Guy Moede

Guy Roger Moede is the third oldest of eleven children belonging to Mr. William Moede Sr. and Mrs. Oleyna (Miller) Moede of Morgan Siding in the township of Red springs.  Guy would like to think that it was a sunny day and the birds were singing, but laughs and says it was probably dark and gloomy that day instead. Guy was born, as many of our elders were, at home with the aid of a next door neighbor or mid-wife. Guy believes that it was his mother's next-door neighbor Mrs. Mable Mohawk-Schauske that assisted his mother with his birth.

Guy was raised in a small home located along Huntington Road. The original family home was torn down just a few years ago to make way for a new generation of Moedes. When Guy was asked how he got the nickname "Took" he laughed and said well Old Man Schabow gave me that nickname. Guy went on to explain that on one of his trips (as a young boy) to Schabow's Gas Station in Gresham, that it was a usual occurrence that he would ask his dad if he would buy him a pocketknife from the display case. His dad always said no that they didn't have the money and then would laugh. On one particular occasion Guy was left alone at the display case and well, helped himself to a shiny new pocketknife. The next time Guy and his dad went to Schabow's Gas Station Old Man Schabow looked at Guy and said, "You took my pocketknife." Guy's dad turned and looked at Guy and asked, "Did you take a knife?" Guy without hesitation said to his dad, "Yes, because you wouldn't buy it for me -- so I took it."

Old Man Schabow laughed at Guy and said, "that's a good name for you, Took!" and the nickname stuck with Guy ever since. By the way Guy said he had to give the pocketknife back and he never did get his dad to buy him one.

Guy attended Mission School up until the eighth grade and has fond memories of the school, staff and the other kids that attended the school with him. After completing the eighth grade Guy went to work for his father's trucking business. At fourteen years old Guy was driving trucks, all kinds of trucks, everything from pickup trucks, milk trucks, dump trucks, and even logging trucks to different locations throughout the state. Guy said, "Now-a-days you wouldn't let a fourteen year old kid get behind the wheel of just about anything let alone a big truck but in those days times were tough and kids did whatever they could to help their parents provide for the rest of their brothers and sisters still at home and too young to work." 

Shortly after Guy's seventeenth birthday he enlisted into the United States Marine Corp. in an effort to do his part in winning the Korean War. Guy completed his boot camp training at Camp Pendleton Marine Corp. base located near San Diego, California. After surviving boot camp Guy was assigned to the Marine Corps First Division as a Military Police Officer. Guy was also a member of the First Division's Boxing Team fighting in the 135-140 pound weight class. When asked about his record during his military boxing career Guy laughed and said, "W ell lets just say that I won more matches then I lost and let's just leave it as that." Guy went on to serve his mandatory enlistment of two years of service to the United States Marines and his Country and returned back to Morgan Siding.

Once home Guy found the local job market to be nearly non-existent and soon had to do as many others, look to the bigger cities for employment. Guy soon found a job in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Guy shared the weekend car drives home with the "Bowman Boys" Gobe, Kink, Mose and Claude Bowman. They all shared an apartment in Milwaukee during the week. Guy said that if they were lucky and didn't make a refreshment stop along the way, the weekend trips home would take about five to six hours barring holiday traffic. Guy said, "Back then there were no four-lane highways from Milwaukee to anywhere near the reservation, hell we were just glad to see blacktops roads most of the way up." With full-time employment and some money in the bank Guy mustered up the courage and asked his sweetheart Ms. Delores Creapeau the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George and Delia (Kaquatosh) Creapeau of Neopit, Wisconsin to marry him. Guy laughed and said, "When I asked Delores to marry me I was more nervous than standing at attention in front of any Marine Corp Sergeant!" Guy and Delores had three daughters Jeannie (Shilts), Oleyna (Hirthe) and Theresa (Miller).

Once all their daughters had grown up and started families of their own Guy and Delores had found them with an empty nest. Guy and Delores soon became foster parents for over fifteen years to a number of Native American kids in the Milwaukee area, some of which Guy still remains in contact with to this day. Each foster child was mixed in with grand kids, nieces and nephews so as you can imagine Guy's home was always a bustling and lively home. Although Delores passed away in September of 1992 after a sixth-month battle with cancer Guy still cherishes the memories and love they shared with each other, their kids, grandkids, and their foster kids throughout the years. When asked what are the things in life he is most proud of he said his family, military service and his thirty-eight year career as a Boiler Maker for Advance Tank and Boiler located on Jones Island in Milwaukee. Guy said, "When I started for Advance I was sweeping floors, once I learned how to weld I began to build smoke stacks and water towers all over the country." During the last 15 years of his career with Advance Tank and Boiler Guy became a foreman and supervised numerous projects throughout the state and country.

Through his military service and working experience Guy has been all over the United States and beyond. The Aleutian Islands, Alaska, Maine, California, Wyoming, Texas, Ohio, and Massachusetts are just some the areas Guy has traveled during the first 73 years of his life.

When Guy was asked if he had any "pearls of wisdom" for today's youth Guy said, "Stay in school and get your education. Times were different when I was young man. A hard worker with some luck had a chance finding a good job. Now days that is nearly impossible with computers and other gadgets running most of the jobs and offices, you need an education and a degree in order to have the opportunities for good jobs."

Although, Guy is currently enjoying his 9th year of official retirement he still remains very active as a part-time employee for the Township of Red Springs, providing road maintenance and other outside duties. He is also an active member of the Mohican Veterans and the Gresham American Legion. Guy has also been busy building flagpoles for various Tribal buildings with his most recent project being building flag poles for the pow-wow grounds. Guy can be seen regularly in the community whether its installing flag poles, along a road side clearing some brush, putting up a new road sign or as a volunteer of the Mohican Veterans and Gresham American Legion at local ceremonies, parades, pow-wows, military services, or selling raffle tickets for a fund raising effort.