Herbert James Atkinson
Notes from a great granddaughter:

"Herbert James Atkinson, born Feb. 22, 1858 in Three Rivers, Michigan, he died Aug. 28, 1932 at Burns Lake, B. C. Also known a long time ago . . . as Buckskin Jim.
His second marriage . . . was Pauline Lefort. She was born Oct. 10, 1878 at St. Francis Xavier, Red River Settlement (now Winnipeg), she died May 10, 1970 at Penticton, B. C. The children of the second marriage were: Dewey Edward born 1900 and died Jan. 22, 1973 at Port Alberni, then James (no info on him as yet) but he married twice, then Elizabeth Mae born Apr. 15, 1902 in Forest Grove, Montana, she passed away about 8 years ago and was married to Harold Eugene Tibbetts, then Alma (no info on her as yet), then Delma Josephine born June 12, 1911 at Webb, Saskatchewan and died Sept. 5, 1978 at Chilliwack, B. C. she married John Lewis Frank of Terrace, B. C., then next was Elmer Joseph born 1915-16 and died Nov. 28, 1948. Delma and Jack's children were, Ruby Della (1926-1993), Roy James (1930-1971), Vera Mathilda (1933-1993)."

". . . Herbert and Pauline Atkinson. I have a copy of his Naturalization Papers showing his age to be 73 years of age on October 6, 1931. His occupation was farmer. He died August 28, 1932, with the certificate showing Burns Lake."

From the Burns Lake Observer, dated September 1, 1932.

"Survivor of Custer Massacre Dies in Burns Lake Hospital. H. (James) Atkinson served as scout under Col Custer and Col. Reno and was friend to Buffalo Bill and other pioneers concluding seventy-six years of active life, most of which had been spent on the frontier and in pioneer districts, H. Atkinson (known to most of his friends as James Atkinson) of Francois Lake breathed his last in the Burns Lake PHospital on Sunday August 28. He had been in a very critical state of health for two months and his illness extended over a period of two years.

Mr. Atkinson was born in the State of Michigan, and he has been a pioneer all of his life. He had many a fight with the Indians in the central States durings his early youth and manhood and he was for many years a scout with Marcus A. Reno, later promoted Colonel U. S. A. and Brigadier General U. S. V. Mr. Atkinson was at Colonel G. A. Custer's last stand and his force of 1,100 practically wiped out. In 1888, when 'Colonel' W. F. Cody (better known as 'Buffalo Bill') was making the preliminary organization for his well-known wild west show, he offered Mr. Atkinson a half-interest in the undertaking. They had been scouts together for many years, but the partnership in this venture was not consummated. As a souvenier of his years of scouting and fighting, Mr. Atkinson carried marks of several arrow wounds and nine bullet wounds in his body. In 1898, Mr. Atkinson married Pauline Lefort, who was living east of Winnipeg, and shortly afterward they made their residence in Montana. In 1904 the family emigrated to Saskatchewan and homesteaded fourteen miles west of Swift Current and in 1918 they came to Francois Lake where they have since resided.

Immediate surviving relatives are Mr. Atkinson's widow, three sons, James of Brewster, Wash., Elmer of Munson, Alberta, and Dewey of BC., three daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Tibbets of Grand Forks, BC, Mrs. A. W. Douglas, Tacoma, Wash., and Mrs. J. L. Frank of Terrace, BC, also nine grandchildren.

The funeral services were conducted in St. John's Church (Anglican), Burns Lake and at the Burns Lake Cemetary by Rev. C. A. Hinchcliffe. A large number of friends and mourners were present and many floral remembrances covered the bier.

The deceased was widely known and greatly respected in the Lakes District and other points where he had previously resided."


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