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Ancestor who met Sitting Bull
22-JUN-2010

Ancestor who met Sitting Bull

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Grave marker in Banff cemetery of an ancestor of my wife, who at 15 as an unhappy at home teenager signed on in the North West Mounted Police,(forerunners of the RCMP) as a bugle boy. He went west in the first contingent sent to what would be Alberta. His role was to get up first and wake everyone else. In an adventurous life he was at the meeting with Sitting Bull after the Sioux came north after teaching Custer a lesson in cavalry tactics. He was involved with ejecting the whiskey traders, and sat in on most of the Indian treaty signings that made the west farmland. An unimaginable life today.

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Jason Anderson02-Jul-2010 03:44
I hope he at least got to see the end of WW2. I don't know why that occurred to me.
Custer was an ass. I know why that occurred to me.
John Cooper23-Jun-2010 08:37
Abso-bloody-lutely fantastic.
Like you say, we cannot imagine a life like that.
Shame there no cameras then, well not for the average person.
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