To be able to truly appreciate anything, you have to appreciate where it came from and the heritage that surrounds it. I enjoy looking at history and thinking about a time when the luxuries that we have today are stripped away. Also to link an historical time line together and see something come from basically nothing, to a Siouxland that is thriving today.
Over the course, of the next six weeks we are going to look back at special and interesting events that many Siouxlanders may know nothing about. I encourage you to interact with others and myself as we take a jog back in time…
Located at South Ravine Park there is a grave monument. This monument pays tribute to the “First Bride.” The first bride was Rosalie Menard Leonais and she attained that title because she was believed to be the first bride to wed a non-native American in the area that would become Sioux City.
The Woodbury County Pioneer Club built The First Bride’s Grave Monument in 1938 and it has been located at the Park ever since. It is located in a corner of the park and a small trail with a few steps lead to the grave.
Rosalie’s family moved to the Perry Creek & the Missouri River in the 1850’s. She was the daughter of a French/Canadian fur trader Louis Menard and his wife, Native American, Klanhaywin.
Upon arrival, the family met a man name Joseph Leonais little did they know that their daughter would soon be wed to him. He was also a French/Canadian fur trapper who settled down in the area. Shortly, after them meeting they were married by a traveling priest and at the time Rosalie was just a teenager and Joseph in his late twenties.
They built a home where they had four children and the location if found today would be in the 2nd and Water Street neighborhood where they spent the newlywed years. Later on, they moved to a farm along the Floyd River and as many mothers did back then, she died giving birth to a child at a young age. Rosalie was only 27 years old when she gave birth to her son William.
Tune in next Friday as we will continue the series ‘The Life of Siouxland,’ and don’t even try to guess what historical event I am going to pick next, because it is kind of which ever way the wind blows…
Have a great weekend Siouxland! Plus, you get Monday off so go do something fun!