Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Kanarraville Marksman - Napoleon Bonaparte Roundy

Napoleon Bonaparte Roundy (1851-1928)
son of Lorenzo Wesley Roundy (1819-1876) and Susannah Wallace (1820-1892).
First cousin of Charles PARKER (1853-1935).
Relationship to Lark's children 1 cousin 4 times removed.

1860 Henry Rifle Steel 24-1/4" MSRP $1,419.00 [must be 2010 price]
Case hardened - A grade Walnut

H. Gail Pollock Family History Research.

From a weekly Cedar City, UT, newspaper. Original source not known. "Kanarraville: March 1880: We are in Silver Reef, a year after the great fire that destroyed half of the town. We are at a racetrack. Silver Reef had come roaring back and was now the "fun capitol of the region" and the "flesh pots" of Washington County. People from all over southern Utah have come to be entertained by the rooster and dog fights, horse races and shooting matches. The grandstand was filled to capacity. The highlight was to be a shooting match featuring the legendary Col. Enos A. Wall, a polished gentleman from the army and the pride of the Silver Reef Rifle Club. Wall always dressed in his impressive sportsman outfit and using one of the new expensive Henry rifles, had dispatched everyone in Silver Reef and now was challenged by only one man - with the unlikely name of Napoleon Bonaparte Roundy. Roundy is Wall's complete opposite: rough-cut, ill dressed, and-gasp-a Mormon from Kanarraville whose gun is and odd-looking long rifle. Wall was the overwhelming favorite to win the match, which had a prize of $100. The local gamblers bet heavily on Wall and sat back to savor his victory. Wall graciously offered a two-point handicap against the ungainly youth. But Napoleon won by one point and the gamblers lost their shirts. Wall was humiliated. A rematch was scheduled the following week, with the prize elevated to $200. The match was shot at 200 yards with each shooter getting 20 shots. A huge crowd assembled. The first match that day was declared a tie, and the contestants decided to shoot it over once again. This time Napoleon again won, by a decisive 79 to71 total. The crowd was stunned as Roundy collected the $200 and returned to Kanarraville, the upset victory of the decade. Although he tried many times. Wall was never able to beat Roundy. If he couldn't beat him fairly, he tried to do it unfairly, once hiring someone to walk into Roundy's site just as he was ready to pull the trigger, unnerving the Mormon rifleman. Roundy, however, recomposed himself and once again the young unsophisticated Roundy defeated the expert marksman, in yet another victory that solidified his reputation...." Notes: 1) Perhaps a bit of hyperbole here, but the Roundy Family in America book mentions that Napoleon was a excellent marksman. 2) Enos A. Wall had his ups and down as a prospector and mining expert as a younger man. Wall was first to recognize the potential of deposits in Bingham Canyon. Later mining engineer Jackling and Wall formed the Utah Copper Company, which still later merged into Kennecott Copper. Today the Kennecot mine in Bingham Canyon is said to be the larges open pit mine in the world and the largest man made excavation. Wall spent the rest of his life a rich man living in a mansion on South Temple street in Salt Lake City.

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