FROM KANZA PRAIRIES TO THE WHITE HOUSE
The story of the little Indian Boy who became Vice President of the United States.
Permelia Hubbard Curtis is the paternal grandmother of Charles Curtis. "Indian Charley" was raised by his two grandmothers; one who could trace her lineage back to the 1832 landing of the good ship Elizabeth on the shores of New England. The other grandmother traced her lineage to Chief White Hair (Pawhuska) of the Osage people and Chief White Plume of the Kanza people. Which life would Charley choose?
Grandma Curtis is very proud of her role in raising her grandson who is now the United States Senator from Kansas. After their mother's death, Charles and his sister split their time between the two cultures of their grandparents until the Kanza people were relocated to Indian Territory. Charles then supported himself as a jockey for prairie pony races until Grandmother Curtis insisted he give it up and get an education. He self-studied law and passed the bar at the age of twenty-one, becoming Shawnee County Attorney at the age of twenty-four.