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Further tales of White Beaver


Sun, Aug 20th, 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.
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Fillmore County Pork Producers
Hoffman Stables

Cars

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

My grandfather on my father’s side was quite mature when I was born. I’m sure he must have been almost seventy. I don’t think that I got to know him very well before he passed on. He wasn’t the type to bounce you on his ..... 
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A conversation about farming

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

A farmer friend of mine, who has been milking cows for the past 30 years, was recently lamenting the fact that all of his immediate neighbors no longer milk cows for a living.

“The valley used to be full of dai ..... 
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The Country Squire

Sun, Aug 20th, 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 # 77

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Name: Pat Hudella
Home: Carimona
Age: 56
Profession: Retired Medical Secretary
Family: Husband Roger; 2 daughters, Laurie & Bonnie; 6 grandchildren
Hobby/Interests: Reading, watching the many b ..... 
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Peach Pecan Pie

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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1/4 cup soft butter or Oleo
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1/4 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cups diced fresh peaches
1 unbaked pie shell
• Cream together the butter, sugar, and flo ..... 
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8/21/00

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

Monday, August 21, 2000

Sun, Aug 20th, 2000
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To the Editor,
The Fillmore County American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” at Sylvan Park in Lanesboro on Friday evening, August 11, and Saturday morning, August 12 was truly a memorable and successful event. Over 260 people walked for the cau ..... 
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