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The Sharpshooter From Harbourville

The Sharpshooter From Harbourville

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Published by Charles Francis
Daniel Gould of Harbourville, Nova Scotia was a US national shooting champion. He trained US Army snipers for World War I. He also served in the force that chased Pancho Villa on the Mexican border.
Daniel Gould of Harbourville, Nova Scotia was a US national shooting champion. He trained US Army snipers for World War I. He also served in the force that chased Pancho Villa on the Mexican border.

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The Sharpshooter from HarbourvillebyCharles FrancisHarbourville, with its fine protected harbour and high bluff looking out over theBay of Fundy, is sometimes called Nova Scotia's undiscovered treasure. Part of thereason for this is that Harbourville is a Mecca for camera buffs and paintersalike. Harbourville also has a deep-rooted history.Harbourville like most other Fundy shore communities looks to the sea. In partbecause of this it was first known as Givan Wharf. Harbourville saw many of itsresidents sail off to make their living as fishermen or further afield asmerchants. One Harbourville man who did the later was named John Gould. Gould,whose first occupation was farmer, became a successful merchant with businessconnections in Boston and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In this he was typical ofmany Fundy shore men who wanted to build a better life for themselves and theirfamilies. John Gould's son Daniel was less typical to say the least.Daniel Gould was considered one of the foremost marksmen in North America duringthe first decades of the twentieth century. Gould's accomplishments includedholding a number of small arms national marksmanship championship titles in theUnited States. Moreover, his skills with a rifle were such that instead of beingsent to the front in World War I, he was assigned to training sharpshooters or- touse a more common and prejudicial name- snipers.Daniel Israel Gould was born November 21, 1875. His parents were John Rufus andSusan (Haggerty) Gould. There is a certain degree of confusion regarding DanielGould's birthplace as well as his mother's name and birthplace. Gould always gavehis birthplace as Harbourville. Local birth records give it as Garland. Inaddition some local records give his mother's name as Susannah Hagerty.Regardless, Daniel Gould considered Harbourville his home town. John Rufus Gouldwas born in Garland. Susan Gould considered Black Rock her home town, even thoughlocal records have Garland as her birthplace.Daniel Gould spent his earliest years in Harbourville. By the time he was ateenager the family, which included his siblings Editha and Edward, had moved toNew Hampshire. As a mark of the family's improved financial standing, Gould wassent to a private New Hampshire boarding school, Proctor Academy. From here hewent on to Colby Academy in New London, New Hampshire. Colby was a feeder schoolfor prestigious Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Gould graduated from Bowdoinin 1903. He then entered the teaching profession in Bangor, Maine.In 1906, Gould enlisted in Company G of the Maine National Guard. Two years laterhe was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. A year later he was 1st Lieutenant. He wouldeventually be promoted to the rank of Captain.In 1911, Daniel Gould found himself along with the rest of Company G on theMexican border. This was the period in history when Pancho Villa was raidingacross the Rio Grande and staging bank holdups to finance his attempts tooverthrow the dictatorship that then held power in Mexico. Company G did patrolduty along the Rio Grande.It was Gould's initial success with rifles in the Maine National Guard that led tohis fascination with small arms of all varieties. It also led to his enteringmarksmanship competitions and joining the Maine State Rifle Team. He would laterserve as one of the team's coaches.

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