Posts made in September, 2010

WP&YR workers

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 in White Pass & Yukon Route | 0 comments


Here is another pictures of railroad workers on a flat car about 1925.

photo courtesy of John Weise.

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White Pass workers

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 in White Pass & Yukon Route | 0 comments


Here is a great shot of White Pass & Yukon Route workers about 1920 with their little work train cars.

Photo courtesy of John Weise.

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William Henry Trewolla Olive

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 in Other Communities | 0 comments

Happy Birthday to Mr. W.H.T. Olive, an architect, born on September 29, 1865 in Truro, Cornwall, England. He was the architectural helper to the famous Rattenbury who built the Parliament in Victoria among other buildings.
Olive was the manager of the Bennett Lake & Klondyke Navigation Company where he managed passengers and provisions and was responsible for two all-important kinds of shipment: mail and liquor. He lived in Atlin until 1904 when he moved to Carbon, Alberta.
He died in 1940 in Calgary.

His amazing memoir of his time in the Gold Rush is told in his book “The Right Way On” which he wrote in 1939. This photo is in the frontpiece of the book, and boy was he one sexy looking guy!

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John Weise

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 in Bars and Hotels, Dogs, White Pass & Yukon Route | 1 comment


John Weise emigrated to St Paul Minnesota from Brightling, Sussex England where he was born on September 29, 1872. At the time he emigrated his name was Jesse Funnell. When he moved to Skagway in 1898 he changed his name to John Weise. He may have gone to Atlin to mine but later worked in Skagway as a bartender for the Board of Trade Saloon.
He also worked as a section foreman for White Pass. He married Theresa, a cook for White Pass and they lived in Skagway when their son, John was born in 1915. In 1916-17 they moved to Whitehorse when Prohibition closed the bars in Skagway.
John’s grandson, also John Weise, forwarded the photo above which he believes is his grandfather – a dapper fellow! I will post some more of his photos in upcoming blogs – some great ones of Engine 67, Engine 61 and some workers on White Pass using work carts/Casey cars which I have never seen before.

John Weiss; 1920 census.

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Sophie Matthews

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 in Alaska Natives, Dyea, Skagway families | 0 comments


On this day, September 27, 1938 Sophie Matthews died and was buried in the Pioneer Cemetery. She was 76 years old, a Tlingit native born in Klukwan in 1862 and her native name was Kxa Gis Ooh. She married William Edward Matthews who came to Skagway in 1888 from St. Louis Missouri and was a farmer.
Their son William Clarence Matthews also married a woman named Sophie who died young, at 26, in 1921 and is buried in the Cemetery in Dyea. See her grave in the picture above. Their two daughters, Julia and Mable died as little girls in 1920 also probably from the influenza epidemic and are buried together in Dyea. There are quite a few descendants of the Matthews clan that still live in Skagway.

Skagway death record.

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