Chief Mahaska, for whom Mahaska County, Ia., is named, was leader of the Iowa tribe of Indians that owned the territory now in the State of Iowa before the treaty with the general Government.
Mahaska was a wise and powerful chief, and never would permit a war against white men. It was his boast that he had never shed white blood. He was murdered in 1834 by a resentful warrior in what is now Cass County, Iowa.
Oskaloosa, the chief town in Mahaska County, has just erected a handsome bronze statue to the chief, which is a typical portrait of the later type of Indian who had begun to wear the white man's costume. His buckskin leggins and deer-skin robe have been used to good sculptural effect by the sculptor, Sherry E. Fry, of Creston, Ia. The moccasined toes are turned in, suggesting the true shuffling gait of the redskin.
This statue was shown at the salon of last year, and won honors for the young sculptor who has been admitted to the National Sculpture Society on the strength of this work.
The memorial stands on a granite pedestal in the public garden at Oskaloosa, where it was dedicated with ceremony by pioneer and leading citizens.
Overland Monthly & Out West Magazine, 1909
Submitted by Cathy Danielson