Re: Chicago Indian Relics
Date: April 25, 2014 07:26PM
Back yard relics! At 10-13 ys/o, at 3707 N. Kedzie ave., one of my past times was digging-up the backyard, not only to plant veggies & grass, which I often did, but just to feel the excitement of discovery! After the dog and brothers used the backyard for playing around, I felt no harm done! Well one day while twitching my nose for places to dig, I decided to dig about halfway between the front sidewalk & the alley, right next to Mr L------s fence! About 8 -10 inches beneath the surface, I found a few perfectly round pieces of sandstone! Upon looking closely, & brushing the dirt off them, I noticed that each one had a hole all the way through it (them)! YES, I said to myself, these are beads from an old American Indian necklace! Then my imagination ran wild! Was there a Teepee close by, or an old branch structure! This was in the 1953-57 time period, & our building was just 5-6 blocks from the Chicago river, which would be a great place for families to settle, with Deer, Bear and other animals being plentiful in those days! Anyway, my brother J---, was playing in the empty lot just 5 houses north when he found an arrowhead beneath the only piece of vegetation, a fairly large bush, right smack dab in the middle of the lot! Oh, how I wish, even today, that I could go back to the 1700s or so, and see what the area looked like back then!