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Manitoba Photographers: Ashel Herbert “Ace” Scouten (1850-1937)

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Born at Kingston, Ontario in April 1850, he attended the Kingston Military College where, for a time, he roomed with inventor Thomas Edison. In 1872, he came to Manitoba as a member of the second Red River Expeditionary Force. Two years later, after joining the North West Mounted Police, he travelled across the prairies to the Rocky Mountains. In 1875, he was posted to the NWMP’s post at Tanner’s Crossing (later Minnedosa) with his brother Sidney before being transferred to Shoal Lake. He left the police force in 1877 and operated the Queen’s Hotel at Minnedosa until he served until General Middleton in the 1885 North West Rebellion. Returning to Manitoba, he operated a hotel and the post office (1886-1891) at Shoal Lake while homesteading in what is now Riding Mountain National Park. He later operated a sawmill and the CNR hotel at Riding Mountain, and was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1893. From 1892 to 1911, he was postmaster at Riding Mountain, being discharged in the latter year for “political partisanship.” In 1910, a fire destroyed his farm buildings and most of his collection of photographs. He died at the Middlechurch Home on 30 December 1937 and was buried in the Riding Mountain Cemetery. He was survived by two sons.


“A long list of justices,” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 March 1893, page 4.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

“Ashel Herbert Scouten,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 December 1937, page 21.

“Riel Rebellion veteran dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 January 1938, page 14.

“A. H. Scouten,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 January 1938, page 8.

Tanner’s Crossing - The Early History of Minnedosa to 1885 by Robert M. Mummery, Minnedosa, The Minnedosa Tribune, 1998, page 90.

Post Offices and Postmasters, Library and Archives Canada.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 May 2016

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