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Jesus Aragon (abt. 1835-1913)

Jesus Aragon Well Known Indian Scout Dead

Jesus Aragon, old time government scout and Indian department employee, a resident of the Shoshone reservation ever since it was established, died a week ago last Thursday from a complication of diseases. The funeral was held last Monday, the Rev. John Roberts of Wind River reading the last services. Interment was made at Wind River. He leaves in his immediate family a wife, four sons and four daughters.

At the time of the Mexican War Jesus Aragon was ten to fifteen years old, living near to what is Las Vegas, New Mexico. He went north with his people as a trapper and for a number of years was with the Blackfoot Indians. Later on he was with (Chief) Washakie, and he married a Shoshone woman who survives him.

During the Indian wars Aragon served for many years as a government scout, working under Generals Crooks and Miles. He was with the first relief expedition that reached the Custer battle field after the massacre, and he saw a great deal of the Indian fighting in the west. After the Indian troubles were over he settled down on the Shoshone reservation, where for years he had charge of the Indian cattle. In 1886 he moved with his family to land they still occupy on Wind River near Kinnear, on the reservation. Here he helped install one of the first irrigation systems on the reservation.

from The Wyoming State Journal; Lander, Fremont, Wyoming; March 7, 1913; vol. XXXI, no. 27; p.1

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