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Albert Ralph Yellow Thunder Jr. (1916 - 1957)

Chief Albert Ralph Yellow Thunder Jr. aka Thunder
Born in Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Pittsville, Wood, Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 25 Aug 2019
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Albert Yellow Thunder Jr. was a Native American and member of the Ho-Chunk tribe.

Contents

Biography

Birth

Albert was born on 15 Mar 1916 in Wisconsin, and was the son of Albert Yellow Thunder, Sr..

Education

In 1930, he and his brother Albert were students at the Tomah Indian School, La Grange Township, Monroe County, Wisconsin. (1930 census)

Occupation

On 24 Nov 1948, he was hired as a tracker by the Chicago and North Western Railroad. (Records)

Military Service

A veteran of WWII, with the rank of Tec-5 in the U.S. Army. (Internment.net)

Children

Albert had the following children:

Dester Ralph
Albert Ralph, III
Barbara

Sports

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)

Death

Event

He died on 15 Feb 1957 in Pittsville, Wisconsin (Portage Daily Register), of a heart attack. (Sheboygan Press)

Burial

Albert is buried in Plot 43–06, Spring Grove Cemetery, Wisconsin Dells, Columbia County, Wisconsin, USA. (Find a Grave, Internment.net)

Sources

  • 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.
  • Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune] (Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin), 13 Feb 1935, 21 Feb 1935.
  • 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.
  • Chicago and North Western Railroad Employee Records. Chicago & North Western Historical Society, Berwyn, Illinois.
  • 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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