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Best, Fred W.

Papers From the Klondike and Alaska, 1897-1917
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The Fred W. Best papers in Alaska and the Klondike, 1897-1917, were donated to the Alaska Historical Library in 1974 by Dorothy M. Prescott of Belmont, Massachusetts. Mrs. Prescott, a niece of Fred Best, prepared typescripts for many of the journals, letters and others items in the collection.
In 1897 Fred Best had been working aboard ships (he had a mate's license), but wrote to his brother John H. (Jack) Best of his interest in going North. Both brothers went to the Klondike to seek their fortunes. Some of-the letters in this collection were also written by John Best until his departure in 1901.
Fred's letters and journals reflect his love of the North and his appreciation of the opportunity to improve one's lot and to be one's own boss. He returned to Massachusetts to visit on several occasions, but returned North to seek his stake in various ways: -through mining, freighting, fishing, trapping, cutting wood for steamers, operating a roadhouse, and working in stores and sawmills.

In letters to his parents in Stoneham, Massachusetts, Fred wrote in detail of his activities and of the people with whom he associated. His personal standards are also evident throughout his writings. In August 1899 he wrote,

Since I finished working at the brickyard, I had a good job offered me in a gambling house, but-would not take it as I don't want to get mixed-up in that business. A fellow I knew well in Forty Mile runs the place and offered me the job, but I can make a living some other way even if I have to work harder, so don't worry about my morale as I have been around the world plenty and am getting too old now to learn bad habits.
And in March 1901 he wrote this letter:
In your last letter you say that Jack blames you because he went out. Well, when he left Forty Mile you couldn't have held him back with a 5-inch hawser, for he was heartily sick of this country. If Jack keeps on, he'll be a chronic kicker, and no mistake.
On May 26, 1902, (Journal) Fred Best and Annie, a native woman, were married at a mission near Forty Mile, They have various problems, Later, Annie's fifteen year-old daughter, Lily, who had been living with missionaries down South came to live with them.
In June 1903 Fred Best and Frank Purdy purchased the Cassiar Road House, 16 miles above Forty Mile and 36 miles below Dawson, They put in gardens, and Annie and Frank did the cooking for Road House guests. The last letters written from Cassiar Road House are in 1906 (?). There are a number of photographs of Cassiar House, and of Fred, Annie, and Lily.
Through 1911 Annie and Fred were seldom together and Annie was often ill. They were divorced in May 1912. In June 1912 Annie was locked up in Dawson as insane, and then taken outside to an asylum. Fred wrote of his concern for Annie and Lily, who was on her own.

Fred and his partners--N.P. Nelson and Billy James--traveled up the White Pass River to Scolai Pass, hunting and living off the land. The journey took them from September to December of 1912.

In August of 1913 newspaper articles documented gold strikes from Shushanna and Fred Best is listed. Letters home in 1914 tell of life in the gold camp at Bonanza Creek near Shushanna and tell of Fred's claims.
During October 1914 Fred leaves the North to visit his folks in Massachusetts, returns to Shushanna until 1917, and then goes back East to stay and to attend the navigation school of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
A 1935 newspaper article in the Stoneham Independent tells of Fred's experiences in the North; Captain Best later travels around the world and these experiences are reported also.
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BOX 4a
I. Best, Fred. Journals. 1900-1917. 12 volumes with typescript for the years 1900-1903 and 1911-1912.
Folder 1
Journal, 1900-1901. Fortymile and Jack Wade Creek (with typescript). Best engaged in odd jobs, mining for wages, freight and mail hauling from January to Summer months to the numerous mining camps between Dawson and Eagle City, Alaska. Occasionally, he worked for the Alaska Commercial Co. He set-net fished during Summer and staked first major claim at Miller Creek near Glacier Creek.

Journal, 1901-Jan. 27, 1903. Fortymile. (typescript ends Dec. 31, 1902).

Winter employment remains same with crew working claim at Glacier Creek.

Sept. 6. 1901 - Steamer "Islander" lost.

Jan. 15, 1902 - Crew building Valdez-Eagle Telegraph line stop at Fortymile on way to Dawson for supplies.

Jan. 22, 1902 - Police enforce game laws prohibiting sales of game meat.

Police prohibit work on Sunday.

May 26, 1902 - Marries Annie

Gold stampedes at Bedrock Creek and at Tanana.

Has poor fishing season and trouble with wife.

Journal, 1903. April 3 - July 28, 1903. Fortymile and Cassiar House.

Matrimonial difficulties dominate early Spring 1903. Annie arrested with others for disorderly conduct and infidelity. Jailed in Dawson.

Best and Frank Purdy purchase Cassiar House for $500. Summer spent preparing road house for winter and fishing. Annie returns to help.
Journal, 1904-1906? (Feb. 7, 1904 - Feb. 6, 1906) Cassiar House

Best's winter activities center around maintaining road house, and providing for numerous stampeder's heading for the Tanana.

In March 1904, Best sleds alone to Valdez to catch steamer south; takes train to East coast and visits at Stoneham, Mass. and vicinity for several months. Returns to Seattle area in early summer and is taken ill. After recovery returns to Yukon via Skagway.

Fall spent preparing road house for winter season. Final pages include addresses of some people met on travels, as well as some bookkeeping. Chronological continuity deteriorates.

Folder 2
Journal, 1906 (Jan. 1, 1906 - Dec. 18, 1906. Jan, 1 - Feb. 6, 1906 entries also

in 1904-1905 Journal).

Extremely cold January. Frank Purdy marries Susie, Feb. 4. Best takes fur buyer into Tanana County looking for Tetlin Indians with which to trade. In early Spring

he works to fill five wood contracts for steamers. Cuts over 100 cords. Spring plowing, gardening, repair Winter's damage.

Journal interrupted from June 28 - Oct. 2. Two major hunting trips to acquire provisions for winter. Remainder of time, general chores. Frank and Susie Purdy have first child.

Folder 3
Journal, 1910, 1913-1914. (April 5, 1910 - July 2, 1910 Stoneham, Mass. to Dawson; Jan. 11, 1913 - May 24, 1914).

April 5 - May 4, 1910. Visiting family in Stoneham, Mass. Annie is hospitalized in Westminister, B.C. Visits Vancouver area while waiting for steamer North. Arrives Skagway May 29, 1910. Best notes obvious decrease in population. Travels via canoe to Dawson. Ice jams delay traffic at Lake Labarge for weeks; river travelers must report at Fort Selkirk. Arrives Dawson and begins work as longshoreman.

Iditarod Stampede in progress.
Journal, 1911. (March 25 - Sept. 27, 1911 with no entries between July lst and August lst, 1911 with typescript).

Best and wife Annie at Anacortes. Sister Lizzie arrives for school. Best anxious to return to Klondike. He travels to Whitehorse via Inside Passage. Skagway and Klondike communities are depressed, no work.

Best labors at docks as longshoreman making $4.25 for one days labor.

Moves to Dawson.

"C.A. France" lost on Thirtymile River.

June 28-30, 1911- Dawson smallpox epidemic.

Three week freight trip up White River.

Best contemplates return outside.

Journal, 1912-1913 (May 21 - Dec. 31 and Jan.1 - Jan. 11, 1913? with typescript for 1912). Dawson, Y.T.

May 1912 leaves Seattle for Dawson. June 1912 Annie is locked up and insane so will be sent outside. Best takes Mr. Jennings, a Democrat running for political office to Eagle. References to Annie who is south at asylum and Lily at Fortymile. Makes trip up White River, hunting activity, and selling trap lines. Found body of unknown man and his effects on a trail he had blazed. Later writes Mounted Police about dead man. Trading with Indians.

Folder 4
Journal, 1914, 1916. Shushana, Alaska. No. 3 Bonanza Creek, May 25 - Oct. 9, 1914 in back of Journal

Making trip South for a visit to folks. Also poetic expressions, addresses and supplies at No. 7 noted in back of book. Jan. 1 - Feb. 1, 1916 – trail travel and general comment.

Journal, 1915. (Mar. 3 - Dec. 31)

Ready to leave Boston, Mass. after visit home. Arrived at McCarty on April 2, got an outfit and headed on trail with 18 dogs. Went over the glacier and then to Bonanza. Mining and general activity. Got a subpoena on Aug. 17 to go to Valdez for Jimmy Kingston's trial, Sept. 14. Trapping in the winter.

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Folder 5
Journal, 1916. Chisana/Shushana area.

Trips over, trail, glacier, hauling wood, mining activity and hunting.. Nov. 15 tells how dogs helped save his life on the trail and narrow escape. At end of journal, writes a will dated Nov. 16 telling where his gold dust is located and disposal of possessions in case -of his death.

Journal, 1917. (Jan. 1 - Dec. 5)

Hunting and mining activity. Sept. 23, 1917 in Chitna and going back East to see folks. No entries Oct. 10 - Nov. 26. Goes to Boston on Nov. 27, and on Nov. 30 received letter from U.S.S. Board to start schooling in Navigation at M.I.T. Received letter from Bill Spaulding who got his mate's license renewed.

II. Letters from Fred Best to his parents and family in Stoneham, Mass. 1897-1914.

Also some letters to brother Jack (John H.) and later Jack--goes North and also writes letters home which are included here and one from William Hurd.

Folder 6
Letters, 1897-1898. 11 letters (with typescripts)

2 letters from Fred in N.Y. to Jack (To John H) Best (working as mate-on cargo vessels and Klondike plans). Letter from John Best in Skagway to Mother (winter in Skagway with partner Wm. Hurd who is sawmill watchman). Letter from Wm. Hurd to Mother. Letter from Fred Best? (Arrives Seattle - will crew on barge to Skagway). Letter from John H. Best from Lake Tagish.(Fred is about to start for Skagway to sell horse, get mail, etc. They are going to build boat for Yukon River trip when ice breaks. Letter from Fred in Skagway (tells of camp at Lake Tagish and packing in 2½ tons of gear). Letter from Fred at Fortymile Creek, July 31, 1898. (Jack and Fred prospecting up Stewart River, tells about Dawson and Swift Water Bill. Also Ed Duncklee with them.) Letters from Fred and John at Fortymile in Oct. 1898, tells of freighting jobs on Fortymile River and work in town, cabin and wood supply, mail service, and problem with "grayback" insects. Undated letter tells of trapping on Stewart River with Tom Banks and incident with bear.

Folder 7

Letters, 1899. Forty Mile, N.W,T. and Dawson, 9 letters with typescripts:

John H. (Jack) Best writes two letters from Forty Mile. (Tells of prospecting, mail received, moving outfit up river, and that Fred has job in Dawson.) Fred writes 4 letters from Dawson in April and July to Jack. (Tells Jack to stake claims and he will try to earn a grubstake and then if Jack should come to Dawson, he should stow some of their gear in A.C. warehouse and tells of jobs.) Fred writes from Dawson, August 27 to parents. (Jack came to Dawson from Forty Mile 6 weeks ago and has a job. Fred is working in brickyard for $100/month and board, prospecting plans.)

Fred writes parents from Jack Wade Creek, November 30. (Jack is in Dawson after losing big raft with load before getting to Eagle; prospecting on this creek in partnership with Charles Royer and describes cabin.)
Folder 8
Letters, 1900-1901. Jack Wade Creek and Forty Mile, 14 letters and typescripts.

Fred-writes five letters to Jack at Forty Mile about joining him at Jack-Wade Creek, and then offers to help with Jack's debts as Jack leaves for Nome and then Massachusetts.

The letters to parents tell of his carrying mail between Dawson and Jack Wade -- 115 mile trip each way, taking 8 days. No luck with prospecting at Jack Wade Creek and talks of Nome. Writes about his dogs, and about freighting on Moose Creek. He hasn't sent out any nuggets: as not safe to mail. Also puts in a bid for the police wood contract and transported prisoner to Dawson for the police. In February 1901, works for the Alaska Commercial Company in Forty Mile. Also sells fish he caught and dried and in April stakes a claim on Glacier Creek. Speaks well of Mr. White, the recorder in the area.
Folder 9

Letters, 1903-1904. Cassiar House. 4 letters with typescripts.

Fred Best and Frank Purdy from Danvers, Massachusetts, buy Cassiar Roadhouse (16 miles above Forty Mile and 36 miles below Dawson), Plan to operate roadhouse in winter, garden and fish in summer; also build a new house 60'x20' inside dimensions. Annie, Fred's native wife, is a good cook and so is Frank; writes of meals served and that roadhouse makes $500 in November 1903. Tells of supplies purchased and his good credit with Northern Commercial Company. Also, Tom White is found dead and a man named Bradley is badly frozen. Talks of what it takes to survive in the North.

Folder 10
Letters, 1906. Cassiar House. 4 letters and transcripts.

File includes floor plan of Cassiar House and general map of geographic area. Letters begin in May. Fred tells of ice breaking in the river, using the tunnel of an old copper mine as a place to store food, They have an ice house and use ice from the river.

Fred and partner Frank Purdy have a series of hunting cabins which they use when hunting game for food.

Cassiar House serves as the Best home, a way station for travelers' and a place to receive emergency medical and nursing care. Annie Best is a midwife, Susan Purdy has a baby boy while Fred and Frank are on a hunting trip.

In a letter written December 3, Fred tells his family briefly of Annie's background, that she has a 15-year-old daughter, Lily, who now lives with them.
Folder 11

Letters, 1911-1912. Forty Mile and Dawson and Bremerton Washington. 9 letters with typescripts and map.

In May 1911(?) Fred and Annie-help man with gunshot wounds at Forty Mile. Fred goes to Dawson in June, hauling freight, as not much work available, In April 1912 Fred goes to Bremerton, Washington, sees Annie, who is sick but would like to go North again, and Lily is all right.

The May 19, 1912, letter tells of Fred's divorce from Annie and leaves, May 23 for the Klondike. Tells of problems, writes of what travel is like on the Yukon River and Forty Mile River.

Fred writes from Skagway in May as ready to go to Whitehorse and down river in small boat,

Fred and partners N.P. Nelson and Billy James will leave Dawson in August on steamer Violette for upriver and later will line and polo to the headwaters of the White River to prospect and hunt. They plan to go to Scolai Pass not far from the Copper River Railroad.

Folder 12
Letters, 1914. Shushana and Bonanza Creek No, 3. 12 letters with transcript.
Writes things are busy and using horse for hauling outfits. A number of women in title area, but no children. Talks of sluicing, good ground needed to pay wages of $6/day with board, and mentions some good claims around. Quite a town of tents at Bonanza Creek. Tells price of food and in July 1914 says they have hired about 40 men to work their ground, costing about $400 a day to operate.

In August letters mentions flood damage to some diggings, news of the war in Europe, made a few thousand dollars mining during summer, and plans to be home in October.

Fred is in Seattle, October 14, taking care of business, then will go to San Francisco before heading for Massachusetts,
Folder 13
Newspaper articles on Klondike-Alaska, activity and Letters by Fred Best, reproduced in the STONEHAM (Mass.) INDEPENDENT, 1897-1935. 11 items.
Includes 6 items from Stoneham INDEPENDENT, 3 items from Seattle POST-INTELLIGENCER on Shushanna gold strike, and 1 item on birth of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Purdy's baby at Cassiar House, published in Dawson newspaper.
Folder 14
1902. 1 item (5 pages) and typescript.
Account of a 1902 incident where two newcomers to the North lacked wilderness

experience and one froze to death on the trail near Cassiar House.

Folder 15
Letter, 1900. Forty Mile - Dawson. I item (7 pages) and typescript.

A tough trip: Best tells of a dangerous canoe trip in the winter of 1900 where he accepted a contract to carry papers for N.C. Company from Forty Mile to Dawson and nearly lost his life in the ice-jammed Yukon River.

Folder 16
Miscellaneous records, 1899-1900. Forty Mile & Dawson. 2 items & typescript

Best records food prices at a little store at Forty Mile; record of temperature at Dawson, December 1899-1900.

Folder 17
Map of_White River District, Y.T. (Canada, Geological Survey, 1913). 1 item on cloth.
Folder 18
Poems. 9 poems on 8 sheets (1 handwritten, others in typescript).

Poetry of Alaska and the North, believed to have been written by Fred Best, with titles as follows: Untitled ("High in the blue of the Arctic sky..."). "To My Girl," "To My Girl," "A Toast to Alaska," "Bucking the Tiger," "To My Old Lead Dog," "A Man from the North," "A Sourdough's Longing," Untitled ("It was winter in the Yukon....").

Folder 19
Lecture Notes, 1920s (?). 4 pages.

Fred Best outline notes for Alaska lecture in Stoneham, Massachusetts, during the 1920s.

Folder 20 Fred and Annie Best, Lily (Annie's daughter), and some other people, 1902-1910(?), 28 photos.
Folder 21 Cassiar House - views of the roadhouse with people , dogteams, etc. outside. 20 photos.

Folder 22 Dog teams and dogs. 17 photos.

Folder 23 Pack horses and horse teams. 7 photos.
Folder 24 Ships, boats and rafts. 10 photos.
Fo1der 25 Glaciers and scenics. 7 photos.
Folder 26 Miscellaneous: 18 photos, including views of Dawson, cabin construction, Shushanna mining activity, several people and buildings.

Addendum to the Papers of Fred W. Best
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Folder 27

Letter to Fred Best from Mrs. N.P. Nelson (original and photocopy): "Written by wife of N.P. Nelson, one-time partner w/ FWB in Alaska, 1918, to FWB in the U.S. Navy, World War I." (from note by Dorothy Prescott)

"Adventures in the Yukon" by Fred W. Best (?)
Folders 28-29

Unpublished manuscript, 2 volumes:

Vol. I. The Alaska Story of Jack and Fred Best

Vol. II. The Alaska Story of Fred Best

Folder 30

"Photographs were found by Linda Moody when cleaning out her mother's things at 31 Pond St. [LaJolla, CA?]" (from note by Dorothy Prescott)

F 30-1 to 4 Forty Mile

F 30-5 Cassiar House

F 30-6 to 9 Shushanna

F 30-10 to 11 Caribou

F 30-12 to 17 Bonanza Creek Mine

F 30-18 to 22 Sled dogs

F 30-23 to 24 Camps

F 30-25 to 26 Interiors

F 30-27 Chisana

F 30-31 Ptarmigan

F 30-28 Paddle wheel boat

F 30-29,30,32,33 Scenics

F 30-34 to 35 Miscellaneous
Folder 31: Duplicate photos
Folder 32: Negatives
Ms 13-4a Fred W. Best
Name File from journal typescript through 1911
Ainsley, Bob 1900 01 p. 17 miner on Gold Creek

Allen, Frank 1910, Ap. 8 clerk for NC Co at Dawson; met again in Ny

Anderson, Pete 1912, June 19 p. 13

Austin, Frank 1901 02 p. 18

1904, Apr. 9 p. 10 at Seattle

Bayles, Victor 1904, June 27 at Portland

Berg, Jack Wade 1900 p. 3 Jack Wade Creek Mine owner

Baker 1901 02 p. 15 traveling up Yukon via steamer

Barnard, Ross 1900 01 p. 21

Best, Annie 1901 02 p. 4, 7, 13 marries F.W.B., May 26, 1902

1903 p. 1 4 jailed for infidelity

1904, Feb. 12, 15, 17, 21, 22,

March 4, Oct. Nov.

1910, Apr. 15, May 10 16, June 17

1911, June 17 30

Best, Lilly 1912, June 14 30

Bibber, Van 1903 p. 5 living in Best cabin at 40-Mile

Billy the Horse 1900 p. 4, #1 travels to 40-Mile with FWB

Black, Jack 1901 02 p. 5

Black River Charlie 1901 02 p. 14 Native from Ft. Yukon

Blair 1900 01 p. 21 claims recorder, 40-Mile(?)

1901 02 p. 8, 10, 11, 13, 20

1910, May 17, 19, 24

1911, April 11, 14, 15

Blaisdell 1901 02 p. 18

Bostian 1912, June 14 30 p. 13 Lilly Best's traveling companion

Brodie, Harry J., 1902 02

Jan. 14, 1903 met at Brown House

1910, May 24, June 17

Boyde, Billy 1904, July 29, Nov. 16 25, Dec. 4, 17 at Cassiar House

1905, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 6

1906, April 21, 23

Browning 1906, May 3 to Dawson

Burke, John & Susie 1904, Feb. 7, 8 at Dawson

Campbell 1906, May 3 to Dawson

Canahan, Billy 1900 01 p. 1

1904, Apr. 9, 10 at Seattle

Carter, Frank 1901 02 p. 7 old timer from Nugget Creek, sick and dying

best to take him to Dawson by sled; died in Dawson

Case, Dick 1900 p. 5

Chappel, Billy 1900 p. 5 Dawson

Clawson, Charlie 1901 02 p. 8 at Gold Creek cabin

Coleman, Life 1904, March 26 met at Copper Center

Cowan, Ed 1900 p. 1 lost claim

Culbertson 1904, July 25 N.A.T. Co agent at 40-mile

Darby p. 8, 10, 22 40-mile; hauls weight on trip with Best

Dawson, Dave 1911, June 13 p. 6

Dawson, Mrs. 1900 p. 6 Dawson, Mrs., of Yukon Iron Co

traveled with Best from J. Wade Crk to Steele Creek

Demeray, Emery 1906, Apr. 25, 28, June 3 40 mile

DeWolf, Percy 1911 p. 6, June 14

Dixon, Capt. 1900 p. 12 Master of Steamer Louise

Donovan 1900 01 p. 8 Glacier Creek

Downing, Ben 1904, Apr. 9 at Seattle

Dugan, Jimmy 1910, June 22 in Dawson

Duncklee, Ed 1900 p. 3, 4 at Dawson

Dunlap, Jim 1900 p. 11 at Dawson

1901 02 p. 10 arrested for debt, N.C.Co.

Eames, Will 1900 p. 5, 7 goes to Nome

Eddy, Billy 1904, July 29, Nov. 16 27, Dec. 17

1905, Jan. 26, Feb. 4, 5 at Cassiar House

1906, March 28

Edwards, Dave 1904, Oct. 28 at Cassiar House

Ely 1903 p. 3 mail carrier

Emerson, Billy 1900 p. 3 Fortymile

Fields, Mr. 1912, p. 12, June 3

Fields, Charley 1901 02 p. 5 at Brown Creek

Fisher, Gordon & Walt 1904, Oct. 18, 24, Nov. 3 p. 5 at Cassiar House and Dawson

1905, Jan. 21, Feb. 1

Forsythe 1903 p. 2 N.C. Co. agent

Fosset, Ed 1904, Oct. 14 at Cassiar House bnd for Tanana

French 1900 p. 3 U.S. Dist. Attorney at Eagle

1901 02 p. 9 Best meets him at 40-mile; later takes him to Dawson

Fyok, Billy 1911, June 24 p. 6

Elden Justice 1911, Aug. 6 p. 7

Gates, Bert 1901 02 p. 6

Gales, Lern 1911, June 13 p. 6

Grey 1905, Jan. 26, Feb. 2 police officer at 40-mile

1906, Jan. 17

Hall 1910, June 14 telegraph operator at Oglives (sic)

Hall, Charlie 1900, p. 5, 10, 11, 12 at 40-mile

1904, June 27 at Portland

Hamilton, Doctor 1900 01 p. 18 Fortymile, Gold Creek cabin

1901 02 p. 8

1904, March 14

Hages, Jack 1901 02 p. 6

Hawksley, Mr. & Mrs. 1904, July 2 of 40-mile, met at Victoria; married Best & Annie

Hill, Mrs. 1901 02 p. 10 travels to Dawson from 40-Mile with Blair

Hill, Jack 1900 01 p. 18 staked claim at Glacier with Best

1904, Apr. 10

Hill, Jim 1901 02 p. 15, 16 N.C. agent at Forty Mile

1903 p. 2, 4

1910, May 17

Hillory 1906, Dec. 9, 15 Hillory and partner badly frozen near Cassiar House

Hinchcliff, Ed 1900 p. 12 at Dawson, acquaintance from Stonham MA

Holdbrook, Mrs. 1901 02 p. 8 at Chicken Creek; died Jan. 15, 1902

Hope 1910, May 7 NWMP at Dawson

Hurd, Win 1900 p. 5 at Dawson

Ireland 1901 02 p. 10 NWMP

Jennings 1912, June 29 p. 14 candidate for Alaska delegation to Washington

Keenan, Sgt. Police 1900 p. 13

Kemmet 1900 p. 11 photographs fish camp

Kepp, Bill 1906, Feb. 11, Apr. 27 Purdy's old partner

Kemps 1904, July? 8 from Wade Creek; met again in Seattle

Kendall, Mrs. 1904, Oct. 26 at CH, bd down river

Kick p. 7, 8, 17 works tailing with Fred Best, Mining Op Eldorado near Dawson

LaFarge, Bob 1900 p. 7, 9 Dawson; has done well on a lay on Bonanza (Creek)

Langford 1901 02 p. 2

Lanless, Joe, Gus 1904, Dec. 16 at McGinnis Forks

Lemonts 1900 p. 11, 12 40 Mile

Laurence, Charlie 1901 02 p. 15 mate on Steamer "Leah"

served on A.G. Ropes with Best in 1891 around horn

Lawrence, Jck 1904, March 18 met at Tanana Crossing

Lawrence, Mr., & Mrs. 1903 p. 2

1904, Feb. 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, March 4, 7, 8, 9,11

Lee, Frank 1906, Feb. 22 Ketchumstuk

McCandless, Mr. & Mrs. 1901 02 p. 20 at Indian Creek

1911, May 28 p. 5

McCarthy, Neil 1900 p. 11 returns from Koyukuk stampede. "He says it's no good."

McCauly, Judge 1911, Apr. 11 Dawson

McCloud, Mrs. 1903 p. 2

McCowan 1901 02 p. 15 attorney for N.C. Co.

McDonald, Black 1904, July 18 from Eagle

MacDonald 1904, April 1 met on board Steamer "Santa Anna"

drummer for Nat. Cash. Register, from Boston

McGilbrey 1903 p. 1

McKenney, Dud 1900 p. 12, 15, 19, 22 saloon owner, 40 Mile

1901 02 p. 6

1903, Jan. 20, 24, 26

1903 p. 1

1912, June 19 p. 13

McKenney, Emma 1901 02 and 1903 wife of Dud; see Dud McKenney

McKinney, Jim 1900 p. 12 travels from Steel to Dawson with Best

1904, April 4 met again in Juneau

McWalker 1903 p. 2

MacDonald, Mr. & Mrs. 1901 02 p. 13 met Best & Wife at Eagle

Malthe 1906, Oct. 28 29 scow runs aground; partner drowns

Mallory, Pat 1900 p. 4, 5 in Dawson, boxer

Manchester 1901 02 p. 15 traveling in Yukon via steamer

Manchester, Duke 1900 01 p. 19

1901 02 p. 1, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17

Marion, Jules 1904, Oct. 11, June 4 at Cassiar House

1906, March 11

Marshbank, Jack 1901 02 Best takes him to Boundary

1903, March 1 9

Matlock, George 1901 02 p. 2

Merriman, Fred 1900 p. 1, 3, 4, 5 Prospecting on Bench #8 at Jack Wade Creek

Miles, Joe 1904, Feb. 15 at 40-Mile

Miner, Fred 1901 02 p. 5 at Summit on way to 40 Mile

Mitchell, Dick 1911, May 7 p. 5

Moncrief, Billy 1911, Aug. 15 p. 8

Montgomery, Jim & family1906, Oct. 30 drowned on Bezna River (Nabesna River?)

Moore, Capt. 1904, Oct. 22 at C.H. bnd for Coal Creek

Moran, Fred 1901 02 p. 10 at 40-Mile

Mosher 1900 p. 6 J. Wade Creek

1904, March 10

1906, June 8, 9, 14, 16, 18, 25

1911, June 14, Sept. 26 p. 6, 11

Myers, Charlie 1900 p. 14

Moulton, Rose 1911, May 28 p. 5 Dawson

O'Brien, Tom 1900 01 p. 21

Ocwolf, Frank 1901 02 p. 5

Overhiser, Charley 1904, March 18, 19, 23 at Tanana Crossing & Mentasta Pass

Patches, Sam 1900 p. 8 at Sam Patch Creek

Pearson 1901 02 p. 10 NWMP

Pennington 1900 p. 16 (NAT Co. agent, 40 Mile)

1901 02 p. 7, 11, 12

Pereck? 1900 p. 4 Jack Wade Creek; struck it!

Policy Bob 1900 p. 3 at Forty Mile bound for Nome

Pugh, John 1911, Apr. 19 (taxidermist, Skagway)

Purdy, Frank 1903 p. 4 7 Best's partner at Cassiar House

1904, Sept. 6, Nov. 16

1905, Jan. 16, 26, 31, Feb. 4, 5

1906, Jan. 16, Feb. 4, May 2, 8, 19, 23, 27, 31

June 2, 4, 7, 28, Oct. 2 18, 28, Nov. 2 

1911, June 23 p. 13, 14

Purdy, Susie Spring 1903

1904 05, Feb. 6, 8, March 1

1906, Nov. 23

Quigley, Joe 1901 02 p. 10 will prospect Copper River country

Roberts, Mrs. 1901 02 p. 10 at Knik

Robinson, Jack 1904, July 18, 20 of Eagle

Shiller, Mr. & Mrs. 1901 02 p. 5, 6, 12, 13

1901 02, Jan. 5, 14,

1903 p. 1

1904, July 23

Shorty 1904, March 16 Shorty's mail cabin in vicinity of Kechumstuk

Shultz, Mrs. 1900 01 p. 21 at Boundary

1901 02 p. 6

Shuman 1904, June 28 former Dawson jeweler

Singleton 1900 p. 11 at Dawson, goes to Eagle to marry

Sloss 1900 01 p. 22 A.C. manager

Smith 1904, Feb. 14 bound for Tanana

Smith, Phil 1900 p. 4 Dawson boxer

Stanley, Lou 1911 June 2, 9, Aug. 7 p. 5,

Stanly, Dean 1904, Oct. 26 at C.H. bound downriver

Steel, Tom 1900 p. 15, 17 at locality of Steel Creek

Sterns, Frank 1900 p. 2 Cassiar, bound for hospital

Stewart 1906, May 3 to Dawson

Stewart, Mrs. 1904, July 23 from 40-Mile, met again in Seattle

1901 02

Jan. 11, 12, 1903 very sick ,dies

Stines, Dick 1900 p. 2, 4 Halfway House (betw Cassiar & 40-Mile?)

1901 02 p. 17

Stone, Billy 1910, May 19 in Vancouver

Sommers, Hank 1904, April 9 at Seattle

Swanson, Dave 1900 p. 7, 10, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21 40-Mile; will fish during summer with Best

1901 02 p. 1, 5, 6, 19

1903, Jan. 14

1904, Oct. 29, Nov. 30

1911, May 31 p. 5

Tibbs, Billy 1904, March 16 Ketchumstock (sic?)

Twans, Joe 1900 p. 2 Jack Wade Creek

Tweeden, Ole 1904, March 15 at Chicken

1911 p. 7, Aug. 1, 12

Vanderpool 1901 02 p. 3

Veneau, Eli 1910, Jan.(?) 1, June 19 in Dawson

Walker, Mrs. 1901 02 p. 13 attends Best wedding

1906, May 27

Welch, Cliff 1900 p. 2 at Forks (junction of 40-Mile R & Jack Wade Creek?)

1910, May 19 in Vancouver

Wellman, Scott 1901 02 p. 8 from the Boundary

Whalley 1904, Feb. 14; Bound for Tanana bnd for Tanana

White 1900 01 p. 18, 19, 22 40 Mile claims recorder

Williams, Jack A. 1906, Feb. 8 at Cassiar House

1911, April 25, 27 died in Whitehorse

Williams, George & wife 1900 p., 1, 3 6, 8 with wife on Bench #8 at Jack Wade Creek

Kink cutoff (40-Mile SW Eagle on N. Fork 40-Mile R)

Mrs. Williams delivers son at Dawson

1904, Feb. 28

1911, Sept. 28, 29 p. 11

Wilsons gang 1904 05, Feb. 14 work crew

Winters 1900 01 p. 20 miner Miller Creek area

1901 02 p. 5, 10

Wetzler, Charlie 1905, Jan. 21 at Cassiar House

1906, Jan. 21

Wood, Ed 1903 p. 2, 21

1904, Nov. 5

1905, Feb. 1

Wood, Mrs. 1900 01 p. 22

Young, Andy 1900 p. 1 Dawson. Burned in fire.

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finding aids -> Alaska State Library Historical Collections Alaska Packers Association records, 1891-1970 ms 9 acquisition
hist -> Sonny Kaiser *1978 Randy & Wendy Kaiser
hist -> History of the Nation of China and Its Medicine (Part II)
finding aids -> Alaska State Library Historical Collections Simmons, Sheldon B., 1908-1994 Papers of Sheldon B. Simmons, 1929-1996 ms 144
finding aids -> Alaska State Library Historical Collections Allison, Laura Sundi, Artist Sundi Collection, ca. 1944-1980 pca 174
finding aids -> Guide to collection
finding aids -> Alaska State Library Historical Collections Vinokouroff, Michael Z., 1894-1983
finding aids -> Alaska State Library Historical Collections Cone, Charles Edward, 1862-1938 Poems and stories, ca. 1886-1927 ms 4-29-5
finding aids -> Alaska State Library Historical Collections Young, Samuel Hall 1847-1927


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