Sunday, February 19, 2012

Mary Ann Menard, Medicine Woman

Before the first  Fort Crawford army surgeon came to Prairie du Chien, the local healer was Mary Ann  Menard, who also served as a midwife.  Here is a bit about this remarkable woman:

One of the persons she attended was her own granddaughter, Louisa Gagnier, a toddler scalped by a Winnebago named Waniga in her family's cabin and left for dead.  Her father and another man were murdered during this incident.  But little Louisa was one tough baby:

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