CHOUTEAU, Rene Auguste
The dividing line between Chouteau's property and that belonging to Dubuque lay at the mouth of CATFISH CREEK. Dubuque's buildings were to remain in his possession during his lifetime with another section of land to be granted to Chouteau if necessary. During his lifetime, Dubuque maintained control over Chouteau's land. The deed was recorded on December 3, 1804, in St. Louis.
Chouteau later sold half of his Dubuque claim to John Mullanphy of St. Louis. A final accounting finds Chouteau paid about six cents an acre for just less than one-fourth of Dubuque's MINING operation.
Chouteau, the administrator of Dubuque's estate, sent his nephew Pierre CHOUTEAU to the mines in June 1810, to inventory Dubuque's personal property. At the auction that followed, Rene Auguste Chouteau paid himself a 10 percent commission of $1,424.35.
The issue of who finally owned the land was not settled until the case of CHOUTEAU vs MOLONY.