W.S. Woolever was born on this day, May 17, 1863. Before heading out for the gold rush, he was a partner in a hardware store in Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada. He caught gold fever and abandoned his wife Clara (Ayres) and his two daughters, Miriam and Yula. The daughters had a brief reunion with him some years later in Seattle at which time, he gave my grandmother Miriam his gold rush journal. For those interested in his journal is presently at the Wallaceburg museum.
Between 1901 and 1904 Woolever staked gold claims in the Yukon and actually came away with some profits. During his time here in Skagway, he became an active member of the Arctic Brotherhood. Woolever married Paulina Scott Banks after 1905. When Paulina died in 1927 Woolever met Daisy Banks Haner, also a widow in 1926. They married on August 01, 1927 in Whatcom Co., WA.
Winfield Scott Woolever died on May 4, 1945 in Wickersham, Washington at the age of 82. Seen above is his third wife, Daisy with her son Lawrence Haner, born 1912, and taken at their Wickersham, Washington home.
Paulina was not the sister of Robert Bruce Banks who died in the fiery explosion of the Clara Nevada here in Skagway in 1898.
Many thanks to John Martin for the early history in Ontario, and to Beverly Banks Hammer and Malcolm Haner, grandson of Daisy for setting this story correct! As with all family histories, the true stories lie with the family, not all of which are as stalwart as we would hope. I just try to spotlight the goldrushers for their feats here in Skagway and the Klondike!