MOUNT VERNON – The Chautauqua Series is happy to announce September as late 1700’s Ohio month, featuring two lesser known persons from Ohio’s past. First up is Lewis Weitzel, a Daniel Boone type pioneer on September 11 then Chief Armstrong, a Native American who lived in the Knox county area on September 25.
Ken Hammontree, Chautauqua veteran will portray Lewis Weitzel with the group Elixir opening the program. The program will be held at ThePlace@TheWoodward (111 S. Main St. in downtown Mount Vernon) at 7 PM, Thursday September 10. Doors to this first floor facility will open at 6 PM and the program is presented on a donation basis.
Lewis Wetzel’s family settled in an area along Big Wheeling Creek, not far from the Ohio River, unfortunately for them, they were now direct targets from the Shawnee, Delaware and Miami Indians. The family became used to raids from these tribes. At the age of thirteen Lewis was captured by a raiding party of Wyandot Indians along with his brother George. During the assault young Lewis was grazed in the chest with a bullet. On the third night of their capture, the Indians were lax in guarding the two boys. As their captors slept, the boys made their escape. The Indians soon set out in pursuit but the Wetzel boys eluded them. They crossed the Ohio River on a raft they had made. They finally dragged themselves back into their village clearing to the amazement of their family. This event marked a new turn in Lewis' life. He spent his every waking moment in perfecting his skills as an Indian fighter, becoming an expert shot and adept with tomahawk and hunting knife. He perfected another skill that was rare indeed on the frontier - he was able to load, prime and shoot his long rifle while running at full speed through the forest.
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