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Hewitt-Olmstead trading Post
Posted by: Carol Powell (ID *****7494) Date: January 23, 2003 at 18:05:19
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I'm looking for someone with any input on this subject.

The Hewitt-Olmstead independent post, 2 miles from Fort Atkinson, ca. 1842-1848

An Indian trading post was established two miles southwest of the fort by a Mr. Olmstead and one Joseph Hewitt. It seems that they had a permit from the government to trade with the Indians. The buildings, all one story high, were constructed of logs. There were five in number, two large dwelling houses, one large store, one storage house, and a blacksmith shop. Capt. Joseph Hewitt's principal occupation was hunting, trapping, and fishing. In 1851 he left the country and located at Clear Lake, Ia., where he experienced no little trouble with the Sioux Indians. In 1849 Josiah Goddard bought the old Indian trading post from Olmstead, and in 185o moved his family on to the land. Three or four acres of this land had been broken up by the Indians.
The Hewitt-Olmstead trading post was run by David Olmsted. However, Samuel Baldwin Olmsted was the "administrator" of this post.
According to "Minnesota Congressmen, Legislators, and other Elected State Officials, An Alphabetical Check List, 1849-1971", compiled by W. F. Toensing, S. Baldwin Olmsted served in the Territorial House in 1851, then on the Territorial Concil in 1854 as president, and also in 1855. He was from Belle Prairie in Morrison County. His last name seems to have been spelled Olmsted rather than Olmstead. He lived from 1810 to 1878.

The Every Name Index to History of Clayton County, Iowa (1882), published by
Bertlyn Crouse Johnston, Ames, 1999, includes the following:

Hewett, Joseph 529, 683
Hewitt, Joseph 502, 1081
Olmstead, Baldwin 254, 264, 267, 304
Olmstead, S B 268
Olmsted, David 1023, 1055, 1056, 1058

I do not have access to this history, Can someone look it up for me???


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