Petersburg in Boone County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Logan Fontenelle, an interpreter and Omaha chief, was born at Bellevue in May, 1825. His father was Lucien Fontenelle, a noted fur trader both on the lower Missouri River and near Fort Laramie, Wyoming. His mother was a daughter of Big Elk, noted chief of the Omaha. Logan, the eldest of four sons and one daughter, was educated at a private school near St. Louis, before joining the family at Fort Laramie in 1837. Two years later the family returned to Bellevue, where the father soon died.
Little is known of Logan’s life for the next decade, but in the early 1850’s he became recognized as a chief of the Omaha by both the tribe and the U. S. government. As both chief and interpreter he went with the Omaha chiefs to Washington, D.C., where they signed a treaty on March 16, 1854, selling most of their land to the government and restricting themselves to a reservation in northeast Nebraska. This opened the Nebraska Territory to settlement.
In 1855, Logan Fontenelle accompanied a party of Omaha on a buffalo hunt near here in present Boone County. The party was attacked by Sioux and Logan was killed, probably on July 17th. His body
Erected by Petersburg Commercial Club; and Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 205.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1825.
Location. 41° 51.352′ N, 98° 5.032′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Nebraska, in Boone County. Marker is on Front Street (State Highway 14) just north of 10th Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in a pull-out on the east side of the street, at Petersburg Community Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg NE 68652, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Logan Fontenelle (here, next to this marker).
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1. Logan Fontenelle. Wikipedia entry:
Logan Fontenelle, also known as Shon-ga-ska (White Horse), was a trader of Omaha and French ancestry, who served for years as an interpreter to the US Indian agent at the Bellevue Agency in Nebraska. European Americans thought Fontenelle was a chief but, because of his white father, he (Submitted on August 13, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Treaty with The Omaha. March 16, 1854. First People website entry (Submitted on August 13, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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