Fascinating three page letter written to one Virginia Couch of Cincinnati, Ohio from her grandpa and aunt living in Rochester, New York on New Year’s Day January 1st 1928. After the opening of the letter discusses pleasantries, health, Christmas and weather the writer beings telling Virginia About the last Seneca Indian to live by the name of Copperhead. She describes seeing him as a child and watching him cook meals for himself. She writes one time we were walking by his place and he was cooking his dinner…he had an iron kettle hung from a chain or wire from other small pots tied together at the top, a fire was burning under the kettle, the flies were very thick. I don’t remember what he was cooking but I was not very hungry…the people used to give him anything he wanted to eat. He was kind to people and liked them stopping by speak to him. He was very old when he died and was buried on the hill overlooking the village Houghton, what is now the college campus at Houghton College. He was the last of his race as I remember him being about 100 years old. His tribe was the Seneca of Geneva.
Historically important letter from a lady with an eye witness account of the last Seneca Indian in New York.
Each page is 5’ x 8 inches.
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