Queen Marie of Romania becomes a Sister of the Sioux, 1926, Mandan, ND

Col. Welch and Queen Marie spent only a few fleeting seconds together in a tent at the Mandan Railroad Station , exchanging pin-pricks of blood to become Brother and Sister, but this “union” resulted in the following marvelous exchange of letters and photos


Newspaper Article – Queen Marie’s Special Train Speeds to Winnepeg

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Newspaper Article – Sioux War Bonnet to be Given to Queen Marie

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Queen Marie Reception Program, page 1

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Queen Marie Reception Program, page 2

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Queen Marie’s Reception Program, page 3

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Photograph – Greeting of Queen Marie by Red Tomahawk and Others

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Editor’s Note: In the late 1870’s Red Tomahawk, wandering the Dakotas, starving, looking for food, pulled Welch, then a 5-year old frightened boy from under a bed in the Welch homestead and held him up by the scruff of the neck for ‘examination.’  Now, almost 50 years later, these two are greeting a Queen from far overseas.  Quite a change over time.

 

Queen Marie’s Reception Program, pg 4

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War Bonnet Presented to Queen Marie

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Welch saluted by Queen Marie, holding War Bonnet

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Signed Photo sent from Romania upon Queen Marie’s Return Home

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Newspaper Article – Queen Marie Adopted by Sioux Tribe

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Queen Marie Becomes a Sister of the Sioux – News Article

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Two Pictures of America – Editorial Dated November 7, 1926

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Queen Marie ‘Knighted’ by Indian Tribe – News Article

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Queen Marie’s Diary of her Journey to America

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Letter from Edith Hughes, a  Friend of Queen Marie – 3 pages

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Welch Letter to  Queen Marie – Dated November 30, 1926 – 3 pages

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Two Pictures of America – Editorial Dated December 22, 1926

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Queen Marie’s Letter to Welch – Dated December 20, 1926 – 2 pages

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Queen Marie’s Signed Royal Portrait

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Welch letter to Queen Marie – December 8, 1927

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Attachment to letter to Queen Marie

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Queen Marie writes to her Sioux Brothers from her Castle. A Letter edged in black because her husband King Ferdinand has died. – 4 pages

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Queen Marie’s Royal Signed Portrait in Red Tomahawk’s Headdress

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Queen Marie’s Royal Signed Portrait in Red Tomahawk’s Headdress

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Excerpt from diary of Web Master’s mother, Nov. 3, 1926, watching Queen Marie’s motorcade in Portland, Oregon

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“Baby Boy, Baby Boy, where have you been?

To Sandy Boulevard to see the Queen!

Baby Boy, Baby Boy, what did you there?

Slept all the time she was passing so fair.”

 

“She was Queen of Romania, but then we waited for here for two hours, and I went to sleep, and Mother was so excited when she passed that she forgot to wake me.  A real Queen like they have in the fairy stories!”

 

 

 

 

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