I was brought up in Mishawaka, Indiana which is along the stjoseph river and near South Bend and the University of Notre Dame.
Mishawaka, the Princess City, lies nestled along the meandering path of the St. Joseph River. The city is named after Princess Mishawaka, daughter of Shawnee Chief Elkhart. The legend of her romance with white trapper Deadshot, and abduction by her jealous Indian suitor Grey Wolf, characterizes the mixture of romance and history still found in Mishawaka today.
The name Mishawaka means "sweet water." Princess Mishawaka was the daughter of Shawnee Chief Elkhart. It is said that when the Shawnee and the Potawatomi were battling each other, Chief Elkhart was wounded in battle and Princess Mishawaka rallied the Shawnee warriors. Princess Mishawaka was captured during battle, and held hostage by the Potawatomi chief.
During her captivity, the princess fell in love with a young white scout known only as "Dead Shot." A rescue attempt was soon made my Gray Wolf, a sub-chief of the Shawnee tribe who wanted Princess Mishawaka for his wife, but was denied.
There are differing tales as to whether Gray Wolf intended to return the Princess to gain favor with her father or to hold her hostage and demand her hand in marriage. We do know that Dead Shot followed Gray Wolf and the Princess with the intent to return her to her father.
In a skirmish between the two suitors, Gray Wolf sensed his defeat and stabbed Princess Mishawaka in the breast before his own death. Dead Shot nursed the Princess back to health and later married her. They lived in a cabin on the St. Joseph River and worked for peace between the settlers and the Native Americans.