1911 : Chief David Shoppenagon Dies

December 25, 2021 all-day

Chief David Shoppenagon (1809 - 1911)

From the Michigan historical marker:

Side 1

Chief David Shoppenagon was born in Indianfields, a Chippewa Indian Village in the Saginaw River Valley. In 1795 his grandfather, also a Chippewa chief, was among the Indians who met with General Anthony Wayne at Fort Greenville, Ohio, and signed a treaty that ended forty years of warfare in the Ohio Valley. Shoppenagon arrived in the Grayling area from the Saginaw Valley during the early 1870s. He trapped, hunted, and was a guide for sportsmen throughout the northern Lower Peninsula.

Side 2

Chief David Shoppenagon had a house near this site, though he spent much of his time along the lakes and rivers of the area. Whites called him “Old Shopp” and welcomed his campfire tales of bear and deer hunts. He made canoes and paddles by hand and was a river guide in the area. In the early 1900s, a local inn, the area’s cork pine and a maple flooring company were named for Chief Shoppenagon. The chief died on Christmas Day 1911. He was believed to be 103 years old.

Eanger Irving Couse's painting "Portrait of Chief David Shoppenagon" is now part of the Saginaw Art Museum collection. (Photo provided/Saginaw Art Museum)

Eanger Irving Couse’s painting “Portrait of Chief David Shoppenagon” is now part of the Saginaw Art Museum collection. (Photo provided/Saginaw Art Museum).  Midland Daily News, October 3, 2019.

Eanger Irving Couse, Chief Shoppenegons, 1910, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts.

Another painting of Chief Shoppenagon in the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Sources :

Chief David Shoppenagon courtesy of the Saginaw County Hall of Fame

Chief Shoppennagon/Shppennagon Homesite Michigan Marker.

For more information, see W. E. Tudor, David Shoppenagon and the Place Between the Rivers.

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