In a rural area between Plainwell and Battle Creek is the grave site for Chief Noonday. Marked by a simple wooden sign a a stone marker next to a farm field the great Indian Chief Noahquageshik ( known as Chief Noonday by europeans ) is laid to rest.
During the War of 1812, Noahquageshik was allied with the Shawnee chief and warrior Tecumseh during the Battle of the Thames. Tecumseh was killed in this battle, and Noahquageshik inherited his tomahawk and hat.
In 1836, after an especially harsh winter and a year-long outbreak of smallpox, Cheif Noonday signed the treaty, in which the Ottawa agreed to sell the Grand River lands to the United States in exchange for five-year reservations in west and northwest Michigan.
Noahquageshik died in 1855, and he was laid to rest in this spot in southwestern Michigan.
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