Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Escape Story as Told by Jonas Pettijohn

Previous Posts about the Williamsons and the Riggs have referred to the escape of the missionaries from the Upper Agency on August 19, 1862. Jonas Pettijohn’s 1890 account of the 1862 escape is one of the most detailed and is … Continue reading

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Fearless Fanny – The Story of Fanny Huggins Pettijohn – Part III

Fanny and Jonas’ decision to leave Red Iron’s village and return to Traverse des Sioux happened very suddenly. The process began one afternoon in August of 1862 when Fanny’s nephew, Amos Huggins, stopped by Red Iron’s village and asked Jonas … Continue reading

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Fearless Fanny – The Story of Fanny Huggins Pettijohn – Part II

Fanny and Jonas had been at Lac qui Parle a little over a year when major changes came to the mission. The Williamsons left to open a new mission at Kaposia on the Mississippi River just four miles south of … Continue reading

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Fearless Fanny – The Story of Fanny Huggins Pettijohn – Part I

One of the most rewarding things about investigating the women whose stories are told in Dakota Soul Sisters is uncovering details about their lives and personalities that are not always immediately evident in the readily accessible historic records. All I … Continue reading

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Contrary Mary – The Story of Mary Ann Clark Longley Riggs – Part VI

No matter how many times I read or write about the tragic events of August 18, 1862, I continue to be struck with the emotional toll that the attack at the Lower Sioux Agency that morning had on the families … Continue reading

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