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Indian Lives and Anecdotes ca. 1886 - 1941 part 10 (ms158_b3f003_010.13.pdf)

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Have made many questions of Lewis Ketchum, Clara Neptune and George H. Hunt, Indian agent

Bothe Clara and Lewey say that all the Oronos were called K'tolaqu' (in English Toluk) and that it means - great ship. Lewey states that many years ago when going down to salt water they made a great canoe and that they were dubbed by this name. Said it belonged to the great chief. Never knew any real reason.

Joe Lewis Orono was probably a gt. gr. son of the chief {Joe Lewis} had a sister, dead years ago, about Leweys near [?] age, (82 = 1917). Says Joe Lewis was about two years older - therefore not so very much older than his wife Clara Mitchell who is 77 at present (though she says [one underlined] that she is 85) Lewey doesnt know the father of Joe Lewis, must have been dead before Lewey could remember. (But how about Francis Orono, living in 1861?)

Thinks Orono had no settled habitation. In old times they were always moving everywhere, perhaps at salt water a year or two, then back again. At fishing time they were most likely to be at Oldtown.

Clara declares that the old chief was called Joseph Lewis, that he had one son Joe Lewis, father of her first husband Joe Lewis Orono, & of a daughter now dead.

Grandsons of Joe Lewis Orono now living are Joe Lewis, Joe K'Tolaqu' and David Lewis (now in jail) (Her information is doubtful; she skips whole generations) "K'Tolaqu' folks dat's legler Oldtown folks"

Hunts says that he has heard a tradition that Orono owned the whole island. "Oldtown was originally a part of Orono."

Clara Neptune (Mch 18 1913) says Orono was half white & his father was French, once [?] she knew who. Says Indian name was K'Tolaqu' - says he was very old when he died & some time before he got mad and withdrew from Oldtown to Orono & died there.

Orono = Sosep Bulahmoos, or Pulmus, so Clara says, "legler ol' Benobscot Injun" Also Joe Quantoluk. His descendants called K'Tolaqu'ooseesuk, K'Tolatsosis, (Coinpules[?]), She says Umbulnis, Ahbulnis (Umbaniers of Baxter MSS?) was a different chief, long ago.

Description: Pages from Fannie Hardy Eckstorm's notebook 10 (X)

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Language: English

Date: ca. 1886 - 1941

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