When Samuel Beebe homesteaded in
1836 his was one of two "white families"
between Momence and Chicago, Illinois. Chief
Yellowhead's village was less than a mile away in
the woods up a gentle slope on the other side of a
stream. In his memoirs Mr. Beebe spoke of wolves
and a herd of more than 300 deer in the meadows
between his homestead and Chief Yellowhead's
village. Leonard Perry Bradley, my Grandfather,
married Mr. Beebe's daughter Bertha and inherited
the farm. Leonard died a few weeks after I was
born. I was named Leonard in his honor.