He joined the force in 1874 and served principally in the Whoop-Up country. Although able, he was undisciplined, and he resigned following a scandal involving a woman. He served as Indian agent at FT WALSH and in Treaty No 7. He was sympathetic to the natives but resigned as a result of a number of factors, including disagreement with departmental policy (including reduction of rations to the natives), staff cuts and the belief that his authority was being undercut. He served as a special Indian agent during the NORTH-WEST REBELLION. Subsequently, he ranched and worked as police scout, packer, guide and fire ranger until 1922, when he was appointed assistant archivist of Alberta; he was dismissed August 1927.
Author A.B. MCCULLOUGH