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STATEMENT OF MARY ARBUCKLE

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Date: 20 Sep 1909
Location: Shell Lake, Wisconsinmap
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COMMITTEE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS, UNITED STATES SENATE, Shell Lake, Wis., September 20, 1909. Page 628

STATEMENT OF MARY ARBUCKLE. MARY ARBUCKLE, a Bad River Indian, having been first duly sworn by the chairman, testified as follows: Mrs. ARBUCKLE. My name was Mary Laguè before I was married. The CHAIRMAN. Where were you born? Mrs. ARBUCKLE. I was born up to Marion. The CHAIRMAN. In Minnesota. Mrs. ARBUCKLE. Yes, sir. The CHAIRMAN. You are of Indian blood? Mrs. ARBUCKLE. Yes; I am a half breed. The CHAIRMAN. Of what tribe ? Mrs. ARBUCKLE. Well, the La Pointe tribe. That is what we belonged to. The CHAIRMAN. La Pointe band of Chippewa Indians ? Mrs. ARBUCKLE. My mother was born there. She was raised there and married there. The CHAIRMAN. What was her name? Mrs. ARBUCKLE. Charlotte Cadot. Her father was Gus Cadot, and he used to keep the trading posts all over there—La Pointe and Superior. He used to trade with the Indians all the time. Of course, my mother, she was quite young when her mother died. After her mother died then the old folks took her. Then the old folks died, and they put her in the missionary school. Then she was married from there to a man by the name of Lague. The CHAIRMAN. Where was she married? Mrs. ARBUCKLE. At La Pointe. The CHAIRMAN. And then afterwards they went down to Marion? Mrs. ARBUCKLE. Yes, sir. The CHAIRMAN. Did they live there long? Mrs. ARBUCKLE. No, sir; I was not a year old when they moved there. They moved up to the Falls. The CHAIRMAN. St. Croix Falls? Mrs. ARBUCKLE. Yes; St. Croix Falls on the Wisconsin. The CHAIRMAN. On the Wisconsin side? Mrs. ARBUCKLE. Yes ; the Wisconsin side. The CHAIRMAN. HOW long did they live there ? Mrs. ARBUCKLE. They stayed there until I was quite a girl. I guess I must have been about The CHAIRMAN. Where did you move to then? Mrs. ARBUCKLE. From there we—well, we lived there on along until she raised her family, and then we were on a farm a little ways from there. The CHAIRMAN. How long have you lived here at Odanah? Mrs. ARBUCKLE. Well, it is going on eight months since we moved up here. The CHAIRMAN. And you moved up from St. Croix Falls? Mrs. ARBUCKLE. No; from Shell Lake; about 11 miles from Shell Lake we had our farm, and we sold our farm. The CHAIRMAN. Is your husband a white man?. Mrs. ARBUCKLE. Yes, sir; he is a white man. The CHAIRMAN. And you have never been put on the rolls here ? No, sir; not here, but in Shell Lake; there was an agent there, and he called up all of the Indians, you know, there that belonged there. The CHAIRMAN. That was Mr. Allen, Wasn't it ? Mrs. ARBUCKLE. Yes, sir. That belonged up here, and so The CHAIRMAN. Have you ever applied to the council or committee up here? Mrs. ARBUCKLE. No, sir ; I did not. I Was going to. I came down here when they Were holding the council, of course, and I asked about it. The CHAIRMAN. Your name is on the Allen list. Mrs. ARBUCKLE. Yes; it was down there. The CHAIRMAN. That is all, I guess. Mrs. ARBUCKLE. So they didn't have time to bother with me, they were putting down other names, and I have got my two girls I would like to put on. The CHAIRMAN. Aren't they on the Allen list? Mrs. ARBUCKLE. Yes, sir ; I think they are. Here is the paper that was made out [producing a paper]. The CHAIRMAN. All you can do here is to give this evidence. If they are on the Allen list then they will follow whatever becomes of the Allen list, probably. We can't do anything except take the evidence. Mrs. ARBUCKLE. I think they are. The CHAIRMAN. Are your girls married? Mrs. ARBUCKLE. Yes, sir; two girls married. Only one now, and the other one is a widow. She lost her husband. The CHAIRMAN. What Was your daughter's husband's name? . Mrs. ARBUCKLE. Ferguson, and one is named Nell Powers. That is the oldest girl. I didn't have them all on, I don't think. One was John Arbuckle, one Matty Arbuckle, the other one was Joe, the other Lizzie, one Ledy Arbuckle, and Mary Arbuckle. I don't know whether he put them all on or not. The CHAIRMAN. Was Ben Lague a member of your family? Mrs. ARBUCKLE. He is a brother of mine. The CHAIRMAN. Do you know where he is enrolled ? Mrs. ARBUCKLE. Well, I know he was at White Earth, but I haven't heard since. I don't know what he is doing there. I haven't heard from him for years, only What I get from other people that goes over there. The CHAIRMAN. That is all, I think.





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