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The Weekly Star

Whitehorse, Yukon,     May 5, 1911





Honeymoon Afoot - Newlyweds Study Scenery Along Life's Rugged Pathway

    Last Friday there arrived in Whitehorse a man and woman who, except for a distance of 20 miles, from the Summit to Bennett where the mountain zephyrs toy with the snow until it drifts to a depth (or height, rather) of several feet, walked the railroad from Skagway to this place.

    The couple are Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Worsham, of Evasville, Indiana, the former a recent graduate of the Perdue University of Lafayette, Indiana, a mining engineer by profession, an athlete by build and inclination and possessing that energetic spirit and affable manner which assure shim of success in life. Mrs. Worsham is a vigorous, healthy young woman, a fitting companion for her equally vigorous husband.

    The Worshams are but recently married and their coming into the country on foot was something in the nature of a "lark," as they are well supplied with money. They will remain here until the opening of navigation when they will drift down the mighty Yukon in a small boat, going out by Bering sea. While here Mr. Worsham keeping his muscle up by working in the shipyards during the day and playing baseball in the evening.




Discoverer Here - First to Locate Paystreak in Iditarod District

    W. A. Dikeman, the man who discovered gold in the Iditarod, arrived here Monday evening after spending several months in Los Angeles and Seattle, having sold at a good figure his Iditarod holdings last fall.

    Mr. Dikeman came here to join his partners, Matt Morris and E. Welter, mention of whom was made in last week's paper as being here with a lot of dogs and a big outfit for the purpose of starting at the opening of navigation on an extended prospecting trip to some section of the country not known save to themselves.

    It is to be hoped Mr. Dikeman and his associates will succeed in discovering some equally good field as the Iditarod.




Oldest Alaskan - Frederick Sargent Dead at Kodiak Aged 93

    Frederick Sargent, aged 93 years, passed away at his home Kodiad, Alaska, on March 15, at 1:30 a. m. He is survived by a wife and seven children.

    Mr. Sargent was undoubtedly the oldest white man in Alaska at the time of his death. To him belonged the honor of having raised the Stars and Stripes at Sitka when Alaska was transferred to America by Russia in 1867. He had been in Alaska for some time before the interesting ceremony was performed.

    Mr. Sargent was one of those adventurous spirits who crossed the plains and mountains to the Pacific in the early days of the west. The party of which he was a member crossed the great Canadian wilderness between Winnipeg, then a Hudson bay trading post known as Red River, and the Rockies in the early fifties.




For XRays Sake - Dance at Hall Friday Night

    As funds are needed, in addition to those already on hands for purchase of an XRay machine for the General hospital, the board of directors have decided to give a dance at the hall Friday night of next week for the purpose mentioned, it being considered that this is the best season of the year for such a function as all the steamboat crews will be here on that occasion.

    Tickets for the dance will be on sale, beginning tomorrow, at the White Pass, Commercial and Regina hotels, and at Macpherson's drug store. The hospital managers intend making the affair the biggest event of the season.




For the Koyukuk - Oldtimer Returning with Bride and Brother

    Elias Glenn, an oldtimer in the Chandalar and Koyukuk countries, accompanied by his bride and his brother, Gilbert Glenn, arrived Tuesday evening on the way down the river, returning to the Koyukuk where he has been for the past several years and where he owns valuable placer property.

    The Glenns are from Grays Harbor, Wash., to which place the intrepid miner returned last fall after spending several years in the North. He was recently married and his wife and brother are returning with him, this being their introduction to the Broad White North.

    The party is taking in a good-sized outfit and have a fine span of grey horses with which they expect to take their outfit over the mountain range to the Koyukuk, leaving the Yukon at a point about 150 miles below Fort Yukon.

    As soon as the river opens at this place the Glenns will take their outfit to the head of the lake in a scow, cross the lake on the ice and take a steamer from the foot of the lake for down river.




Those Women - Whitehorse Audience Decides They Should Vote

    The question of Female Suffrage was debated in the Presbyterian church of this place Tuesday night when opinion as to the merits of the discussion was so evenly divided as to result in a tie when a vote was taken, the chairman, Fred Maclennan, gallantly deciding in favour of the advocates of equal suffrage.

    The debaters were G. C. Killam and Rev. Burgess for the affirmative and Principal T. M. Edwards of the public school, and T. S. Fergusson of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, for the negative. All the speakers handled the subject ably and intelligently. At the close of the debate a vote was taken which resulted in 31 for with an equal number against, the chairman casting the deciding vote. Strange to say, the majority of the votes for the negative were cast by the ladies. The church was crowded with attentive listeners.




Former Kluaneite in Luck

    Jack Hewett who mined in the Kluane in the early history of that camp, lately sold a claim in the Iditarod for $50,000. Harry Eskrigge of this place, lately had a letter from Hewett who is now in Seattle, confirming news of his good fortune.




Baseball at Skagway

    Members of the White Pass Club at Skagway recently organized a baseball team of which Mark Phelps was chosen captain. The team is composed wholly of members of the White Pass club, which means that all are employes of the White Pass company. Mr. Phelps says Skagway will have three different ball teams this season and that all of them expect to come here on the occasion of our Victoria day celebration.




Live Stock Coming

    The first shipment of live stock for this year will arrive at this place next week when about 250 head of cattle will come over the road, some for P. Burns & Co., fifty head for Dawson and te remainder for Waechter of Fairbanks and other lower river points.




Neat But Not Gaudy

    Thew new offices upstairs over the depot are the finest the company has ever had at this place, being finely furnished and well lighted. They compris Agent William Taylor's private office, the general office of the B. Y. N. ... [article incomplete]




Whitney & Pedlar store ad - Whitehorse, Yukon, May 3, 1911


    The articles are a sampling of the news, local, regional and international, on the front page of the Weekly Star of May 5, 1911. All are reproduced completely, with no corrections made to spelling or other errors (not even "Kodiad, Alaska"). Title graphics are scans of microfilm photocopies of the papers.