Bates Shattuck

Born on this day, December 8, 1880 in Gresham, Oregon, Bates Shattuck was one of 5 brothers: Allen, Henry, Dudley and John who came to Alaska at the turn of the century. Most settled in Juneau, but Bates was the U.S. Customs officer in Skagway in 1904. Apparently Skagway was not his cup of tea as he went back south to Oregon that same year. Seen above are the other Customs officers in 1906. Remember that Skagway has been the Port for the Yukon since the railroad was built in 1898. The U.S. Customs has kept a similar number of employees year round since then. This time of year both the U.S. and the Canadian Border and Customs offices are only open from 7 am to midnight, but in summer are open 24 hours a day.

Juneau Parks & Recreation website; familysearch; 1905 Directory



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