Council Oak / Col. D.W.H. Howard Historical

Council Oak / Col. D.W.H. Howard Historical (HM1WHH)

Location: Delta, OH 43515 Fulton County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 37.275', W 84° 4.043'

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Chief Winameg - Col, D.W.H. Howard / Pioneer of Fulton County

Council OakOf the three things for which the site is historically important, only one survives - the famous Council Oak. Given the power of speech, the great tree could tell a stirring story of council meetings, torture of war prisoners, and of two friends - a red man and a white man - who lie buried beneath its sheltering boughs.
On the ridge above, Chief Winameg lived with his people, the Pottawatomies, in the largest Indian village in these parts. When young D.W.H. Howard first visited here, the old chief's head was whitened by the snows of 100 winters. The two became fast friends.
Several years later, Howard and his father returned to the banks of Bad Creek and built a log trading post. Having been schooled in an Indian mission, Howard was appointed interpreter for the Indians by President Jackson. On many occasions, he sat with his red friends beneath the council tree as the white man sought the Indian's lands.
When the Pottawatomies finally agreed to leave their for the the far West, Col. Howard accompanied then as far as Ft. Leavenworth. In 1842, he settled here on his farm and led a rich and full life. Col. D.W.H. Howard

At the foot of the hill, lie Col. Howard and his wife Mary. There he rests beneath his beloved Council Oak and near his friend Chief Winameg.
Behind him, Col. Howard
left a record of accomplishments and good deeds, not only in behalf of the Indians whom he loved, but also in behalf of his own people. He was the leader in the struggle to convert this region from swampland to the thriving community of today. His large white home on the hill above was long a social, political, and business center of Fulton County.
Col. Howard served in the Ohio Senate and was a presidential elector for Lincoln. Privately,he took part in several railroad enterprises and was the foremost historian of this area.
Council Oak is a living monument to the two great leaders - Chief Winameg and Col. Howard.
Year Placed1956
Placed ByAetna Grange No. 310
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, January 13th, 2017 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 744319 N 4611880
Decimal Degrees41.62125000, -84.06738333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 37.275', W 84° 4.043'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 37' 16.5" N, 84° 4' 2.58" W
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Area Code(s)419, 567
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10583-10617 County Rd 10-2, Delta OH 43515, US
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