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In the early days of westward expansion, Henri Chatillon was a trusted guide for pioneers and a friend of the Sioux tribe. As detailed in his historical account of their journey, The Oregon Trail, Francis Parkman recalls their travels and time spent living with the Oglala Sioux tribe.
Herman Melville, in his review of The Oregon Trail, said that Chatillon was “as gallant a man…as ever shot buffalo. For this Henry Chatillon we feel a fresh and unbounded love. He belongs to the class of men, of who Kit Carson is the model; a class, unique, and not to be transcended in interest by any personages introduced to us by Scott…May his good rifle never miss fire; and where he roves through the prairies, may the buffalo ever abound.”
Chatillon’s first wife was a Sioux woman named Bear Robe, daughter of Oglala Latoka Chief Bull Bear. Chatillon was accepted into the family, and his brothers-in-law considered him a true brother. Unfortunately, Bear Robe passed away as Chatillon was wrapping up his final adventure, and Chatillon returned to his hometown of Saint Louis alone, eventually marrying Odile Delor Lux, a marriage that united Carondelet's founding family.
Odile Delor Lux was the granddaughter of Clement Delor de Treget, the founder of the French trading hamlet of Carondelet, located in present-day South Saint Louis at the confluence of the River Des Peres and Mississippi River.
In its formative years, Carondelet was referred to as Delor's Village by residents, Vide Poche by neighboring Saint Louis residents, Catalan's Prarie by traders, and Louisborough by Delor de Treget, himself. Eventually, Delor de Treget settled on the name Carondelet as a tribute to the Spanish Governor of Louisiana Francisco Louis Hector de Carondelet.