Category Archives: Traverse des Sioux

Blogging and Real Life

If you’ve ever been a blogger you’ll understand how you can be totally involved in your blog topic, doing research, posting entries, and then suddenly, real life intervenes and everything comes to a screeching halt. I apologize to my followers … Continue reading

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

Mary and Stephen Riggs’ years at Traverse des Sioux were always shadowed by Mary’s intense grief at the death of her brother Thomas. His grave was visible from their house and Mary planted it with roses and fenced it in to … Continue reading

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

Mary and Stephen Riggs left Hawley, Massachusetts on the first of March 1837, and arrived at Fort Snelling in Minnesota (then known as Wisconsin Territory) on June 1, 1837. They stopped to visit friends along the way, including the Burgess … Continue reading

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Sweet Sarah – The Life of Sarah Poage Pond

Sarah Poage was the third white woman who arrived at Lac Qui Parle with the initial group of missionaries in July 1835. Her sister Margaret was Dr. Thomas Williamson’s wife and both women were daughters of Col. James Poage, the … Continue reading

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Getting There – Fort Snelling to Lac Qui Parle

All of the women whose stories are part of Dakota Soul Sisters shared many challenging experiences, not the least of which was the trip from the bustling social and military hubbub of Fort Snelling in present day Mendota, Minnesota, to … Continue reading

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Sophia’s Story – The Captivity of Sophia Josephine Marsh Huggins

Sophia Huggins, always called Josephine by her friends and family, doesn’t really qualify as a woman of the Dakota mission but in terms of her experiences and close relationship to the women of “Soul Sisters,” her story definitely belongs here. … Continue reading

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Lydia Huggins Pettijohn Part III

You can find Part I of Lydia’s story at https://dakotasoulsisters.com/2012/07/11/learning-about-lydia/. Part II is at https://dakotasoulsisters.com/2012/08/15/learning-about-lydia-the-life-of-lydia-pettijohn-huggins-part-ii/ Lydia and Alexander Huggins’ family home in Traverse des Sioux, Minnesota, was over 100 miles from the Lower Sioux Agency near present-day Morton, Minnesota. Still, … Continue reading

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