Minnie Josephine Otherday Weldon (July 24, 1877-June 18, 1959)

By David Schleper

Minnie Josephine Otherday WeldoneAccording to Mary Cavanaugh DuBois, “Everyone in the community knew ‘Indian Minnie,’ who made beautiful beaded articles. The purses mother had her make were not leather, but made from rubber inner tubes. They had beaded handles and rubber streamers decorated with beads. The price was $1.00 each.”

Minnie Josephine Otherday was born in a tipi on July 24, 1877 on the north side of the Minnesota River in Tiŋta-otoŋwe. Her parents were Jim and Lucy Otherday. Her grandmother was the sister of Chief Ŝakpe II, whom the city of Shakopee was named.

According to Diane Sexton, “My grandma had a pair of baby booties and a pillow made by Minnie, they always fascinated me as a young girl. She later donated them to the historical society.” Marcia Wagner remembered, “When I was a girl Indian Minnie lived on the Indian Road, on the Eden Prairie side. I used to take a walk and visit her. She was a very nice lady. Went to school with her granddaughter Darlene. I grew up in Eden Prairie on Spring Road, so Indian Road was just like a hop and a skip away.”

In the 1980 McDevitt family history book, there is mention of Minnie:

“Because the homestead only consisted of fifty acres, his father rented land at a number of places and also purchased some land at two different sites adjoining the city of Shakopee. These tracts of land that his father had purchased are now a part of the city of Shakopee and many homes have already been built on this land…To get to one of the rented fields, they had to drive across the old bridge at Shakopee onto the Indian Road, where they would see Indian Minnie sewing under a shade tree and the young Indian boys running and hiding behind trees, aiming and shooting their Fourth of July guns.”

(Some information from online discussion on If You Grew Up In Shakopee…)

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