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Fremont in History

Fremont in History.                 49






The Sandusky country, in aboriginal history, possesses a

peculiar charm and fascinating interest. During that period

of years which fills western annals with the story of intrigue

and bloody conflict, the plains and prairies

of the Sandusky valley were the home of the

most powerful and most generous of the sav-

age nations.

Less than a century ago, these plains,

now covered by a thriving city, presented an

interesting variety of the scenes of Indian

life-primitive agriculture, rude cabins, canoe-

building, amusements and the council fire.

Tradition goes back a century farther, and

makes the locality of this city the seat of a still more in-

teresting people; a people who, for a time, preserved ex-

istence by neutrality, while war, which raged with shocking

ferocity, effected the extinction of the neighboring tribes. Noth-

ing is known of the aboriginal occupation of Ohio previous to

1650, but, according to a tradition of the Wyandots, during the

long and bloody wars between the Eastern and Western tribes,

there lived upon the Sandusky, a neutral tribe of Wyandots,

called the Neutral Nation. They occupied two villages, which

were cities of refuge, where those who sought safety never failed

to find it. These villages stood near the lower rapids of the

Sandusky river, where Fremont now stands. This little band

preserved the integrity of their tribe and the sacred character

of peace makers. All who met upon their threshold met as

friends, for the ground upon which they stood was holy. It


Paper read before the Ursula Wolcott Chapter, Daughters of the

American Revolution, of Toledo, at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio,

June 30, 1899, by Julia M. Haynes, daughter of Col. William E. Haynes,

Fremont, O.

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