Saturday, October 24, 2009

Curiosity: Round Lake Historical Marker

Do you stop to read Historical Markers?  Usually I can get Far Guy to stop, " Chance might need to be walked! "  I am always curious about Historical Markers, I like to stop and read them.   Imagine my surprise when I read this one, this is about twenty miles from our home.   



Makes "What's for dinner?"  a big unanswered question.  Maybe it is the other white/dark meat. 



Who would have thunk it, not me.  Some of the Chippewa were cannibals..but apparently it is just as taboo in their culture as ours.  No I have not have my head stuck in the sand, I am sure this never came up in History Class.  I do not recall this bit of information.  I learned not to say "I do not know"  from a Social Studies Teacher who I absolutely adored, because he actually taught you something IF you listened.  His name was Harold Collins.   His answer to an  "I do not know" response was " That is INCORRECT, you knew at one point because I told you, you simply do not recall."   He was a short , slight little man, with slicked back hair, and he had eyes in the back of his head, not really but it seemed like it, not much got by him in his classroom.   He always wore a suit and usually a white shirt and a tie, and his shoes were always shined.  He had energy and taught with  his own style, continually questioning and trying to excite his students.  He died a number of years ago..I do not recall how long ago.  He was one of the only teachers I would have given you more than two cents for in our local school system, probably because he was actually teaching.   



Round Lake, I will never look at it quite the same again.   It was a nice day yesterday, the sun was out for a bit.  Having the sun come out is now an ocassion here in Minnesota, as October has been very wet, cold and dreary:) 

16 comments:

  1. That reminds me of the Donner party.

    I've been fortunate to have some interesting history teachers. One often dressed like Ben Franklin and taught from his perspective.

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  2. I enjoy reading historical markers, my Dad took pictures of every one he came across!
    Your marker shows a very interesting part of American history.
    Sunny :)

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  3. That was very interesting, Connie. I think it's wonderful you still remember Mr. Collins. I have a couple of teachers like that, but frankly, none of them have a name any more. They must all be long gone, too, now that I'm old myself. Thanks for the history lesson. Now that you've told me, I'll try to remember!

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  4. It is a very clear and blunt maker of what actually took place in that area. I was looking at the revised version of the book Wounded Knee and found a story about a family and a tribe near here that had a lot of conflicts. A single family invading into an area that caused many deaths by the time everything was through. I found your marker to be very interesting and fit in with the flavor of the book I had checked out.

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  5. How interesting. I love that last photo of the lake. Very pretty. Glad you had a bit of sunshine to explore in.

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  6. I am always amazed at how much history is within our own backyard and yet we are unaware of it. I think I need to stop and read more markers. I might learn a lot. This was some interesting history.

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  7. Ya, my hubby will stop anytime I display interest. Indian cannibalism, never learned this is school, Bet a Indian doesn't taste like chicken either. Ewwwww! I love those teachers who embellished beyond the textbook curriculum.

    Have a fantastic weekend and I truly enjoyed the marker read!!!

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  8. So interesting - and yes I thought he was the best teacher we ever had. But, I didn't think that until after I had been out of school for awhile, and then realized how much I had actually learned from him! I had wished he would have still been teaching when my kids were in school - but that didn't happen. He has been gone quiet a while.

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  9. That is so interesting. We never stop at the markers because we are always in a hurry to get somewhere. But when we pass them I always think "someday we are going to stop". **sigh**

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  10. Interesting story -- I don't remember learning this in history class.

    And West Side of Straight is incorrect -- I did have Harold Collins - and yes he may have been more interesting then blah Carl Dyre but by the time we had him he was pretty good at not being good! -- Sad if he at one time was a good teacher.

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  11. Sometimes we forget to look close by.

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  12. That is one weird historical marker! Not what you typically see.

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  13. Connie - thanks for sharing that! I'll have to start stopping at the markers now...

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  14. I'm still impressed at the dog's pose :)

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  15. As a young child, my family would travel from Iowa to MN to Round Lake for a weeks' vacation. Can you tell me exactly where it is, to refresh my memory. Perhaps there are more Round Lakes than the one.

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  16. Wow...interesting story. I imagine when people are starving to death, they will resort to eating each other to survive...but it is still pretty gruesome.

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Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your comments! If you have a question I will try to answer it here. Connie