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Moment In History

Black Hawk, the famous Indian chief, was a frequent visitor to Henderson County. He and Keokuk were both warm friends of S.S.Phelps, the Indian trader and founder of Oquawka.

In early years Black Hawk and his tribe hunted and fished over what is now Henderson County and the counties to the north along the Mississippi, which territory they claimed. Gradually the white man began to push into this section of the state and trouble commenced.

A treaty was made with the Government in 1804 ceding to the U.S. all the country including the village and corn fields of Black Hawk and his band on the east side of the Mississippi and bound the Sac and Fox Indians to live on the west side of the river.

(To be continued.)

1911 History of Henderson County