Felix Monroe (Munro).

(1825-1885)
Felix was born at Mountain House, the son of Hugh Monroe (born 1784) and eno!aa""ii #to"an ($iegan), Munroe%s first wife& Felix 'oined the H() (1847-18*1) as"at+hewan ,istri+t, and was assigned to -o+". Mountain House in 18*/ to 18*1 as an inter!reter, he then be+a0e a free 0an in 18*1& Felix Monroe 0arried 1udith 2odin so0eti0e before 185/, then he 0arried b. +usto0 and then offi+iall. on 1une 7, 1852 at fort des $rairies, to 3ouise eguin dit 3aderoute, born 1825, at Fort )u0berland, as"at+hewan& he was the daughter of #li4ier eguin dit 3aderoute and 5ngeli6ue (rabant& He died on the !lains near -ed ,eer -i4er in 1875& Felix Munro was a M7tis !lains0an of $ii"ani ((la+"foot) des+ent& His father Hugh had +o0e west fro0 Montreal as an a!!renti+e +ler" with the Hudson8s (a. )o0!an. in 1815& Hugh Munro wor"ed in the as"at+hewan distri+t for se4en .ears before 0arr.ing eno!aa""ii, a $ii"ani wo0an, and be+o0ing a free0an, or inde!endent hunter and tra!!er& Felix, the se+ond of their ten +hildren, was born in 1825 at -o+". Mountain House& 5lthough his earliest .ears were s!ent with the $ii"ani, Felix Munro grew u! in +lose +onta+t with the as"at+hewan fur trade& His father had re-engaged with the H() fro0 1892 to 1844, 0ostl. as an inter!reter, and Felix Munro too" a si0ilar !ath when he +a0e of age& :he .ounger Munro wor"ed off and on for the H() as a ;hunter and inter!reter< fro0 1847 to 18*1, when he signed his last +ontra+t at -o+". Mountain House& Munro8s fa0il. +onne+tions, his "nowledge of (la+"foot +ulture, his fluen+. in 0ulti!le languages=he s!o"e )ree, >nglish and Fren+h as well as (la+"foot=and his di!lo0ati+ s"ills 0ade hi0 an in4aluable +onta+t for >uro!eans +ondu+ting business in (la+"foot +ountr.& $alliser >x!edition naturalist 1a0es He+tor relied on Munro for !roto+ol ad4i+e when +onsulting with a !art. of (la+"foot leaders 4isiting -o+". Mountain House in 1anuar. 1858& Munro !ro4ed e6uall. ade!t at !oliti+al negotiation during a tense en+ounter between $alliser and a (la+"foot war !art. the following .ear& outhes" heard about the e4ent that fall, on his wa. ba+" fro0 the -o+". Mountains& ?@5At >d0onton we learned that the (la+"feet ha4e be+o0e 4er. hostile, so that )a!tain $alliser with diffi+ult. es+a!ed fro0 the0 owing his safet. onl. to the efforts of Munroe, his inter!reter (brother to 0. Munroe, $is+an Munroe), who dissuaded the0 fro0 an intended atta+"&? Munro8s wife, 3ouise 3aderoute dit eguin, grew u! at Fort >d0onton& :he two 0arried in 185/ at the 3a+ te& 5nne 0ission& Bn the .ears that followed, 3ouise Munro tra4eled with her husband when !ossible& he was with hi0 on the 185C $alliser >x!edition, when she 0ade dried 0eat !ro4isions for the !art.&

5fter be+o0ing a free0an in 18*2, Munro settled with his fa0il. in t& 5lbert& He was !art of the +o00unal buffalo hunts held out on the !lains and 0a. ha4e hauled freight or engaged in s0all-s+ale far0ing& 5t the sa0e ti0e, he was in tou+h with his $ii"ani relati4es through 4isits to Montana and southern 5lberta& Bn his 0e0oirs, M7tis !lains0an $eter >ras0us re+alled an e4ening in the earl. 187/s when Munro ;s!ent half the night telling us of the 0an. 0isdeeds< +o00itted against the (la+"foot b. whis"e. traders o!erating in Dhoo!-E! +ountr.& Felix Munro died in 1875 while on a buffalo hunt in the -ed ,eer -i4er 4alle.& His widow and +hildren li4ed for se4eral .ears at (uffalo 3a"e (:ail )ree"), a buffalo hunters8 winter settle0ent near !resent-da. tettler& e4eral of the Munro +hildren later settled in the >d0onton area, in+luding son (en'a0in and daughters 1ulie and $hilo0ene&

)o0!iled b. 3awren+e (ar"well Metis Heritage and Histor. -esear+h )oordinator 3ouis -iel Bnstitute

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