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Skagway Pioneer Biographies


    This page contains a wide variety of biographies and death notices related to people buried at the three cemeteries in Skagway.





HANSEN, John Egbert (1908-1930)

The Dawson News, July 1, 1930:

Two Skagway Boys Drowned in Coast Town

    SKAGWAY, June 30 - (Special to The News) - On Sunday John Hanson, 19, son of Nick Hanson, a White Pass company bridge foreman; Selby Phelps, 17, son of Mark Phelps; and Victor Selmer, 20, went swimming in an ice lake above Skagway. The boys started swimming across the lake, a distance of about 100 yards. Selmer and Phelps reached shore, when they saw that Hanson was in difficulties and returned to assist. Hanson sank before they could reach him. Phelps suddenly grabbed Selmer and both sank, but Selmer got free and made shore almost exhausted. He obtained aid quickly. The bodies of Hanson and Phelps Were recovered within an hour of their drowning. Artificial respiration work was continued for over two hours unsuccessfully.
    Both boys were members of the Eagle lodge. The funerals will be held tomorrow. The parents reside in Skagway.




KENDRICK, Thomas (?-1910)

The Weekly Star (Whitehorse, Yukon Territory) - Friday, February 11, 1910

Accidentally Killed

    Thomas Kendrick an old section man employed at the summit of White Pass met his death last Saturday morning by being run down by the rotary snow plow. Kendrick was attending his usual duties along the track when the rotary came upon him and before he had time to make his escape from between the high snow banks which lined either side of the track the engine struck him carrying his body beneath the trucks and killing him instantly. The Pilot in charge of the rotary did not see Kendrick in time to give the signal to stop.
    Thomas Kendrick or "Flipper" as he was called by his associates, has been employed by the company since the inception of the road. He was eccentric in many ways but at the same time had a host of friends among the employees of the road. The remains were buried at Skagway last Tuesday morning. Father Turnell preached the funeral service and many friends of the deceased gathered to pay their last respects.




PHELPS, Selby (1911-1930)

The Dawson News, July 1, 1930: