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Frontier Scouts and Guides

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  • Russel Farnham (1784 - 1832)
    Russel Farnham (1784 – October 23, 1832) was an American frontiersman, explorer, and fur trader. An agent of John Jacob Astor's American Fur Company, he oversaw fur trading in the Great Lakes region ...
  • Chief William 'Stays at Home' Spotted Tail (1859 - 1931)
    Sicangu Lakota William attended Carlisle Indian School in Carlisle, PA. He entered the school on October 6, 1879 and departed on June 23, 1880. The file indicates Spotted Tail was living in Cut...
  • Sgt. Willard Standing Bear (1867 - 1933)
    Oglala Lakota AKA: Never Defeated Attended Carlisle Indian Industrial School: "Willard Standing Bear (Shot to Pieces), a member of the Sioux Nation, who entered the school on November 30, 1882 an...
  • Baptiste Eugene Pourier (1843 - 1928)
    Western Frontiersman. He was a Frenchman who left home on an expedition at the age of 15 to trade with the Indians, and it was this early contact that made him into one of the most acclaimed scout guid...
  • Pvt. Edward Janis (1869 - 1907)
    Oglala Lakota Son of Nicholas Janis and Martha He Bear Attended Carlisle Indian Industrial School: 1886 Student file of Edward Janis, a member of the Sioux Nation, who entered the school on Octob...

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"The West owes much to those hardy men who, usually from mere love of adventure, wandered alone or in small companies across the wilderness, ever in advance of the settlements and the troops, exploring the unknown, tracing nameless rivers, uncovering hidden water holes in the grim desert, penetrating to every nook and corner of the Great Plains and the mountains beyond, discovering the haunts of Indians, the routes which the wheels of caravans could follow with greatest safety, the best camping spots, the scattered places where wood and water were certain to be found. To such as these -- the scouts and guides of the frontier -- every prairie traveler, every incoming settler, every officer riding at the head of his troop and seeking the savage foe owed gratitude."

Source: Randall Parrish, Frontier Scouts and Guides (1907)

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