News: Clark Co. (Historical Society Mtg. – Jun 1968)


Surnames: Booher, Stacy, Stephens, Buker, Kippenhan Whiterabbit, Stucki, Grether, Lewis, Thompson

----Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 13 Jun 1968

Approximately 100 persons, attended the meeting of the Clark County Historical Society in the Clark Electric building in Greenwood Thursday evening. It was announced at the meeting the society will dedicate the cheese market in Colby City Park, July 21st in the p.m. The next meeting of the society will be July 11th in the Loyal High School. The usually first Thursday of the month is changed because the first Thursday of July will be July 4th.

At the meeting Thursday evening, the Rev. Carl Booher of Greenwood demonstrated ventriloquism using his dummy, and he presented a very professional program.

The second part of the program was the honoring of the late John Stacy, the man who is usually selected at the outstanding Winnebago of Clark and Jackson County Indians. He was the first Winnebago to be converted to the Christian religion, in 1898, at Mission in Jackson County.

Assisting in a panel to honor Mr. Stacy, were his two daughters, Mrs. Helen Stephens of Minneapolis, and Mrs. Tillie Buker of Willard. The Rev. Mitchell Whiterabbit, present pastor of the Winnebago Mission, south of Hatfield; Miss Cilla Kippenhan of Appleton, who taught the Stacy children at a rural school in Mead Township, west of Greenwood; Mrs. Anna Marie (Stucki) Grether, daughter of the first full time missionary, the Rev. Jacob Stucki, who spent the major portion of his life as minister at the Mission in Jackson County; and Mrs. Ludwig of Greenwood, who was a friend of the Stacy family.

Skip Lewis, a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John Stacy, who resides on the old Stacy farm west of Greenwood, also added statements of special interest and he also paid high tribute to John Stacy as a man, as a spiritual leader, and as an all-round good citizen.

An oil painting, recently completed by Mrs. Shirley Thompson, Greenwood portrait artist, was displayed at the meeting Thursday evening.

It was announced that "Dr. Ben Stucki" nigh program will be held in October, the month of Dr. Stucki's birth. Dr. Stucki gave 40 years of his life as spiritual leader and counsellor of the Winnebago of Wisconsin.

He died seven years ago. He was "Mr. Ben" to all Indian people.



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