Chief Waupaca Burial Ground
Section 26, Township of Dupont, Waupaca County, Wisconsin
South of Marion on Highway 110, corner of Schoeneck Road.
Copied by Wayne and Alta Guyant October 1972
Chief Waupaca, better known as Sam Wapuka, was a friendly Potawatomie
Indian, who lived in
this vicinity about the time the first white men arrived.
Although he was
friendly to the settlers, his tribesmen
were bitterly opposed to the invasion of the white man. Once on a trip
with several of his warriors, they
stopped where the present city of Waupaca is located. His men were eager
to massacre the entire small
settlement and Wapuka talked long and eloquently to prevent it. He
succeeded but when he remounted his pony
to continue on his way, he suddenly fell dead from his horse. His
companions hurriedly buried his
almost where he fell. Later relatives purchased several acres of land,
including this site, and brought the body here.
His sons Shopodock and Hongkoot, stepson Jake and at least
are buried here with him. Erected 1957
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