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Oscar Weisz and Howard Merz interview
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TitleOscar Weisz and Howard Merz interview
Date of Original1993-11-13
CreatorFisher, Brian
Creator RoleInterviewer;
DescriptionHoward and Oscar talk about J.L. Fisk and the Fisk Expedition who left Minnesota with 180 wagons looking for a route through the Badlands to the gold fields in Montana. The group encountered Dakota Sioux at the Deep Creek near Rhame and they made a sod fort to protect themselves from the attacks. This was called Fort Dilts after one of the seven men who died during the battle at Deep Creek. They discuss more history of the Expedition, the burial of the military men killed, the capture and attempted ransom of Fanny Kelly, and the dedication ceremony that took place in 1932.
General SubjectEthnic
Indians of North America
Historic sites
Subject (LCTGM)Interviews
Expeditions & surveys
Carts & wagons
Sod buildings
Forts & fortifications
Funeral rites & ceremonies
Subject (LCSH)Indians of North America - Capture & imprisonment
Dakota Indians
Personal NameWeisz, Oscar
Merz, Howard
Fisk, James Liberty, 1835-1902
Kelly, Fanny, 1845-1904
LocationBowman (N.D.)
Fort Dilts (N.D.)
Item NumberPTRM-40A-3-40B-1
Format of OriginalAudio cassettes
Transcription"History of Fort Dilts and Fisk Expedition. July 1864. 80 wagons. Howard Merz, Oscar Weisz. Indians at Deep Cree attacked Sept. 5, 1864. 2 wks at the Fort"—Handwritten on tape 40A.
"History of Fisk Expedition and Ft. Dilts. Capture of Fanny Kelly and Indians tried to ransom her. She warned them not to trust the Indians (deed in box). Program at dedication and Lewis Dawes donated land of Ft. Dilts to State Hist Soc of ND. History of Fisk Expedition, the dedication of the Ft. 1932 History by Larnard"-Handwritten on tape 40B.
Repository InstitutionPioneer Trails Regional Museum
Credit LinePioneer Trails Regional Museum (PTRM-40A-3-40B-1)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Ordering InformationPioneer Trails Regional Museum
12 First Ave. N. P. O. Box 78
Bowman, ND 58623
GrantNHPRC SNAP Grant 2009-2010 NAR10-RC-10062-09
Digital IDdmPTRM40A340B1
Media StandardMPEG Audio
Audio Tracks2 track stereo (unmixed)
Data Rate128 kbps
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