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Chittamo Cemetery

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE AREA

Chittamo is the corrupted version of the Indian name "Ojidamo" who was a Chippewa Indian Chief who died in 1898 on the Totogatic River.    Ojidamo means Red Squirrel.  The Chippewa had used the area as a camp until the 1880s when the first white settlers arrived (the Goodwin and Wolfe families).  Logging camps were also located in this area, which provided much of the work for the settlers.  During Chittamo's productive years, the area had a school, church, general store and post office, but Minong was the major trade center for the area even at that time.  The "new" school, which was built in 1921, is now the town hall.  The "old" school building was then used as a church until the new church was built in 1935.  That church building was later moved (in 1950) to the Stone Lake area.  The cemetery and the town hall are the only remnants of this once bustling community.

Some early family names associated with the Chittamo area include:

BEAUREGARD
BLACKBURN
CASHMAN
CHITTAMO
DAVIS
DESROSIER
DETWEILER
GOODWIN
GRIMES
HEENEN
LA PRAIRIE
NAGANUP
O'BRIEN
SALISBURY
SEVERSON
SPAFFORD
WOLFE


On 01 Sep 1969, the Indianhead Community Action Agency, along with the Washburn Co. Historical Society placed a plaque at the Chittamo Cemetery site to commemorate the early settlers of the Chittamo area.  The plaque placed at the cemetery site reads:

Pioneer Settler and Indian Burial Ground

In unmarked graves nearby lie nearly 50 settlers and Indians who dwelt in the Chittamo area just before 1900.  Only the following are known to have been buried in the year shown:

DETWEILER, John -- (no date) - 1894 -- Civil War Veteran
HEENAN, James -- (no date) - 1894
HEENAN, John Jr -- (no date) - 1895
HEENAN, John Sr -- (no date) - 1989
HEENAN, Mrs John Sr -- (no date) - 1897
LaPRAIRIE, Laxius Jr -- (no date) - 1901
LaPRAIRIE, Laxius Sr -- (no date) - 1895 -- Civil War Veteran
LaPRAIRIE, Mary -- (no date) - 1900
LaPRAIRIE, Mrs Laxius Sr -- (no date) - 1900
 



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