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Further tales of White Beaver


Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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Monday, August 21, 2000

A few weeks ago I wrote a feature article in the Journal regarding the historical origins of Lanesboro’s Buffalo Bill Days, (It all started with White Beaver, July 31, 2000). Due to the usual constraints of space, the finished piece was only a fragment of what it could have been. During the research, I uncovered so much information about both, Buffalo Bill Cody and his best friend, White Beaver Powell, that I could have easily turned the article into an eight part summer mini-series.

I’ve continued to discover interesting facts and anecdotes about Dr. David Franklin Powell, originally of Kentucky, who preferred to go by his Indian nickname, White Beaver.

According to historian Eric Sorg of Laramie, Wyoming, Powell was also called ‘Fancy Frank’, the ‘Surgeon Scout’, and ‘Medicine Chief of the Winnebagos’. Sorg, who has completed a biography of Powell, recently sent me three articles of his that have appeared in various history related publications.

"One of the biggest liars God ever let live," a newspaper of the day wrote of Powell. Yet, Sorg points out that few people dared to challenge the "wildly exaggerated claims" of Powell and that "no matter how free he might have been with the facts, Powell was still a brilliant doctor."

Sorg told me by telephone last month that he believed Powell’s military career as a surgeon at Ft. McPherson, Nebraska, came to an end when he discovered that his wife was having an affair with another officer. Powell promptly went into an emotional tailspin and spent the next six months on a drinking binge. It was shortly after that, in 1877, when Powell first showed up in Lanesboro. He was 30 years old.

Powell was a tall and rugged looking man, who often dressed in buckskin and wore his long flowing hair to his shoulders in the style of his good buddy, Buffalo Bill Cody. Sorg writes that White Beaver and Cody had spent much time together in Nebraska and that both men, "liked to drink, smoke cigars, live under the stars, hunt and share adventure."

Powell’s brothers, George (Night Hawk) and William (Bronco Bill), also doctors, eventually followed White Beaver to Lanesboro to practice medicine. In 1880, the Lanesboro Journal noted the arrival of the Powell boys stating that: "The brothers are plainsmen and for the past fourteen years have lived adventurous lives among the savage beasts and still more savage men of the wild west.
They have been al .....
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Lord of the Dance

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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Monday, August 28, 2000

My wife told me that I had won first prize and was chosen to be her escort for her all-school reunion last weekend. I actually looked forward to the event, especially when it was her reunion and not mine. It was unlikel ..... 
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Survivors

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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Monday, August 28, 2000

This is a story about survivors.

No, it is not about the gameshow/psychodrama that was recently portrayed on CBS, where neurosis is a developmental skill highly valued by artificially created tribal groups.
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The Country Squire

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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It seems as though it was yesterday but it has been al-most ten years since I retired. As a matter of fact, I can barely remember what it was that I did for a living. I can remember how I well I prepared for my retirement. I bought books on the birds ..... 
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Journal Profile # 78

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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Name: Tyler Benson
Home: Rushford
Age: 15
Profession: I am a ninth grade student at Rushford-Peterson
Family: Dad, Mom, & Sister
Hero: My Mom, Dad and Uncle Ron
Hobby: I like goi ..... 
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Ground Cherry Pie

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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1 cup husked ground cherries
1 unbaked pie shell
2 eggs
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
• Fill pastry shell with cherries. Beat eggs with salt. Add sugar and flour, then milk ..... 
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8/28/00

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

Monday, August 28, 2000

Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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To the Editor,

Earlier this spring during the course of the controversy over the Reiland’s plan to expand their dairy operation, I was disappointed to hear one of our legislators refer to some environmentalists as “tree huggers” and “bunny lo ..... 
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Sun, Aug 27th, 2000
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