Photos Contributed by Florence Valentine Dove
of D.W.H. Howard Lake
This one is an old postcard (sorry, no
date on it). It is captioned
"Council Oak, Winameg, O. of
D.W.H. Howard and the Indians".
"Historic Council Oak"
On the left bank of Bad Creek in Pike
Twp. at the foot of a hill where sleep three races of men, stood the Council
Oak, the monarch of the forest. In 1833, Col. Dresden
Winfield Huston Howard held the last Council with the Indians before
they were taken to Kansas. The Indians did not want to give up their
rich hunting ground, but the encroachment of the white settler crowded
him westward. It was under this oak that the treaty was signed
wherein the Indians agreed, in consideration of a sum of money from the
governments and lands in Kansas they would leave the land they loved so
well forever. Col. Howard acted as the interpreter for the Indians
at this meeting.
The old tree with its large and spreading branches
stood there for centuries. On the north side of the tree was an outline
of a human being with arms outstretched, head down and feet up. When
the Indians captured an enemy they bound him in this position to the tree,
and then standing on the adjacent hill would torture their victim by shooting
into the arms, then the legs and finally the body until he was
dead. This history was recited to the writer
one pleasant day by Mrs. Howard as she was seated in her country home near
the oak tree. The Mound builders, the Indians and Col. Howard all
sleep within the shadow of this tree, buried in the soil which each in
turn of life called theirs to own and bless.
Here is another old postcard if you want
Again, no date on it. The caption reads
"Tomb of D.W.H. Howard, Winameg,
It was fitting that a man brought up
from the pioneer's log cabin and the Indian's wigwam to be a leader and
legislator of a great state should die in a farm home on the site of an
Huston Howard died at his home, at winameg
on Tuesday morning, Nov. 9, 1897, just past 80yrs. of age, after a life
of activity and usefulness such as few men live. From early childhood
he had been actively identified with the development of this state, from
the time when as a boy he advanced
the early trading with the Indians to when even in advanced years he aided
in the direction of state affairs and institutions. The death
of Col. Howard had been long expected, as he had suffered from a cancer
on his lower lip for more that two years and lately it was known that the
end was close at hand. The funeral was set from the home at Winameg,
the Reverend J. W. Lully of Hicksville to conduct services. General
J. Kent Hamilton of Toledo was invited to deliver the funeral oration
at the tomb in
compliance with a request made by Col. Howard
before his death. The body was placed in a vault which he had constructed
in the cemetery at Winameg. H. T. Brigham and Col. E. L. Barber of
Wauseon were among the pall bearers. Col. Howard was born in Dresden Yates
Co. New York on Nov 3, 1817.
Dresden Winfield Huston HOWARD
Here to go There
was found in the old Pioneer Inn in Grand Rapids, Ohio
and is thought
be that of young Colonel Howard???
The caption on front reads
"Lake Winameg, Winameg, O."
On back written in pencil is "Bert Filo
Winameg, O." and below that
"This was dug by Aurelius
"Aurie" Shaffer and Arthur Valentine."
( click on Aurelius' name to see genealogy)
Don't quote me on this because I am not
100% sure of it, but I
caption and photo sent in by Flo Valentine
believe it was located behind the Winameg store.
I think it was
used to harvest ice in the days before refrigeration.
was my grandfather. He told me that he helped
dig it with his team
of horses. That would have been in the early
The pond was located in the wooded area behind
Pike School yard between the Aetna Grange and
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