August 8, 1869: Birth of Colonel Hubert Eva

On this day in 1869, future Duluthian Colonel Hubert V. Eva was born in Cornwall, England. Eva was the last surviving veteran of the Indian Campaigns. Often called an “Ex-Indian Fighter” by the press, Eva did not care for the term. “It was rather foolish,” Eva said of the battles. “You don’t hunt people like you hunt deer.” Eva came to Duluth in 1884. He enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard and by 1898 he had become a captain and served in the Spanish-American war. He later fought as part of Minnesota’s 3rd U. S. Regiment during the 1898 Leech Lake Indian uprising. Seven soldiers died and nine were wounded; two Ojibwe were wounded. Two years later Eva helped quell an uprising of Dakota and Ojibwe along the Canadian Border. Eva convinced Indian leaders to end the conflict. No shots were fired. In 1916 Eva served with General Pershing and his hunt for Pancho Villa. During World War I Eva trained American troops, retiring from the military in 1918. He later sold cars and served as the Minnesota State Deputy Motor Vehicle Registrar. In 1971, at 102 years old, Eva was killed when he was struck by a car after attending a dinner at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Read more about Colonel Eva here.

Colonel Hubert Eva. (Image: Library of Congress)