Monthly Archives: May 2017

Wallace and Wallace — part 5

Hudson’s Bay Company store, Winnipeg, Manitoba Col. William R. Wallace noted his (apparently) recent contact or contacts with the “American consul” in Winnipeg in both of his two letters published on March 1st, 1889, in the Spokane Falls Chronicle and … Continue reading

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Wallace and Wallace — part 4(c)

As already noted, the scrip handed out to mixed-blood Sioux was exchangeable for land claims both inside the Sioux Half Breed Tract – which land reverted to the public domain with the July 17, 1854 act – or elsewhere in Minnesota … Continue reading

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Wallace and Wallace — part 4(b)

The federal act exchanging the Half Breed Tract for grants of scrip to eligible mixed-blood Sioux passed into law on July 17, 1854.  Yet, many months would pass before actual scrip certificates were distributed to eligible recipients.  A survey had … Continue reading

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Wallace and Wallace — part 4(a)

I started this little research endeavor when I asked myself the following:  “What the heck is Sioux half-breed scrip?”  Well, this isn’t a bad moment to take up that question more directly.    The Mississippi River defines the border between … Continue reading

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Wallace and Wallace — part 3

Col. William R. Wallace pushed forward with appeals to the General Land Office in Washington, D.C. in the aftermath of the land-jumping outbreak of February 19th, 1889.  His first GLO appeal was dated March 13th, 1889 — or three weeks … Continue reading

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Gisela “Doris” Roizen

Gone 11 years ago, today. And my sorrow for her continues in a palpable, if attenuated, way — although it’s taken a different shape more recently. In my still relatively new experience with a more solitary life — since Maggie’s … Continue reading

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Wallace and Wallace — part 2

Note:  Important safety tip:  You might want to fasten your seatbelt and hold on to your hat in reading this part! I’m guessing that some readers of Col. Wallace’s account of his past dealings with the General Land Office in … Continue reading

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