Valley, Vallée

Reuben Valley of Prairie du Chien was called "The Old Voyageur". He was brought to Prairie du Chien in 1854 by his father Antoine Vallée from La Baie du Febvre, Quebec and lived to be 101. With a vivid memory of the fur trading days, he remembered the songs sung by the voyageurs as they came down the Mississippi River. His family lived inside Fort Crawford for awhile. He recorded the songs in 1950 (when he was blind and 99) that were sent to the Library of Congress . He had 15 children. He died in 1952 and is buried in The Old French Cemetery in Prairie du Chien.

The family went to Quebec from France in 1610. There are still relatives in Quebec, and here in Kenosha, Prairie du Chien, and La Crosse. David Gentes, who Rueben Valley lived with (his Grandson), said there was Indian blood way back. Probably Huron.

Submitted by Harold Burke

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