Two Kettles Oct 15, 2011 15:47:28 GMT -5
Post by swiftbird659 on Oct 15, 2011 15:47:28 GMT -5
Chief Swift Bird or Flying Bird aka Alexander La Chapelle was born in 1832 on Chapelle Creek, Dakota Territory. This creek takes it`s name from his father a well known french fur trader. It was also called Smoke Creek by Lewis and Clark. It empties into the Missourri River at the Big Bend Reservoir historical site number 338.2, Chapelle Creek and historical site number 338.1, De Grey Post Office. Swift Bird`s father was David La Chapelle. The Chapelle`s were natives of Montreal. The real name was Janot. David was the grandson of the then famous Bazile Janot La Chapelle of french Canadian decent. Bazile was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1741 and married Marie Elizabeth Choquet in 1767. They moved to Kaskaskia, Illinois in 1770. Bazile was one of the principle early settlers of the island of Kaskaskia where he played an important role as a citizen in his community for 30 years, 1770-1801. Bazile and Elizabeth Janot La Chapelle both died in the year 1844 and were laid to rest in the Garrison Hill Cemetary, Randolph County Illinois. David La Chapelle came to Dakota Territory around 1828 during the peak of the early fur trade. He was an employee of the American Fur Company. David married a sioux woman from the Two Kettle Band and made their home at the mouth of Chapelle Creek. The north and south branches of Chapelle Creek are named for this well known trader/trapper. This area later became known as De Grey Township. The town`s name originates from it`s first settler Charles De Grey who worked for the American Fur Company. He was the mixed blood son of French Canadian Philip De Grey and a half breed Indian woman. Philip was an employee of the Northwest Company. Charles was born near Omaha Nebraska in 1823. He married Mary Louise Picotte, De Grey, Van Stolen the daughter of Henry or Honoree Picotte and Matilda Galpin aka Eagle Woman Who All Look At, at Fort Pierre and they settled on a site at the mouth of Chapelle Creek. This is the site which later became known as De Grey Post Office. Charles` daughter Theresa married Henry L. Jones in 1875. Henry was appointed the first Post Master on Feburary 13, 1886. David`s wife being of Arikkara or Ree in origin. Her father was a notable Chief who had been an active player in the Sioux/Ree Wars 1750-1794. David La Chapelle was a whitness to the accidental death of Thomas Lestang Sarpy on Jan. 19, 1832. Mr. David La Chapelle and the ordeals of his fellow fur traders or trappers are mentioned in a book titled Reflections of the Badlands by Philip S. Hall. He states the following on the untimely death of Mr. Thomas Sarpy. "The Oglala post was built in 1827 near the mouth of Rapid Creek at the north west corner of the Badlands. Thomas Sarpy was in charge. Sarpy and to assistants were organizing the storeroom on Jan. 19, 1832, when a candle was knocked into a keg of gun powder. The resulting explosion injured Pierre Herbert and Francois Broit and killed Mr. Thomas Sarpy. David La Chapelle immediately rebuilt the post and Colin Cambell was placed in charge. Trading apparently went on without interruption" David La Chapelle died in the summer of 1876. Swift Bird was a member of the Fool Soldier Society or Crazy Band. In November of 1862, this band was involved in the rescue of the white captives that were taken from Lake Shitake (Shetek/Shetak) in Minnesota, and were held prisoner by Chief White Lodge. The Fool Soldiers were able to negotiate their release and escape unharmed with the captives. This was the famous Swift Bird known for being a couragous supporter of Martin Charger and his new Society/Fool Soldier Band. He was a sort of historian especially informed about the areas of Chapelle Creek, Old Fort Pierre and Swift Bird Creek located in central South Dakota. His maternal grandfather, having lived in the vicinity prior to 1800 was able to inform Swift Bird personally of information related to what was known as the invasion of the Missouri River Region by the Sioux. Swift Bird and several other old men of the tribe also agreed that the Sioux or Teton did not cross the Missouri River until around 1760. Chief Swift Bird or Flying Bird lived with his band along Swift Bird Creek (named for him), also known as Swift Creek. It empies into the Missourri River at historical site number 464.2, M.R.S.(137), NE1/4 sec. 9, T. 13 N, R. 31 E. On this creek there was a site known as Swift Bird Camp or Agency, established around 1879 when he officially moved his band west of the Missouri River. It was located just 7 miles north of the newly established Cheyenne River Agency III. Chief Swift Bird considered it a great achievment to have a school for his own people in his camp. Swift Bird Day School No. 4 was reported in sesion an average of 210 days per year for the years 1884-1892. Annual report for this school in the year of 1891 was "excellent work is done in this school. This day school is one of the oldest in the Cheyenne River Agency and should be continued". It was home to one of the more famous of government school teachers, Miss Corabelle Fellows. She taught from sept. 1887 to May 1888. Miss Fellows describes Swift Bird as a wise chief who had told her he had evaluated the white man`s education and that of his own manner of living, after he decided that both were superior to his own. This village was called a camp but it had very few lodges and tents. Most families lived in log homes with framed roofs or well built frame structures. Corrabelle Fellows married Chaska or Samuel Cambell on Mar. 15, 1888. Their marriage caused national notoriety for them and they soon accepted speaking offers and went on a nation tour. Swift Bird Calvary Episopal Church and Swift Bird Calvary Cemetary were both located in Swift Bird`s Camp. Their many friends and supporters have provided the funding for a chapel at the Calvary Station in Swift Bird`s settlement. Swift Bird`s clergy consisted of 37 members. There were 14 confirmations for the year 1888. Catechist for the Calvary Mission was Stephan Togola. Swift Bird was married twice, one wife was Sara Ghost Face RS-761.5, 1841-1902. There were two children born of this marriage, Ada Swift Bird CRU, 1865-1898 and Water Swift Bird CR-42, 1870-1932. The other wife was Lucy CR-2711, 1836-1916. Five children were born of this marriage, Angeline Swift Bird CR-2699, 1861-1938, Virginia Swift Bird CR-2702, 1867-1932, Louise Swift Bird CRU, 1868-1893, Edith CRU, 1870-1889 and Hattie CRU, 1876-1894. Chief Swift Bird died on July 06, 1905 on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.