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THE MACK 5
eomed and protected by a tribe of Wl1lll0b?1g0 Indians.
Ho-no-ne-gah was a faithful and devoted wife. She was large-
ly absorbed in the care of her home and children, save when
sickness of the early settlers called for her kind and skillful care
and attention. Then with her supply of Nature 's remedies, she
would seek out the afflicted and bring sunshine and relief to the
sufferers. The high tribute of respect to Ho-no-ne-gah was gen-
unine and sincere. Although she was an Indian maiden, Ho-no-ne-
gah possessed a noble soul, and did all she could to make those
around her comfortable and happy. Even tl1e poor and the des-
titute around her shared of her provisions in a generous manner.
Only once was she known to assume the garb of her pale face
sisters, and then it was by great solicitation. She felt so ill at
ease and afraid to make 'herself conspicuous, that she laid it aside
and was content with the costume of her tribe. Her taste in
blending colors to have a pleasing effect was fine, and her needle
work was almost perfect. The Pottawatomie tribe felt above the
XVinnebagos in their skill of the needle and Ho-no-ne-gah showed
much ability in this art.
She died in July, 1847, and all those who knew her sorrowed
for the loss of one who had made herself dear to them.
VVith the indications of a. speedy settlement of the Rock
River Valley, Mack conceived the idea that the bluff at the mouth
of the Peeatonica River, would be a good place to locate a town.
Because of the prospect that the Pecatoniea and Rock rivers
were navigable, Mack took possesion of a tract of land at the
mouth of the Pecatonica River, in 1835. The place took the name
of Maektown, which it still retains, although the once flourishing
settlement has entirely disappeared.
Here at this peaceful settlement, Mack resided until his
death in 1850. In many respects he was a remarkable man. What
could have prompted a man of his ability to hide away so many
years from civilization may never be known. How far his aspira-
tions were realized cannot be told, yet he succeeded in being a
man of prominence in his time, and his name will ever be handed
down as a man of many virtues, of strict integrity and of unques-
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4 THE MACK
THE HISTORY OF STEPHEN MACKQAND H0-N0-NE-GAH
Stephen Mack, an Indian trader, was the tirst white man to
settle in the Rock River Valley. He was born in Poultney, Ver-
mont, during the latter part of the 19th century. After recieving
good common school education, he attended Dartmouth College
in New Hampshire. For some cause, he could not reconcile
himself to the routine of college life and finally left college with-
out graduating. Soon after the close of the War of 1812, he
went to Detroit, Michigan, with his father's family, where his
father held some position in the government service.
Ambitious to start out in life for himself, and prompted by
love for adventure, Stephen Mack joined a government expedi-
tion around the Lakes from Detroit to Green Bay. It was at
these places that he came in contact with fur tradersg From
them he learned that the Rock River Country would be a good
place to establish a trading post. Accordingly, he struck across
the country with an Indian pony, and arrived on Rock River
near the place where Janesville is now located.
An Indian camp at Bird 's Grove attracted his attention, and
Mack started out to find it from such directions as he could
gather from the tribe. Through following the wrong trail, he
reached a Pottawatomie Village at Grand Detour, where he
became located. VVhile in this village Mack became seriously
ill and was nursed through the fever by Ho-no-ne-gah, the daugh-
ter of the Indian chief. To express his gratitude, Mack offered her
his heart, hand and fortune, which she willingly accepted.
For two or three years, trade was carried on with the Indians
here. Their furs were exchanged for his articles. Mack took
the furs to Chicago, on the backs of Indian ponies, and brought
back with him more merchandise for the Indians.
Mack's relations with the Indian tribe were not conducive
to the best of feeling because he refused to sell fire arms and
liquor to the tribe. NVhile he was making one of his trips to
Chicago, a plan was made to kill him. Ho-no-ne-gah learned of this
and she met her husband, on his return, far away from camp.
Together, they hastened to Bird 's Grove where they were Wel-
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CTuno: Oll YVisr-onsinj
Ilo-110-110-gall, Ilo-no-iw-gnh, Ilo-no-no-gah Iligh,
With your host of valiant Warriors we will over try
To build fame around a nauw
That never more will die,
NVQ are behind you Ho-no-ne-grah High.
Ilo-no-no-gall, IIC-110-ll?-Qilll, stick right to tht- gxzuuo,
Throw the hall and make the basket, winning is our aim
Fight on for your fame,
Fight, follows, fig-ht, fight, iight, wv'll win this grmuo.
ll!!-110-Ill'-Q'3ll, IIO-110-l'l0-gfilll, llo-no-no-,frnh lligh,
lwt your gold and royal purple show against' tho sky,
Never falter in your purposo
lVhih1 your oolors Hy.
Wt-'ll bo 4-vor loyal, lltl-ll0-Ill'-Q'2lll lligrh. jg
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