Category Archives: Hazlewood Mission

Three Dakota Daughters – Nancy McClure, Julia LaFramboise and Helen Sibley

Throughout the story of Minnesota’s territorial past we often encounter individual stories of women whose mothers were Dakota and whose fathers were white traders, soldiers or adventurers. These women share many things in common, including a sense that they did … Continue reading

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Mrs. Aiton Times Two – Nancy Hunter Aiton and Mary Briggs Aiton

In June of 1925, Miss Margaret Aiton of Minneapolis donated “some twelve letters” to the Minnesota Historical Society. Minnesota History Magazine described the gift as follows: “Some twelve letters written by Jane Williamson, Sister of the missionary Dr. Thomas S. … Continue reading

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

Mary Riggs was 40 years old when the mission at Lac Qui Parle burned to the ground and the family relocated to a new mission site at Yellow Medicine. They arrived in September 1854 and moved into their new home … Continue reading

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

One of the things that I personally have trouble understanding about Mary and Stephen Riggs is their unwillingness to allow their children to learn the Dakota language and become friends with Dakota children. Even though they often had Dakota children … Continue reading

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