“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Knowlton in Marathon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

John Baptiste DuBay

1810 — 1887

John Baptiste DuBay Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 18, 2007
1. John Baptiste DuBay Marker
Inscription. Son of a Menominee Indian Princess • Son-in-Law of Chief Oshkosh • Treaty-Maker • Interpreter • Indian Trader • Firm Friend of White Men.
Erected 1945 by George W. Mead, president of Consolidated Water Power & Paper Company.
Location. 44° 42.232′ N, 89° 40.389′ W. Marker is near Knowlton, Wisconsin, in Marathon County. Marker is on Old U.S. Highway 51 South, 0.1 miles south of School Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Monument is in the Knowlton Cemetery; 0.8 miles south of Knowlton. Marker is in this post office area: Mosinee WI 54455, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Du Bay Trading Post (approx. 2.1 miles away); First Workers' Compensation Law (approx. 4.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Joseph Dessert Library (approx. 6.2 miles away); Jordan Dam and Power Plant (approx. 12.2 miles away); Buttons from the River (approx. 12.8 miles away).
More about this marker. After Lake DuBay was created in 1942, an older headstone for DuBay was replaced by this piece of Wausau granite.
Regarding John Baptiste DuBay. Death
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By Keith L, July 18, 2007
2. John Baptiste DuBay Marker
of John B. DuBay

The death of the above named well known, and in some respects remarkable individual, took place at his home on the Wisconsin River above this city last Tuesday. He had been gradually failing for some time, but was really sick only about two weeks. The funeral took place on Thursday, with interment in the Knowlton Cemetery.
In the death of DuBay, probably the oldest person born within the territory now comprising the State of Wisconsin has passed away. He was born at Green Bay in 1810, and therefore when the Territory of Wisconsin was organized he was 26 years of age; when it became one of the States of the Union he had attained the age of 38. A portion of his earlier years, however, were spent in Michigan, where he was engaged in trading with the Indians, and he claimed to have built the first house on the Kalamazoo River, near the site of the present city of that name. He afterwards served as interpreter for Gov. Dodge, Wisconsin's first territorial Governor, and for many years thereafter was intimately associated in one capacity and another, with nearly all the men whose names are so prominently associated with our early history. For five years he had charge of the American Fur Company's interests on the headquarters of the Chippewa, where the Company had at that time maintained a trading post for about 100 years. The first saw mill ever built at
Additional Marker on Ground image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 18, 2007
3. Additional Marker on Ground
Home and trading post near here covered by water
Chippewa Falls was in pursuance of an arrangements made by DuBay with the Indians. He at one time had a claim at Fort Winnebago, upon which a party, under the leadership of one Reynolds, undertook to build a mill. During the absence of DuBay on a hunting excursion, they put up the frame, which, when he returned at night, he proceeded to pull down. In the trouble that followed DuBay shot and killed Reynolds. DuBay gave himself up and was taken to jail, where a mob gathered to lynch him. The latter were told by the sheriff that he had armed DuBay, and they had better go away, which they did. He was tried at Madison, being defended by Harlow S. Orton, at present an associate justice of our Supreme Court, and Hon. Moses M. Strong, and acquitted. He had lived on the place where he died for many years, and in the early history of this country was one of the best known men in it. During his latter years he was supported by his children, but he had handled a great many thousand dollars worth of goods, and there are people who can remember when he used to drive the finest team between Wausau and Portage.
— The Stevens Point Journal; Saturday, January 15, 1887
Also see . . .  A Brief History of John DuBay. From the shores of Lake Michigan to the Mississippi; from Milwaukee to the Superior beaches; from Prairie du Chien
John Baptiste DuBay Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 18, 2007
4. John Baptiste DuBay Marker
to Sault Ste. Marie and Michillimackinac; indeed, from Detroit to the Selkirk Settlement in the Red River valley, his name was a household word. A legendary figure of the old Pinery lumbering region before Paul Bunyan’s fabled exploits were heard of there, DuBay was as characteristically Wisconsin as the Wisconsin river itself, whose long reaches and great breadth he had traveled as a trader and voyageur from a decade beyond recall. (Submitted on July 19, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,316 times since then and 385 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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