"Aunt Marianne" Labuche

18th & 19th century, Prairie Du Chien's first Physician rescued and nursed her granddaughter, baby Louise Gagnier who had been scalped and left for dead.
Marianne Labuche, was the first person to heal the sick in Wisconsin(1). Her patients called her "Aunt Marianne". Labuche came up the Mississippi River about 1790.
She married three times and was the mother of fourteen children.
She filled a crucial need in the Wisconsin frontier with her knowledge of herbs, midwifery, and Native American and folk medicine.
Until a fort was erected in Prairie du Chien, 1816, and a surgeon arrived, she attended the sick and attended to them as a physician, and charged fees.
After the Fort, she continued to practice among the people of Prairie du Chien. Her talents were put to the test on June 26, 1827, when her baby granddaughter was scalped during an Indian attack. Labuche covered the exposed brain with a silver plate over which the skin healed. The little girls lived to be eighty years old. (Click here to download the Story of Red Bird - Prairie du Chien Public Library archives.)

(1) Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing, and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin's Past (http://goo.gl/ynO2Dh)