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Louis Boucher: Canadian Guide of the Grand Canyon

The most famous guide in the Grand Canyon was a Canadian named Louis Boucher. He was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec around 1840 but his self-proclaimed restless spirit took him throughout the West. He was a prospector by trade, and like thousands of others, he passed through Victoria in the early 1860s heading to the Fraser and Cariboo gold rushes. It was …

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Mary Gibson, Lady Buckaroo

She was born Antoinette Marie Massoz on Aug 28, 1894, in Holland, Man., one of four children born to Joseph and Marie Charlotte Massoz. The family had emigrated from Belgium, briefly settled in North Dakota and later moved to Saskatoon, Sask., where Marie’s father ran a livery stable and her brothers, Alex and George, broke …

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The Murder of Marmaduke Graburn

WHAT WE KNOW: Marmaduke Graburn enlisted in the North West Mounted Police in Ottawa and was sworn in as a constable on June 9, 1879 in Fort Walsh, Northwest Territories. His regimental number was 335, and the new recruit was assigned to horse camp. On November 17, 1879, the 19-year-old became the first member of …

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Lorne Craig: Badlands Rancher

Born in 1902, Lorne Craig was well into his 80s when I met him. He came from a pioneer family of 10 children and his dad and grandfather were early ranchers in Oklahoma when it was opened up for settlement. Despite some pretty big challenges and harsh winters, the new land proved to be productive …