Letter: Local lands are rich with history

THESE ARROWHEADS WERE found at the Jay Leitz farm east of County Road N off Olden Road. submitted photo


My teaching career was enriched by my students. I had related of a mound culture by a people whose time was before the Woods Indians, at Mitchell’s Glen.As a result, June Leitz brought in arrowheads that had been gathered each spring while working up the land.

When the rains came the arrowheads, like boats, would be carried down the rills to the base of lower areas of the field. Another student brought in a fist hatchet found on a field off Brandon Road near where the Jenkins currently live.

The most thrilling find was a “Clovis Point” — a weapon of a type of human that hunted hairy mammoths in the glacial era. Its identity was confirmed to me by Ripon resident John Steinbring, who was than a professor of archaeology at the University of Manitoba. Most people are unaware that there was a green area ahead of glaciers where grass grew and rain fell, a place for both grass eating and carnivores.

... Another student told of his grandfather’s find of graves near the edge of a marsh, in what is now Riggs Park.

Then I was told of a rural mail carrier who would inquire of the people on his route as to Indian artifact finds, and his success in some areas. I had introduced a topic and my students had joined in teaching and I was learning.

Education is open ended.

— Allan Mortenson

360 Ardmore Ave.

To read the entire letter, see the June 27, 2013 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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