The Name "Femme Osage"

According to oral history, the District of Femme Osage got its name from a young Native American woman of the Osage Tribe who drowned in the creek near the mouth of the Missouri.

 

She was in love with a white youth who had been taken prisoner by her tribe and imprisoned in the cave on the Femme Osage in order to be killed at a future festivity. 

 

In the night before the tribal celebration, she helped him flee and thereby won the enmity of many people in her tribe.

 

One evening as she sat on the creek bank, longingly looking upon the Missouri River in the hope that her beloved would soon return, she was struck on the forehead by a stone thrown by the shaman of her tribe.

She fell into the river and drowned in the creek near the mouth of the Missouri. She was later found by a farmer of French background. Upon witnessing the tragedy, he sorrowfully cried out, "It is a female Osage!" 

 

And so the stream, and thus the Village, got its name--Femme Osage.