Edward Stout, known as “Ned”, was one of the few people who lived to tell the story of the Canyon War.
A gold miner in California, Stout came north as soon as he heard about the Fraser River gold rush.
Stout and a few others came by schooner to Bellingham Bay at which point they built two flat-bottomed scows with oars and sails. They reached Fort Yale on May 20, 1858.
That same summer, a battle erupted between Nlaka’pamux people, who lived along the Fraser River, and the gold prospectors.
Stout and twenty-six others waged a battle for several days. When it was over, only four were still alive including Stout who had suffered seven arrow wounds.
Stout recovered and ventured north to the Cariboo in 1861, and was one of the first miners to set foot on Williams Creek. Stout’s Gulch is named after him.
Despite his experiences, Yale must’ve made an impression on Stout. After the Cariboo gold rush, he returned to Yale and lived there until he died in 1924, aged 99.