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White Pigeon in Saint Joseph County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

In Memory of Wahbememe

 
 
In Memory of Wahbememe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 12, 2014
1. In Memory of Wahbememe Marker
Inscription.

In
Memory of
Wahbememe
Chief White Pigeon
who about 1830 gave
his life to save the
settlement at this
place.

 
Erected 1909 by Alba Columba Club.
 
Location. 41° 47.867′ N, 85° 39.78′ W. Marker is in White Pigeon, Michigan, in Saint Joseph County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of U.S. 131 and U.S. 12, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is located at the northwest corner of US 131 and US 12 in Wahbememe Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: White Pigeon MI 49099, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chief Wahbememe Burial Site (within shouting distance of this marker); White Pigeon Fallen Soldiers Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Land Survey Office (approx. one mile away); Conveying Michigan (approx. one mile away); Constantine Civil War Monument (approx. 2.8 miles away); Constantine Tribute to Veterans of All Wars (approx. 3 miles away); Constantine United Methodist Church (approx. 3 miles away); William Meek (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in White Pigeon.
 
More about this marker.
In Memory of Wahbememe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 12, 2014
2. In Memory of Wahbememe Marker
On the front elevation of the monument base, the following inscription is written:

     Greater Love Hath No Man Than This
     That a Man Lay Down His Life for His Friends

Because of weathering, the inscription is mostly illegible.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Photo of Wahbememe Memorial. Photo, date unknown, from Michigan Historic Preservation Office. (Submitted on July 11, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 

2. Historic Photo of Wahbememe Memorial. Photo, date unknown, from the Willard Library in Battle Creek. (Submitted on July 11, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. First Marker in St. Joseph County
According to Aloysia McLoughlin in "Historic Sites of St. Joseph County" (Michigan History Magazine, Vol. IV, 1920), the In Memory of Wahbememe Marker was the first monument to St. Joseph County history.
    — Submitted April 18, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

2. 1909 Ceremony
The nearby Michigan Historical Commission marker on Chief Wahbememe Burial Site provides information on the 1909 creation and celebration ceremony of the Chief Wahbememe monument.
    — Submitted April 18, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
In Memory of Wahbememe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 12, 2014
3. In Memory of Wahbememe Marker
Located in Wahbememe Memorial Park

 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Wahbememe Markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 12, 2014
4. Wahbememe Markers
Marker is located near Michigan Historical Commission marker on Chief Wahbememe Burial Site
In Memory of Wahbememe Marker<br>in early 20th Century image. Click for full size.
By Michigan History Magazine, Volume IV, 1920
5. In Memory of Wahbememe Marker
in early 20th Century
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 18, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 355 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 18, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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