Chief Oshkosh Statue and Burial Site

© Photographed June 18, 2016
Unveiled June 21, 1911
Donated to the City of Oshkosh by Col. John Hicks,
editor and owner of The Oshkosh Northwestern
Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
44° 1.35′ N, 88° 30.951′ W
A chief of the
Menominee Tribe of Indians
whose greatest achievement
in this life was in giving
to this city the name which
will make it famous while
one stone remains upon another.

The marker is located on Pratt Trail in Menominee Park. The entrance to the park is on Merritt Avenue, at its intersection with Linde Street, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901.

Chief Oshkosh Statue.
In 1911, on the date of June 21, another monument of size and historical value was unveiled. It was that in memory of Chief Oshkosh, after whom the city was named, and graces the highest point of land in Menominee park, overlooking Lake Winnebago. The huge bronze figure of the Menominee chieftain was modeled by Signor Trentanove and the unveiling was a public demonstration.
Madison Democrat (1917-12-27): Enduring Monuments at Oshkosh of the Late Colonel John Hicks

Chief Oshkosh ("Claw")[1] (cf. Ojibwe oshkanzh, "the claw") was born in 1795 near Nekoosa (Point Bas) on the Wisconsin River.[3] Around the age of 15, he was placed under the guidance of Tomah by his grandfather, the Head Chief. After Tomah and his grandfather died, Oshkosh became the Head Chief in 1827. As a young man he fought on the side of the British during the War of 1812. However, he sided with the Americans during the Black Hawk War of 1832.
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The chief's burial site, at the base of the statue.

 "Chief Oshkosh" (29 Aug 1858) by Samuel Marsden Brooks (1816–1892)
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Screenshot of vintage postcard provided by
Chief Oshkosh

Screenshot of vintage postcard provided by 
Chief Oshkosh, Menominee Park, Oshkosh, Wis.

 The statue is located Menominee Park in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

© The below photos of the "Oshkosh Yacht Club" were taken January 18, 2016.
The temp was -3°, with wind chills at -25°.
Welcome to Winter in Wisconsin!

A reception was held at this location, then the Oshkosh Yacht Club,
following the dedication of the Chief Oshkosh Statue.

Public Reception Following Unveil-
ing of Statue to Chief Oshkosh Is
a Most Enjoyable Affair--Donor
and Sculptor are Showered with
Praise--Menasha Historian Aided
the Artist.
   The public reception at the Oshkosh Yacht club yesterday afternoon was one of the most enjoyable features of the unveiling and dedication of the statue of Chief Oshkosh which Col. John Hicks presented to the city of Oshkosh.
   For one thing, the clubhouse was delightfully cool, and the spacious reception room, with its comfortable chairs, if one cared to rest in them, and its dining room, where five young ladies served delicious punch, were fully as inviting as the broad verandas which gave unparalleled views of Lake Winnebago.
   There was no attempt at special decoration, but the Yacht club does not need elaboration to make it attractive. On the center table in the reception room was a large cut glass bowl of roses--red roses and pink roses and crimson ramblers--all beautiful flowers.
   The people who came over from the park had the opportunity of meeting Chevalier and Madame Gaetano Treninnove--the Florentine sculptor and his wife, and Col. John Hicks, the Oshkosh man who presented the statue of Chief Oshkosh, and who also gave the Soldier's monument and other works of similar character to the city.
   The others in the group included Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Jackson, ex-Mayor and Mrs. John C. Voss and Mayor John Banderob. Mr. Jackson and Mr. Voss were members of the committee on arrangements.
   Colonel Hicks received many warm expressions of gratitude for his generous and particularly appropriate gift to the city.
   Chevailer and Madame Trentanove were made undeniably happy by the praise of well informed persons who said the statue of Chief Oshkosh was an ideal conception of the Indian leader. For it had long been a Trentanove ambition to make a great statue of an American Indian. He does not hesitate to say, and did not refrain from stating to those who congratulated him, that he considers this one of his best works.
   After most of the visitors had left the clubhouse a number of group pictures were taken on the main stairway leading to the clubhouse veranda. The sculptor, the donor of the statue, and the members of the official party were photographed in several groups.
   P. V. Lawson of Menasha, the historian whose history of Winnebago county furnished the sculptor with much of his information regarding Chief Oshkosh, was one of the most interested of the visitors at the unveiling. The meeting between Mr. Lawson and Chevalier Trentanove, when, before the exercises. Colonel Hicks introduced the two men, was one of mutual pleasure.
   The Italian artist, pointing to his statue, exclaimed impetuously, "Mr. Lawson, to you I owe my idea of Chief Oshkosh." Mr. Lawson smiled and thanked the sculptor.
   "When I said to Colonel Hicks, 'how do you know so much about Chief Oshkosh,' he said, 'I read P. V. Lawson.'" Chevalier Trentanove said laughingly, "and then I got your book. and page 125, you remember 125--that's the number."
   Historian and sculptor were together at the clubhouse after the reception. From their apparent understanding, they are destined to become close friends.
   One thing about Chevalier Trentanove was illustrated as the guests were leaving the clubhouse--he remembers men. Also, he is hospitable. For When Dr. Reuben G. Thwaites was leaving with his sister, Mrs. Martha Osborn, the Italian said, "Well, Dr. Thwaites, when shall we meet again--we get together every ten or fifteen years, it seems."
   Mr. Thwaites replied that he expected to visit Egypt next winter, and in that event he planned to visit the Trentanove home in Florence.
   "Don't you come to see us the last day," the sculptor admonished him. "I don't want you do do that. I promise you, when you come to visit us, the best of dinners that will make you always think with pleasure of Florence, for my wife is very hospitable."
   And then he added something, really not for publication, but this warm weather makes one smack the lips at such a promising prospect--"And I've got the wine, some that I raised myself."
   The young ladies who served the punch were Miss Blanche Doughty, Mrs. Anabel Fox, Miss Elsie Buckstaff, Miss Josephine Davis, and Miss Dorothy Smith.
The Daily Northwestern, 22 June 1917, page 4

With a frozen solid Lake Winnebago in the background.

Screenshot of vintage postcard provided by
Oshkosh Yacht Club
[The east side of the building, facing Lake Winnebago]

The property is now home to
American Legion Cook-Fuller Post 70 and The Waters.

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