White Eagle Starts On His Long Hike

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Yesterday was a gala day in Hardin, the occasion being the start of White Eagle, the Indian poet of Gillette, Wyo., on his horseback ride from Hardin, by way of the Custer Battlefield, to Omaha, Nebr., on an advertising tour of the Custer Battlefield Hiway. En route White Eagle will scatter in the various towns through which he passes poems and pamphlets bearing on the Hiway, written by himself.

The ceremonies incident to the start took place at 1:30 yesterday afternoon, when a crowd of upwards of one thousand people gathered on Center avenue, in front of the Stockmens National bank, where was formed a parade. Headed by White Eagle, mounted on Mint Kelley’s horse, Red Bird, and the Hardin City Band, the procession, in which were citizens and upwards of 500 school children, marched up the west side of Center avenue to Second street. Here, mounted on a tripod in an automobile was a moving picture machine in charge of H. F. Chenoweth, president and manager of the Chenoweth Film Co. of Omaha, who took a movie of the procession as it turned past his stand down the east side of the avenue, and which will be shown in the various theatres of the country within the next month or six weeks.

Special pictures also were taken of Mayor A. L. Mitchell, Mint Kelley and Curley, General Custer’s Crow Indian scout credited with being the sole survivor of the Custer battle.

White Eagle was accompanied to Hardin by Mrs. C. W. Young, assistant secretary of the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce, and Mrs. W. D. Fisher, wife of the secretary of that organization and of the Custer Battlefield Hiway, who also occupied a prominent place in the parade. Secretary Fisher, who is engaged in marking the Hiway near the terminus in the Glacier national park, expected to be present, but failed to arrive.