In 1930, he and his brother Albert were students at the Tomah Indian School, La Grange Township, Monroe County, Wisconsin. (1930 census)
On 24 Nov 1948, he was hired as a tracker by the Chicago and North Western Railroad. (Records)
A veteran of WWII, with the rank of Tec-5 in the U.S. Army. (Internment.net)
Albert had the following children:
Albert Ralph, III
When he was 19, boxing as a featherweight (125 lbs.), he fought in the Wisconsin Golden Gloves tournament. (Tribune, 13 Feb 1935) Eight days later, he was knocked out:
“In the second championship novice fight for the featherweight
crown, Bill Sickles of Wisconsin Rapids, weighing 127 to 125 of
Albert Yellow Thunder of Wisconsin Dells, took a poorly received
fight from the Indian after clubbing him about with a few too many
wallops with his elbows on the shorter Indian’s neck. In all it was a
lively, aggressive fight for Sickles and his finish, although blood-wild,
was thoroughly effective and the Indian took the count in the second
for a kayo victory for Sickles.” (Tribune, 21 Feb 1935)
He died on 15 Feb 1957 in Pittsville, Wisconsin (Portage Daily Register), of a heart attack. (Sheboygan Press)
Albert is buried in Plot 43–06, Spring Grove Cemetery, Wisconsin Dells, Columbia County, Wisconsin, USA. (Find a Grave, Internment.net)
Captain Don Saunders, Driftwood and Debris: Riverside Tales of the Dells of Old Wisconsin by the River Guides, 2d ed. (Wisconsin Dells: Wisconsin Dells Events, 1959) 52.
1930 Federal census; Roll: M595_573; Page: 95; Line: 1; Agency: Tomah Indian School. 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.
1937 Indian census; Roll: M595_573; Page: 95; Line: 1; Agency: Tomah Indian School. 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.
Portage Daily Register and Democrat; Publication Date: 18/ Feb/ 1957; Publication Place: Portage, Wisconsin, United States of America.
Find a Grave, database and images (accessed 01 September 2020), memorial page for Albert Ralph Yellow Thunder Jr. (unknown–15 Feb 1957), Find a Grave Memorial no. 133169081, citing Spring Grove Cemetery, Wisconsin Dells, Columbia County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by F Priam (contributor 47754883).
Internment.net > United States > Wisconsin > Columbia County > Spring Grove Cemetery > Surnames U-Z, sub nom. "Yellow Thunder, Chief Albert."
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