blue Back"; hųk, "chief"; and -ka, a definite article suffix used in personal names. The name therefore means, "Bear Clan Chief," a name of that clan given to first born males.

Birth

According to the 1910 census (family 304), he was born in South Dakota.

Marriages

The 1900 census records Oliver as having been a widower, so it may be that he married quite young, but his first wife (unknown name) died shortly thereafter. A marriage certificate shows that he married Jessie White (Greenhair) on 26 January 1901, when she was 19 years old. Oliver married his second wife Emma Rave on 2 November 1908. (Marriage Rec.)

Children

Oliver LaMere had the following children with Jessie Greenhair-White:

Name Birth-Death
Francis E. 26 Oct 1896
Laura E. 2 Oct 1901
Pearl 2 Dec 1905

After the death of Jessie, he married Emma Rave in 1908. They had the following children:

Name Birth-Death
Frederick Maxwell 12 July 1910 - 4 May 1988
Olive Lavinia 26 Feb 1911
Eve 9 Dec 1912
Beatrice Eileen 12 Nov 1914
Homer 23 Aug 1916 - 9 Apr 1922
William Earl 1 Jan 1918 - 29 Nov 1990
Mary 21 Mar 1922 - 21 Mar 1922

Emma died in 1922.

Religion

Oliver LaMere was a respected member of the Native American Church, as this newspaper article attests:

Epperson's committee on miscellaneous subjects is pondering
on a proposal to amend the constitution by prohibiting the
sale of peyote. The committee did not know what peyote was
until a delegation of Omaha and Winnebago Indians appeared
to protest against the proposed prohibition. ... Oliver Lamere,
Late Rave and other Win[n]ebago Indians urged the committee
to kill the proposal. ... Some Indians had to voice their opposition
thru an interpreter. (Evening State Journal)

Cultural Achievements

Jipson (257) says,

Oliver was born in 1879. He lived in Winnebago nearly all his
life. His Winnebago name is Cho-non-ka-honk-ka, meaning
'Bear Clan Chief.' In 1907 he was employed to secure information
for Dr. Paul Radin of the United States Bureau of Ethnology, a
position which he held for four years. He collected practically
all the information for Dr. Radin’s book on the Winnebagoes,
and during the period accompanied Dr. Radin to New York and
Washington. He is probably the best informed man now living on
the subjects of Winnebago religion, mythology and folk-lore.

McAnulty (144) adds,

Oliver laMere, Angel DeCora's cousin, wrote several books and
articles concerning Winnebago mythology and legends, including
Winnebago Stories published in 1928. His article, "Winnebago
Legends-the Thunder, the Eagle, and War Clans," was published
in The Wisconsin Archaeologist of 1922. During his career he was
an interpreter, a Winnebago tribal councilman, and vice president
of the Grand Council of North American Indians. He was also a
member of the Society of American Indians, as was Angel, and came
to know and admire her in that context. On the occasion of her death
in 1919, he prepared a memorial calendar in her honor.

Death

He died 30 Jul 1930, presumably in Winnebago, Thurston County, Nebraska. He is buried at Saint Augustine Mission Cemetery, Winnebago, Thurston County, Nebraska. (Find a Grave)

Sources

  • Norton William Jipson, Story of the Winnebagoes (Chicago: The Chicago Historical Society, 1923). This is an unpublished typescript.
  • Sarah McAnulty, "Angel DeCora: American Indian Artist and Educator," Nebraska History, 57 (1976): 142-199.
  • 1900 Federal Census Place: Winnebago, Thurston, Nebraska; Page: 28; Enumeration District: 0187 (Winnebago Precinct); FHL microfilm: 1240941. United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.
  • Iowa Marriage Records, 1880–1922. Iowa Department of Public Health; Des Moines, Iowa; Volume: 434 (Muscatine - Wright). Textual Records. State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa. No. 97-7007, p. 50, line 11921.
  • 1910 Indian census; Roll: M595_664; Page: 23; Line: 13; Agency: Winnebago. Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M595, 692 rolls); Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Record Group 75; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • 1920 Indian census; Roll: M595_665; Page: 28; Line: 16; Agency: Winnebago. Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M595, 692 rolls); Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Record Group 75; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • 1922 Indian census; Roll: M595_665; Page: 30; Line: 5; Agency: Winnebago. Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M595, 692 rolls); Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Record Group 75; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • 1925 Indian census; Roll: M595_666; Page: 31; Line: 8; Agency: Winnebago. Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M595, 692 rolls); Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Record Group 75; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • Nebraska, Marriage Records, 1855-1908. State Library and Archives, Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln, Nebraska. County of Thurston, Marriage Certificate #336.
  • The Evening State Journal and Lincoln Daily News, Lincoln, Nebraska, Wednesday, February 4, 1920, p. 8.
  • Find A Grave, database and images (accessed 9 January 2020), memorial page for Oliver F LaMere (2 Feb 1879–30 Jul 1930), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11500781, citing Saint Augustine Mission Cemetery, Winnebago, Thurston County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by kmapp (contributor 46799577) .


More Genealogy Tools



Sponsored Search




Is Oliver your ancestor? Please don't go away!
 star icon Login to collaborate or comment, or
 star icon ask our community of genealogists a question.
Sponsored Search by Ancestry.com

DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Oliver by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage (beta) of DNA with Oliver:

Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

Sponsored by Ancestry ®

Family History Search.

Simplified.

Enter a grandparent's name. Just one grandparent can lead you to many discoveries.

Comments

Leave a message for others who see this profile.
There are no comments yet.
Login to post a comment.

L  >  LaMere  >  Oliver Conąkehųka F. LaMere

Categories: Ho-Chunk | Nebraska, Notables | Notables