John Green Jefferson

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Sat., Dec. 11, 1943

Indian Warrior Taken By Death

Another of Chief Joseph's warriors has been taken by death.

Shortly before midnight Thursday John Green Jefferson, credited with 95 years and believed by some to be older, died of infirmities at the home of his son, Joe Green, at Lapwai. Jefferson was born in the Salmon river country and when war broke out in 1877 between the whites and Indians, Jefferson enlisted with the forces of Chief Joseph, taking part in the Cottonwood and Whitebird battles.

The old warrior was wont to tell of the part he played in saving the life of a four-year-old white girl soon after hostilities started. The child was taken captive, Jefferson related, and there was an inclination on the part of other Indians to end her life. Jefferson successfully begged for her release and then returned her to the arms of her father and mother. This was in the Whitebird vicinity.

Funeral services for Jefferson will be conducted from the Indian Methodist church at Lapwai Monday at 2 o'clock.

Survivors are his two sons, Joe Green, Lapwai, and Francis Green, Warm Springs, Ore.; two daughters, Cecelia Peo and Mrs. Charles Moses, both of Nespelum, Wash.; an unknown number of grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

The body is at the Brower-Wann chapel.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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