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Re: Henry Alfred Kanouse, dob currently unknown
Posted by: George Cole (ID *****6049) Date: January 28, 2003 at 17:07:51
In Reply to: Henry Alfred Kanouse, dob currently unknown by Linda of 102

Henry Alfred Kanouse born October 18, 1847 in New Jersey died November 06, 1922 in Tacoma, Washington.

Source is David E. Kanouse manuscript on Jacob Kanouse and his descendants, 1991:
Henry Alfred Kanouse was known as Fred. He had a wild and wooly life on the Montana and Alberta, Canada frontier. He was involved in several shootings, killing several men. One was White Eagle, an Indian in Alberta, Canada who was the chief of the Blood Indians, with whom Fred and his partner carried on a lucrative business trading in whiskey and guns [illegal at the time]. He killed a man named Jim Nabors in an argument about the ownership of a horse. At the time of this shooting Fred was the Sheriff of Chouteau County. Fred always claimed the shooting was in self defense. Others disputed his claim but he was never charged in the affair, although he was relieved of his duties as sheriff. Another time Fred became involved in a battle with the Kootenay tribe in Alberta. A chief entered Fred's trading post and threatened to kill Fred's partner. Fred shot the chief and a shoot out ensued. Several tribesmen were killed and the Mounted Police responded. During the investigation and apparently in a demonstration of what happened a witness waved his gun around and pulled the trigger setting off a keg of gunpowder that blew the wall out of the trading post. Fred remained in Alberta for many years and was involved in numerous nefarious adventures. Late in life he moved to Fernie, British Columbia and finally to Tacoma, Washington where he died. As an old man, Fred Kanouse was interviewed by a reporter interested in doing a story on the pioneer times. "Is it true, sir," inquired the reporter, "that you were on the Canadian prairies before the coming of the Northwest Mounted Police?" "Son," replied Fred, "I was the reason they came."

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