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Salomon Boucher (b. 1862)

Salomon Boucher (b. 1862)

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Salomon Boucher and his father, Jean Baptiste were participant's in the 1885 Resistance.
Salomon Boucher and his father, Jean Baptiste were participant's in the 1885 Resistance.

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Salomon Boucher.
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(b. 1862)Salomon was born at St. François Xavier, the son of Jean Baptiste Boucher Sr. andCaroline Lesperance. He married Rose Marie Ouellette, the daughter of Moïse Ouelletteand Isabelle Dumont. On November 19, 1883 he had signed a petition protesting the 1883Order in Council transferring the Metis lands at St. Louis to the Prince AlbertColonization Company.Salomon was a member of Captain Corbet Flamant’s company, one of the 19
dizaines
led by Gabriel Dumont during the 1885 Metis Resistance. The ProvisionalCouncil minutes of April 16, 1885 show an order for Salomon Boucher, ModesteRocheleau and François Vermette to go and hunt up men, arms and ammunition as far asthe McIntosh farm and its neighborhood.
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In Father Cloutier’s journal there is a story related by Salomon regarding the fightingat Tourond’s Coulee.Around 10:00 o’clock a man appears between the cannon and me—dressed ingrey and with a belt—Salomon Boucher thinks that it is one of his (men)— hewatches him a time scrutinizing his surroundings—Sal shows his head and the top of his chest—this grey one puts him in his sights, but Sal does not give him the time toaim—a short time later Sal receives a bullet through his hat—short time later, a manshows himself (a target at 200 yards) Sal shoots three shots and three times the man bends his head. He sets the target at 100 yards and hits him; the soldier falls on his back with his arms stretched out—this one was at the place where the Sioux was hitthe first. Another (soldier) follows and has the same end—the Metis cry—‘good,good, back down to earth, back down to earth.’
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Jerome Henry was wounded at about 10 a.m. near Salomon Boucher; it wasSalomon who dressed his wound.
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Lepine reported: “I had fun to watch James Short and Salomon Boucher firing: theyfired like they were sighting pheasants—taking their time.”
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 During the first evening at Tourond’s Coulee “Salomon Boucher and James Shortwere the only ones awake for a long time—during a certain time before sleeping (some of the men) shot in the air without aiming, while blocking their ears (and) James Shortturned and said to them; ‘My God are you ever stupid.’
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A signator to the November 19
th
, 1883, William Bremner petition from St. Louis de Langevin for a surveyand patents to their land.
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Canada Sessional Papers, “Minutes of the Provisional Government, April 1885.” 1886, Vol. 13, (No. 43), pp. 41-49.
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Gabriel Cloutier, P.A., V.G.
 Journal de l’abbé Cloutier, Vols. 1 and 2
, 1885. Archives de l’Archevêché deSaint-Boniface (AASB), Vol. 2: pp. 16-17.
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Cloutier,
op cit 
Vol. 2, p. 17.
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Cloutier,
op cit 
Vol. 2, p. 19.
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Cloutier,
op cit 
Vol. 2, p. 17.
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