"David Cusic, the Tuscarora Indian, in
his history of the Iroquois, among other instances, speaks of the Big Quisquis, [A
word meaning " hog " in modern Iroquois.] a terrible monster who invaded at an
early time the Indian settlements by Lake Ontario, and was at length driven back by the
warriors from several villages after a severe engagement; and of the Big Elk, another
great beast, who invaded the towns with fury and was at length killed in a great fight;
and Elias Johnson, the Tuscarora chief, in his "History of the Six Nations,"
speaks of another monster that appeared at an early period in the history of his people,
which they called Oyahguaharb, supposed to be some great mammoth who was furious against
men, and destroyed the lives of many Indian hunters, but who was at length killed after a
long and severe contest."
The palisaded prehistoric village site was
another huge find for him. I have yet to locate the drawings of the village site, but wil
be sure to post them when I get them! Here are some other shots from that dig. The
littlest boy is his son Dick , then next youngest boy is his other son Kenny.
Ellsworth has on the white shirt in the top picture, is on the left in the middle shot,
and is in the jacket in the bottom shot. Dick told me that the other two younger men in
the pictures below are Wayne and Roy Allen. Wayne went on the become a doctor and
was the head of the Pediatric Department at Guthrie until his untimely death at age 65.
Dick tells me that these pictures were most
likely taken in 1933 or 1935. Dick would have been 9 or 11 years old at the time.
Ellsworth would have been 36 or 38.
Here are more photos of the dig that year -
including the huge trench marking where the palisades were.
Here are actual photos of the post holes he
found for the palisaded prehistoric village site at the south end at the base of Spanish
Hill: (he protected these so they could be found again someday)