Hononegah High School - Mack Yearbook (Rockton, IL)

 - Class of 1922

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Page 9 text:

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- tionable honesty.

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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- 1

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THE. MACK SCHOOL SONG Ho-no-ne-gah. CTuno: Oll YVisr-onsinj 1. 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. 2. Ilo-no-no-gall, IIC-110-ll?-Qilll, stick right to tht- gxzuuo, Throw the hall and make the basket, winning is our aim llo-no-ne-gah, Ilo-no-ne-gall, Fight on for your fame, Fight, follows, fig-ht, fight, iight, wv'll win this grmuo. 3. 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 'Y

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