City of Pontiac 100 years old - Oliver Williams mention

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Pontiac boulder at Orchard Lake nongahcia river near fort Du Quesne. in which the lir.frHsh gec-cral, gec-cral, gec-cral, Braddoek. was defeated and forced irto rout. And had it not been for the heroism and skill of i.eoi-EO i.eoi-EO i.eoi-EO Washington, on ; r Brad-dock Brad-dock Brad-dock a ofSt-rs, ofSt-rs, ofSt-rs, the KritrHph would i.'t.itsK ia e r-ceit r-ceit r-ceit wiced out. this the papoose Pontiac, t?Ver , since. In those da they muitiing blocks nor toy automobiles r a, -achems -achems baby to play with. J ho Infant i'ontiac probably would have thrown them away, anywav and cried for little tomahawks and scnlpinjr knives. For when he grew up i'ontiac became thJ greatest warrior in all the annals ol tli- tli- Indians, Indians, I'art of Algonquin Tribe. The Ottawa Indians were a part " the Alironquln savage family, l he AlKonniims were hunters, ro- ro- inn Tracers. Half ot the year Hved in nlrnlv nn.l n!noM oi:t when winter came the starved :. froze. They were quite unlike th- th- other wreat family of Indians, the Iroquois. The Iroquois lived in Now or!c state, while all around them north, outh, east and west were the Alponquins In far greater greater numbers. Hut the Iroquois had :unhle towns and vi'1I:ikos and depended depended upon agriculture mostlv for their supplies; and they were so powerful and ferocious that all other Indians stood in fear of them. it it ffai a n Algonquin, I'ont iac. yy roe to greatest fame in Jndian history. Duriiic 1'onliac's bovhood i-'ra i-'ra i-'ra nee was the great white power in -North -North America. Tho Knulijih occupied ihe eastern and soul h eastern sections. Tho India-ns India-ns India-ns and the French ant along- along- very well . together. The 1- 1- rench encouraged tbe Indians in the fur industry and traded with them. Many Frenchmen married Indian women. Ttecttmc Ottavrn Chief. When J'ontiae was grown to manhood manhood ho becitnc- becitnc- a chief of the Ottawa Ottawa Indians, as his father had boon. That wan not rnstomarv, for chieftainship did not. as a rule, descend descend from father to son. but passed from the chief to his brother or to his sister's son. But Pontiac possessed possessed intellect and strength, was brave and cloauent and commanding; commanding; and he became a chief. In 1741. some northern tribes made an attack on Fort Detroit, and Pontiac Pontiac led the Ottawas and the Ojih-wra Ojih-wra Ojih-wra acatnst them with the French and the attack was repulsed. A few years later war broke out between between th;- th;- Knglish and tho French. And Pontine went on the warpath again for ihe French and led the Ottawas in the battle of the Mo- Mo- tracts of land from thorn without payment. The fur trade practicallv ceaaed. Discontent and hatred reigned among: the Indians, the Iroquois Iroquois alone being not affected, with the exception of their Seneca branch. The savages wished the I rench were back in power and that ""u,: uu iu e restored. the Indians and terrible slaughter or the settlers all over the land ensued. ensued. I'ontiac laid siege to Fort Detroit for a long time, but was bnntpn Legends say that Pontiac made hii headquarters ln the Drohnrri Tjii region between Detroit and Poulr after his failure to take Fort Detroit. Detroit. A boulder and tablet, commemorating commemorating tho legends are to be seen at Orchard Lilte. Fort Pitt also also held out. Kventually the Eug-lirh Eug-lirh Eug-lirh gained the upper hand and many tribes forsook their allegiance tX i'ontiac. Finally, in August, 17i5. he smoked the pipe of peace with British representatives at Detroit, Detroit, and the war was at an end. Pontiac went to the Maumee river again with his squaws and children and built'a wigwam there and lived And was that the star ofia.s a hunter for-a for-a for-a considerable pe i'ontiac reached its zenith. Pontiac was ambitious. The French had showered honors upon him. Uut tlie rnplish had conquered them. and had wrecked his hopes or becoming an Indian prince under the French King, so Pontiac professed friendship friendship for the English, thinking- thinking- that he might possibly be regarded bv them as a great man and be given ntlcrship over many tribes. But the J',nglish scorned him. Then Pontiac planned and started the great Indian Indian war against the English known in history as the Conspiracy of I'ontiac. I'ontiac. I'ontiac was a savage, but he grasped the idea that by using- using- the almost universal hatred of the Eng- Eng- """ "itn-ii "itn-ii "itn-ii vx.!!itcu amonc me riod. In April, 17B9, Pontiac went to St. Louis, and a few days after his arrival arrival there he attended a drinkimr bout at a little hamlet across tiip river, named Cahokia. and while there was murdered bv a savage of the Kaskaskia tribe of Illinois Indians. Indians. An English trader, named llliamson. bribed tho savage to murder Pontiac. In venireanee for the murder thousands of Indians of many tribes made war upon the Illinois Illinois Indians and nearly exterminated exterminated them. ItoehcHter Olilcxt Onklnnd Town. There used to be a grand old tree v..".. iiiur ,iui'i inuc v"-1-1' v"-1-1' v"-1-1' v"-1-1' v"-1-1' 111 oiiliuc. Known as on 'l ."M non wiin mm in war against the British. His Idea was that upon a given day the Indians a a at ; : by treachery, to train Admis sion to twelve forts garrisoned bv the English. ;ind then massacre all within: after which t lie tribes were to murder men, women and children verywhero who would he left without without the protection of soldiers En ouMfwd by Frencfc. The French onri-.nrni-.irf onri-.nrni-.irf onri-.nrni-.irf onri-.nrni-.irf onri-.nrni-.irf rnti.... in this idea. Pontiac sent emissaries emissaries far and wide to tribes, urging .lliein io join him. He went in person person to a great number of tribes and he successfully organized a mighty throng of turbulent, unstable unstable savages into a unit. Among the forts Pontiac planned to take were Ft. Detroit, Ft. Pitt. Ft. Quon-tonon. Quon-tonon. Quon-tonon. Ft. Miami, Ft. Sanduskv Ft Mlchilliamckinac and Ft. 'St. Joseph. Pontine fhnort the attack on Ft. Detroit. un tne day appointed. May C. 1763, the war began. Legends say that an Ojlbwa Indian girl gave Major Cladwyn. commander of Fort Detroit, Detroit, warning. It is true that he received warning from some source and he frustrated Pont iac. design to gain the fort by strategem. Fort 1 itl was also warned and escaped All the other forts were taken' by his min. merican Beauty The beat iron made first cost is unimportant. Results Buy an electric iron for what it do for the service it will render and years it will last. sturdy construction of 'flmeiicen Beauty-irons Beauty-irons assure the same satisfactory service years of use as upon the day of Manufactured by Electrical Heater Company, Detroit and Largeit Exclusive Maker.. Eatebluhed 1894. A tiac's Tree." Beneath this tree 1 iiac i.s sam to nave held manv conferences conferences with his braves. The tree was blown down' some years ago The name. I'ontiac. means chief; and Pontiac was truly worthy of hit name. I'ontiac folks who gn to the Oakland Oakland theater on South Saginaw street, may not know that 1U3 years n. ruugn mg caoin, the tlrst structure in Pontiac, was built on this site. But it ia true, and a bronze tablet on the theater building building briefly tells the storv. And ir they will stand on the bridge over the Clinton river, another bronze tablet will tell them that here where the electric cars and motor trucks now rattle noisily, tho Indian, Indian, passing on horse-back horse-back horse-back over the old Saginaw trail, used to ford the river, perhaps stopping iu reat himself and pony in the heat of the day. or dismounting to make his camp. Form Pontine t'cmipanj. in 181 1 James Graham an sons. Alexander and Ben went exploring and reached w' now Oakland county. They were greatly pleased with th country. I he- he- returned to Detroit and later in the same year, in company with hristopher Hartsough. they traveled traveled back iio the new land and settled In it. and from their settlement settlement grew the village of Rochester. Rochester. John Hersoy, a prominent man ol that time, oon after joined the tirahams and Hartsough. But Pontiac Pontiac s time was soon coming. . In 1818, Major Oliver Williams journeyed into the beautiful region and went back to Detroit singing its praises loudly. Then in the fall 'f that year there was incorporated In Detroit an organization known as the Pontiac com pan v. having as its members William Woodbridge Colonel Stephen Mack. Solomon Sibley. Sibley. John I,. Whiting. Austin E. Wing. David C. McKinstry, Benjamin Benjamin Stead. Henry I, Hunt. Abraham Edwards. Archibald Darragh. General General Alexander McC.omh; Andrew O W hiring. William Thompson, Daniel Daniel (..-Roy (..-Roy (..-Roy and .lames Fulton. The organization named itself in honor of the ,:;diari warrior Pontiac nnrt purposed to found a village in land and bestow upon it nnme. TllCV werr i.iftn- i.iftn- . "im ii in n-'ir n-'ir n-'ir rnoice of a name ! partly in trihtite ,n tn rPfJ mon.' larch and partly because many of iPontlae-y iPontlae-y iPontlae-y followers of the Ottawa ; trine nvc, in n,r region: most of 1 it ; t!i ! the about Orchard Sold by Dealers and Electrical Companies Everywhere. hem being i-lustered i-lustered i-lustered lake. The Poni iac company bought of the I'nited States government l.2tn acres of land in whnt is now t h o heart of Pontiac, paving down SUO. SuhscTiient pn vments were tnadf until a total of Si. ton was paid for the tract of land. Business frontage frontage and home lots have :i different valuation in Pontiac nowadays. The Pontiac company hat s-lecffd s-lecffd s-lecffd a site for iti village when the company was organized. And -ne -ne reason why Pontiac began where i; did was because at this point .n oM Indian trail fr.-m fr.-m fr.-m Saginaw to Ue-troit. Ue-troit. Ue-troit. known ns the S;gin;"v tr-.M tr-.M tr-.M inrerrccled the Clinton riv.-ailed riv.-ailed riv.-ailed the Huron river of st A not her fisiv was b-ca b-ca b-ca uj;.- uj;.- here the riv-r riv-r riv-r WE.W .f s,,eh ;i nature a make tbi.-j tbi.-j tbi.-j one of the hst noint building. The Indian name rl v-r v-r v-r war Not tn -; -; -sefper. -sefper. "Crooked river," then for da for the mean ing SOLD BY HOME APPLIANCES CO. MAIN 8121 Kimt spdifrs In IS1P. f n Jiniiar., IS?!, s e 1 1 1 e rs ca m e from Detroit and made the. cabin their first Pontine home. Th-se Th-se Th-se -jf-tfers -jf-tfers -jf-tfers -jf-tfers were Oris--n Oris--n Oris--n Oris--n Alien. William T, ester. Major J .!. Ti.dij and their families. making. with Colonel Mack. 14 persons in all, men, women women and children, who squeezed into into the cabin. The cabin was the home of the 1 1 until A;ril, hy wh irh time ,-, ,-, ,-, company store a nil other log dwellings were built, and the pioneers ceased to be sardines In n hm. The company store was a triple lo-- lo-- lo-- cabin and was situated nti Perry street near tho Centr? I Methodist -hiireh -hiireh Another infi-ni infi-ni infi-ni Pontiac wag in the world: this tunc not a. panooie brt a pioneer village. Agriculture g!t n earlv start in the comrouni'v fo' Mrt.itr Todd walked to a seltlf-mfnt seltlf-mfnt seltlf-mfnt near Mt. Clemens and pnt in a dav there splitting rails and received received as pay a bushel of potatoes He walked hack to Pontiac with ui day's pay. and the settlors fen Hied upon the potatoes after Major Todd had cut out the eyes and planted ; hem. In lft?i) a flour mill- mill- was put up and equipped and this was such an important enterprise, that upon its completion a great celebration wan held. A party of prominent men among them being General Casa came out from Detroit to attend tho festivities. In 1820. Oakland county was organized organized and shortly after Pontiac was named as the eountv seat. The white population of the county was About the time when the Pontiac company built Un first long cabin (Continued on Page Five.)

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  1. Detroit Free Press,
  2. 07 Aug 1921, Sun,
  3. Page 63

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