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Temple Hill Indian Battle

Raymond Remembered
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In recent years, Raymond researchers have uncovered what may have been a direct link with that last Indian battle. Local farmer, Ralph Meldrum tells of talking with a young Indian sugar beet worker - Francis Red Crow - back in 1944; "We were standing at the east end of my barn. He (Red Crow) pointed east to a hill about three miles away (Raymondites know it as Temple Hill), and he told me that the Last Indian Battle had started on that hill. "He said that a party of Bloods were travelling through the area on their way to the St. Mary River." (Apparently to join the larger group in winter camp.) Two of the families were very tired, so they decided to camp for the night beside a spring at the base of the hill." (That spring still is being used by Charles Anstey to water his stock.) "During the night, a Cree war party, headed for Fort Whoop-up to attack the Blood camp, chanced on the little encampment and killed everyone in it except one small boy. He crawled out from under a tent and followed the trail to the St. Mary River to warn the Bloods camped there."

Ralph Meldrum points out that Francis Red Crow was the grandson of the Blood Chief who was one of those to sign Treaty Seven with the Canadian Government. The chances are that Francis Red Crow was speaking from history passed down with the Blackfoot Confederacy.

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