Samuel Hall Young

One of the most famous of preachers, Samuel Hall Young was born in 1847 in Butler Pennsylvania and became a Presbyterian Missionary. He was recruited in Pennsylvania by Sheldon Jackson. Hall was a sickly child and saw going to Alaska as an adventure. It would either make him famous or kill him. He came to Alaska July 10, 1878 and was never afflicted with the headaches and pains which he described as “living at a poor dying rate” ever again.

He was the author of Alaska Days with John Muir (Hall was the owner of the little dog Stikeen who hiked with Muir). He was appointed superintendent of Presbyterian missions in Alaska.

He was hit by a streetcar in Clarksburg, West Virginia on this day September 2, 1927.

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Seen above is a photo of him taken in 1914.

Mission Klondike, Sinclair; Mills; Sheldon Jackson book; Fleming Revell Co NY in 1915; 1927 “Hall Young of AK: the Mushing Parson” Autobiography; 1916 The Klondike Clan a tale of the Great Stampede.