Left- Kathy Cummings spoke with visitors to the fort. As they passed through the cabins she told many visitors the story of the native woman they were about to meet.
As the story went Elisha was the long ago captured sister of Melanie. After many years as a captive she had been returned to the fort- but all of the women’s attempts to teach her to dress and live again as a white women had failed. She persisted in sleeping outdoors and still clung to her native clothing and ornaments.