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The Weekly Star, January 2, 1920


Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star, 1920-1929


Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

Explorer's Guides to Yukon Communities



1920

January

February

  • February 6, 1920: The Dawson News reported on January 20th that a telegram received from London by Andrew Baird gave instructions to start work immediately hauling 3,000 cords of wood from Jensen creek to Dominion creek. The wood is to be used for thawing ground for the dredge which the North West Corporation is to install on the creek. The wood is all cut and ready for hauling.
  • February 6, 1920: Mrs. Margaret Mitchell, one of the best known mining women ever in the Klondike, who went outside last fall with the expectation of returning in the spring, is reported to have died in Ottumwa, Kansas, recently, at the age of 72.
  • February 6, 1920: A proclamation was issued in Ottawa on January 24th which brings into effect the amalgamation of the Dominion Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as of February 1st.

  • February 13, 1920: Major R.E. Tucker, officer in command of the R.N.W.M.P. in the southern Yukon since last September, is appointed Superintendent, replacing Col. R. S. Knight in Dawson.
  • February 13, 1920: The Rev. Herbert Gilring, pioneer missionary to the Coppermine Eskimos, died of pneumonia in Ottawa on February 11th, at the age of 30. He was a great linguist, and in the short space of three years mastered the intricacies of that most difficult tongue, and had made good progress with translation.
  • February 13, 1920: Patsy Henderson, a native, formerly owner of a fox ranch at Ten Mile Point on Tagish lake, but who disposed of his holdings there a short time ago and has since been at Upper Lebarge, came into town Sunday and entered the Whitehorse General hospital for treatment of one of his eyes, which is in a highly inflamed state.

  • February 20, 1920: Not being able to procure blasting powder, Manager J. P. Whitney has been compelled to temporarily cease operations at the Copper King mine. A special shipment of powder from Juneau reached Skagway two weeks ago on the gas boat Hegg, but is still lying in that port until through traffic on the railway is resumed.
  • February 20, 1920: Ernie Johnson mushed down from his Wheaton district claims to Whitehorse the latter part of last week, there being so much snow there that he was unable to proceed with development work to any advantage. Before leaving for this place he built several shelter huts along the road from Robinson into the claims in which he is interested with Matthew Watson of Carcross.
  • February 20, 1920: The Dawson News reported on February 5th the death of Frank J. Nolan, one of the best known of Yukon's pioneer mining and business men. He died of pneumonia on January 31st at St. Anthony's hospital in Rock Island, Illinois.

  • February 27, 1920: The first through train between Whitehorse and Skagway since January 7 got into Skagway at 11:30 Wednesday night and the first outside mail to be received here since January 22 was due last night. The snow blockade on the White Pass railroad this winter has been the longest in duration and the most expensive since the building of the road.
  • February 27, 1920: In the February 25 election, Robert Lowe is elected representative of the Whitehorse district in the Yukon Council. He defeated Mr. French. In Dawson, Gavin Fowlie receives a majority over Edwards. In the Klondike district, Paul Hogan wins over McMillan.
  • February 27, 1920: Nick O'Brien of Carcross was expected in Whitehorse last night with a dog team loaded with three cases of powder for the Copper King mine. The shipment was brought from Skagway to Glacier by train, from there to Fraser by Bert Peterson with a dog team and from Fraser on by O'Brien.

March

  • March 5, 1920: In the Yukon Council election held on Feb. 25, Robert Lowe was the choice of the people in the Whitehorse district, Gavin Fowlie in the Dawson district and Paul Hogan in the Klondike district.
  • March 5, 1920: Lieut. Lyman M. Black, M. C., son of Capt. George Black, the former high commissioner of the Yukon Territory, left Vancouver recently for Ottawa to take up a commission in the permanent Canadian Machine Gun Corps.
  • March 5, 1920: The City Cafe and Bakery is to be reopened tomorrow by Geo. Yoshida, whose reputation as a first class cook is firmly established in Southern Yukon by his long activity therein, notably as chef at the Caribou hotel at Carcross and more recently as cook at the Copper King mine. Meals will be served at regular hours at prevailing prices, while board by the month has been placed at $55.

  • March 12, 1920: The Department of Public Works is calling for tenders for the freighting of supplies for the Yukon telegraph line between Hazelton and Atlin for the seasons of 1920-21-22.
  • March 12, 1920: Robert Lowe has advanced the price of wood from $1.00 to $2.00 per cord, according to length. We believe the other local wood dealers have followed suit. This has been made necessary by the increased cost of hay and feed for the horses employed in the business.
  • March 12, 1920: Among the forty or more passengers on last night's train were many White Pass employees, including 13 shipyards carpenters and Al Henderson the shipyards foreman.

  • March 19, 1920: There are many mild cases of influenza reported in Skagway, Carcross, Atlin and Whitehorse. The only death so far was in Atlin last Monday, when T. C. James, the druggist and postmaster, succumbed to the disease.
  • March 19, 1920: Major Fitz Horrigan, longtime member of the R.N.W.M.P., died March 3 in Honolulu.
  • March 19, 1920: Capt. W. J. Moorhead, the new commanding officer of the R. C. M. P. here, arrived from Vancouver on Saturday, accompanied by his wife. Capt. Moorhead, a comparatively young man, was born in the north of Ireland, and has been in the force ten years, four of which were spent overseas in the Great War as captain in charge of a Canadian field artillery battalion from Alberta.

  • March 26, 1920: Due to an influenza epidemic in Whitehorse, Carcross, Atlin and Skagway, a rigid quarantine is in effect for all persons traveling north from Whitehorse. People are required to stay five days in quarantine and are not allowed to get into contact with Indians.
  • March 26, 1920: Mrs. H. Emogene Hoagg, who was in Whitehorse last fall lecturing on Bahaism, will sail from America for Italy May 1, accompanied by Mrs. Ralston, a co-worker. They will work in Italy on behalf of their religion for an indefinite period. Before going to Italy they hope to go to Haifa, Palestine, the headquarters of Abdul Baha, the head of their movement, to confer with him respecting their work.
  • March 26, 1920: An Indian boy named Paul McGinty, a pupil at the Chooutla school at Carcross, died early yesterday morning from influenza. It was reported in last week's paper that all the students and teachers at the school except the principal and one teacher were suffering from the disease.

April

  • April 2, 1920: Kate Carmack died March 29, 1920 in Carcross from pneumonia, following an attack of influenza. She was about 50 years old.
  • April 2, 1920: Following up on a report of some influenza deaths, police went to a camp on Lake Laberge. They found Selkirk Jim, about 55 years old, his wife and his mother were all dead, and his 7-year-old daughter was in a tent alone, very ill. The bodied of the dead were taken to the Jim Boss roadhouse, where they still lie awaiting burial, while the little girl and eight other Indians who were found to be infected with influenza, among whom were Jim Boss' family, were brought to town and placed in the Whitehorse General hospital, where they were so well taken care of that they have all since recovered and left that institution.
  • April 2, 1920: Due to the fact that Canadian silver coin is taken at par in the United States, the silver coin becomes scarce in Whitehorse and its use is discontinued.

  • April 9, 1920: The Dawson News reported on March 25 that the North West corporation has secured a second large dredge for its operations on Dominion creek, and will put it to work at Granville, 55 miles from Dawson. It is the same size and type of dredge as now being operated in this camp by the Yukon Gold company, namely, a close-connected Bucyrus dredge of seven and a half cubic foot buckets, with daily capacity of 5,000 cubie yards. The same company now is hauling another dredge to No. 17 Dominion where it will be set up mmediately and it is planned to have it start operations July 15.
  • April 9, 1920: A consignment of 100 gallons of brandy and Scotch whiskey, ordered from Vancouver some time ago by Gold Commissioner G. P. Mackenzie for use in Yukon territory for medical purposes, reached Skagway on board the Princess Mary on her last voyage. There are quite a number of invalids in Whitehorse who have been anxiously awaiting the coming of this shipment. The goods are being held at Skagway on account of the extreme danger of trying to forward them across the line without the protection of an armed escort.
  • April 9, 1920: Men are now going to Mayo to work on the dredge which is being assembled on No. 65 Highet creek, and will work up stream from that point. It will start work about June 1. It is a five and a half foot bucket dredge, built in Scotland, and for several years was on the MeQuesten river. The new operating company is the L. Titus company. Twenty to thirty men will be engaged there on spring construction.

  • April 16, 1920: Mrs. Laura Gertrude Clarke, wife of W. B. Clarke, M. D., died at the Whitehorse General hospital on Tuesday of pneumonia following a virulent attack of influenza. Mrs. Clarke had lately given birth to a son, and had not regained her normal strength when taken down with the prevailing epidemic. Dr. Clarke purposes leaving Whitehorse on Tuesday's train with his two sons, Waldo and Somerset, and will take the remains east to Newmarket, Ont., for interment in his family plot.
  • April 16, 1920: A.C. Bonebrake and Jack McLean mushed in from 100 Mile Landing on the Hootalinqua, arriving Saturday evening, having broken trail and made the trip in six days. Bonebrake and his partner Abe Henson have a prospect on Iron creek, twenty-five miles over the mountain from Hootalinqua, and have spent the winter dog-hauling supplies and machinery to their prospect. The lure of the wild has put vitality into Bonebrake, for he has the color of an Indian and the grip of a blacksmith's vice.
  • April 16, 1920: Dentist Dr. L. S. Keller has concluded arrangements to enlarge and renovate his premises. There will be three commodious rooms, one of which will be a handsomely furnished and fitted up reception room, another will be used in the performance of his professional duties and will be supplied with all the latest and most up-to-date paraphernalia and instruments known in modern dentistry, while the third will be a sleeping apartment.

  • April 23, 1920: It is reported about town that there has been a big slump in the fur market, running all the way from 20 to 50 or more per cent. from last sales. The big New York sale is now on, and all lines show a remarkable drop in values. As unprecedented prices have jbeen paid for all classes of pelts during the past few months, those who have bought heavily stand to lose heavily. World conditions have been such as to make this drop inevitable.
  • April 23, 1920: The White Pass will not be entering a bid on the winter mail service between Whitehorse and Dawson. Just what developments may result it is impossible to say, but the days of the fancy fast service to Dawson are over. The company is at present operating seven of the roadhouses along the trail, but it is impossible to say at this time what disposition will be made of them.
  • April 23, 1920: Development work lately carried on at the Copper King has resulted in opening the richest lead in the history of the mine, rich both in quality and quantity.

  • April 30, 1920: Among the items in the report of the library committee: The rooms of the librarian have been repapered and calcimined. The librarian was given two weeks' holiday with pay. And it was found necessary to engage the services of Mr. George Ryder, and for the sum of $5 a month he inspects the stove, turns out the light and locks the library up for the night at 11 p. m.
  • April 30, 1920: The Yukon Council on April 27th passed a prohibition bill, to become effective May 29 next. No importation for sale of beverages will be permitted in the meantime. The new bill permits preseriptions for medicinal purposes of eight ounces each and provides for the sale of liquors for mechanical and sacramental purposes.
  • April 30, 1920: The Powers Tours of Chicago, engaged in the business of personally conducted tours of excursionists through Alaska and the Yukon, has issued a neat folder giving the itinerary of their trips for 1920. It includes two photos of Whitehorse; a general view of the town, and one of the White Pass hotel, with a group of tourists and Mrs. Viaux, the proprietor, standing in front.

May

  • May 7, 1920: All owners of bicycles are hereby notified that on and after this date they will be liable to prosecution for riding on any of the sidewalks within the town limits. By order of R.C.M.P.
  • May 7, 1920: The river opened in front of Whitehorse early Saturday morning. The break now extends down stream for about six miles. It is thought by those best qualified to express an opinion that Lake Lebarge will break up about the 10th of June.
  • May 7, 1920: A new 64-foot, fast, light draft utility launch is now building at the B. Y. N. shipyards at Whitehorse. It will be equipped for handling a limited number of passengers, mail and between 30 and 40 tons of freight. Its home port will be at Tanana and Capt. Baker will act as pilot. The boat has not yet been named.

  • May 14, 1920: Herman W. Vance, for years manager of the Conrad properties at Conrad and Carcross, has accepted a position with the company that is to operate the Rainy Hollow copper mines which are under bond from Martin Conway and his associates, and will now see to the operation of the two caterpillar tractors that will be up on the first big freighter. These monsters of fifteen tons will be used to transport the machinery and supplies to the mines and bring the ore back for shipment to the smelter.
  • May 14, 1920: A organization is formed in Whitehorse to put preventive measures into effect against the breeding of mosquitoes. T. C. Richards, of P. Burns & Co., offered to furnish 200 gallons of crude oil at 17½c per gallon, and to donate $5.00 in cash. Upon suggestion of E. J. Hamacher it was decided to use sawdust, which had been soaked in crude oil mixed with a small percentage of kerosene, to scatter over areas of swamp land and the surface of ponds and_potholes of water where such measures could be followed out effectively.
  • May 14, 1920: The sale of liquors in Whitehorse by physicians's prescription is discontinued May 8. The gold commissioner stated that he did not approve of an indiscriminate traffic in booze as a beverage under the nom de plume of "medicinal purposes," and had therefore put his foot down upon the habit, for such it had in reality become.

  • May 21, 1920: Sergeant Mapley of the R. C. M. P., stationed at Summit as assistant inspector for several years past, and Const. Blaate, stationed at Carcross for some time, came down to Whitehorse Saturday to take their final discharge from the foree, their time of service having expired. Sergt. Mapley is retiring on pension after 36 years service. He has been in Yukon since 1898 and has been one of the most efficient and valued officers in the force. Const. Blaate returned to Carcross, at which place he will make_his home.
  • May 21, 1920: The territorial poll tax is now due. All men of the age of 18 years upwards are subject to the tax, and each must pay the sum of $8. The reduced poll tax fee of $5 and the alteration in age provided by the Yukon Council last month are not effective this year.
  • May 21, 1920: Supt. W. D. Gordon of the B. Y. N. reports an unusual number of applications for hotel and steamer reservations for the coming tourist season. Also many inquiries from big game hunters who are anxious to spend a few weeks in the wilderness where moose, caribou, mountain sheep and grizzly bears hold sway.

  • May 28, 1920: The miners in the Copper King have run across a sixteen inch vein of high grade molybdenite ore running through the big body of high grade copper ore in which they are now working. We are informed that molybdenite when refined is valued at about 75c a pound, while copper brings less than a third of that.
  • May 28, 1920: Dr. Mellow, M & M Dentists, states: After making the trip to Whitehorse under large expense, we find the dental law enacted at Dawson this spring places us as outlaws, and therefore makes it impossible for us to unpack our trunk.
  • May 28, 1920: During the past week some substantial poles, 20 feet high, have been erected in the school playground. Swings, rings and horizontal bar will be added, and it is intended to provide parallel bars as well. Owing to the recent sickness among so many of the scholars, parents and friends must not expect so large a display at the sports day as last year.

June

  • June 4, 1920: A meeting of the Yukon Rifle association was held on Tuesday evening at Hamacher's store for the purposes of reorganization. Capt. Moorhead was elected Captain and F. G. Berton Secretary-Treasurer. Practice days will be every Saturday at 2 p. m., members to meet at Hamacher’s store for the purpose of obtaining rifles and ammunition, and such other thes ay at jeast five members can be got together. Of these one at least must be familiar with the rules of the range and the care of arms. When the new rifles arrive, which are expected very shortly, they will be allotted to the members so that each man can always shoot with the same rifle.
  • June 4, 1920: Billy Armstrong came in from Champagne Landing Thursday of last week for the purpose of making arrangements for the expeditious handling of a party of big game kunters he is expecting to arrive early in August and to whom he is under contract to act as guide into the heads of the Donjek and White rivers. While here he bought ten of the Royal Mail service horses.
  • June 4, 1920: Mr. and Mrs. D. Alguire, pioneers of the southern Yukon and roadhouse keepers at Nordenskold on the winter trail between Whitehorse and Dawson, arrived in town Saturday, and will leave in a few day fer Chehalis, Wash., where it is possible that they will make their future home.

  • June 11, 1920: On June 9, the I.O.D.E.'s monument for the soldiers of World War I, the work of A.E. Henderson, is unveiled.
  • June 11, 1920: Last Friday's train brought in a shipment of eight autos consigned to dealers on Lower Yukon river towns.
  • June 11, 1920: The annual meeting of the Southern Yukon Automobile Club will be held Wednesday evening in the court room. Alt motorists and those interested in better roads are invited to attend.

  • June 18, 1920: Whitehorse is selected as a landing point for the international aeroplane trial flight from Minnealo, N.Y. to Nome, Alaska. The four planes land in Whitehorse August 15, and again on their return journey, on September 5.
  • June 18, 1920: Bishop Stringer, after an absence of twenty-one months in Canada, England, France and Belgium, returned lately to Yukon. After a lengthy visit at the Indian school, Carcross, and a few days at Whitehorse, he left for Dawson on the steamer White Horse Monday night, accompanied by Mrs. Stringer. In the party also are W. D. Young, late of Champagne Landing, who is bound for the Arctic coast for the third time, Capt. the Rev. F. H. Buck, M.C., and Mrs. Buck, destined for Mayo and the mining camps of Northern Yukon; Miss Brewster of Carcross, on a holiday trip to Dawson, in charge of two Indian girls returning to their homes after eight years in school.
  • June 18, 1920: About three weeks ago John Joe, an Indian hunter, caught two black bear cubs near Alligator lake, back of Cowley station on the White Pass railway. The other day John Joe sold the cubs, which are between seven and eight weeks old, to a man named Bowers of Whitehorse. Bowers hopes that he can dispose of the animals at a profit to some tourist visiting the Yukon this summer.

  • June 25, 1920: Mrs. Jas. Brown died at her home in Dawson on the morning of June 3, as the result of an apoplectic stroke. She went to Dawson from Tacoma, Wash., with her husband in the summer of 1898. Interment will be had at Vancouver, B. C.
  • June 25, 1920: Capt. Le Royer of the Canadian Air Board will leave this morning for Skagway. While there he will make arrangements for an emergency landing station for the airplanes which will take part in the transcontinental fight, on the Dyea farm of Mrs. Harriet Pullen. An emergency station on that side of the coast range will be necessary in the event of a heavy fog coming up at the time the airplanes are ready to cross the divide into the interior.
  • June 25, 1920: The news contained in recent issues of San Francisco papers telling of the formation of two gigantic oil companies, the capitalization of the two together being $3,500,000, would indicate that some actual development work would soon be done in the Alaskan oil fields. With that much money to be spent, the fields should be thoroughly tried out, and if found to contain sufficient quantities of high grade oil, put on a producing basis.
  • June 25, 1920: Robert Lowe is advertising 16-foot pole wood for $8.50 per cord, 4-foot wood for $9.50 per cord, 32-inch wood for $13.00 per cord and 16-inch wood for $14.00 per cord.

July

  • July 2, 1920: Dog Poisoners Abroad. Within the last few days several valuable dogs have lost their lives in and around Whitehorse through having eaten something containing strychnine.
  • July 2, 1920: Yukon Councillor Robert Lowe went to Champagne Landing the fore part of the week with Bob Palmer, who was taking out an auto load of roadhouse supplies to that place for "Shorty" Chambers. Mr. Lowe's object in making the trip was to inspect the government road between here and there in order to make repairs where needed. He found a number of mudholes, as well as several culverts and bridges that needed fixing, and has arranged with the settlers using the road to do the repair work on their frequent trips to and from Whitehorse.
  • July 2, 1920: Wednesday morning the steamer Casca pulled into Whitehorse on her return from Fort Yukon with 85 excursionists who had made the trip down the river to view the midnight sun. The visitors spent several hours at Fort Yukon and saw the midnight sun make the complete circuit of the skies above the Arctic Circle. Capt J. O. Williams was in command of the Casca.

  • July 9, 1920: Word reached Whitehorse a few days ago of the probable drowning in Wolfe river canyon on June 3 of Joseph La Salle, trapper and big game hunters' guide. Wolfe river is a tributary of the Nasutlin river that empties into Teslin lake on the northeast shore near Teslin Post. Wolfe river canyon is filled with boulders and has several falls over which the rushing torrent that flows between its walls drops sheer for fifteen or more feet. The finding of La Salle's canoe, smashed into kindling wood, at the foot of the canyon and his dogs roaming around in the near vicinity, leaves small room for doubt that the daring adventurer, who was only about 35 years of age and noted for his reckless courage and agility, had lost his life in an attempt to negotiate this dangerous piece of water.
  • July 9, 1920: The U.S. transport Gen. Jacobs returned to Whitehorse the fore part of the week from a round trip to Dawson. She took down to Dawson a large shipment of gasoline, oil and four airplane engines, all for use in connection with the New York-to-Nome air flight which is to take place within a few days. Thirty-four drums of gasolie and 200 gallons of oil were left in Dawson for the machines to take aboard at that point. The remainder of the supplies were shipped down the river on the U. S. transport Jeff Davis, whch connected with the Jacobs at Dawson. The engines are for use in case any of the planes break down.
  • July 9, 1920: Tony Cyr, in charge of a government road gang composed of Mike Cyr, W. Ladoure, Jack French, Bob Earle, Geo. Taylor and Chas Ennis, left Saturday morning with their tools, provisions and camp equipment for the vicinity of Cowley station on the White Pass railroad, where they will put in the next few weeks in working on the government road and in repairing old culverts and bridges and putting in new ones where needed to make the highway so that it can be traveled over in safety and comfort by owners of motor cars and other vehicles.

  • July 16, 1920: Word was received in Whitehorse yesterday that the great international transcontinental airplane flight from Mineola Field, N. Y., to. Nome, Alaska, had started. It is impossible, for many reasons, to predict the time of the birdmen's arrival in Whitehorse, but barring accidents and foggy weather, the planes ought to get here by next Thursday.
  • July 16, 1920: Charley Baxter, big game hunters' guide, returned Thursday of last week from Vancouver, B. C., bringing wth him 25 head of pack horses, 12 of which were for Shorty Austen, of Carcross, another big game hunters' guide.
  • July 16, 1920: The Juneau Empire reported on July 6 that William Martin, well known attorney of Seattle, arrived in Juneau on the steamer Alameda Sunday afternoon. He stated that he is here in the interests of the 140 claimants for damages against the Canadian Pacific Railway company growing out of the Princess Sophia disaster in 1918. He also said that efforts are now being made to prevent the Canadian Pacific people from obtaining an order of "limitation of liability" which would prevent collection of full damages. Claims made by the persons whom Mr. Martin represents amount to approximately $1,500,000.

  • July 23, 1920: M. D. Snodgrass, superintendent of the agricultural experimental station at Fairbanks, arrived in Whitehorse the latter part of last week with six head of live stock, consisting of two bulls and two cows from the Galloway herd of cattle at the U.S. agricultural experimental station at Kodiak, and a bull and a cow yak from the herd of these animals at Banff. He is taking these animals into the interior for the purpose of cross-breeding them in the hope of producing a hardy species of cattle that will be able not only to withstand the rigors of the winters in the great northland, but prove profitable to their owners for dairy and other uses.
  • July 23, 1920: Billy Armstrong got in from the Kluane lake country a few days ago and says that on July 7, while camped at the junction of Calden and Lake creeks, he experienced the most exciting and longest-drawn-out earthquake of his life. It continued throughout an entire night and part of the next day. There were between 40 and 50 distinct shocks, immediately following each of which there was a sharp report as though from an explosion of some gaseous matter.
  • July 23, 1920: Dr. Carr of Winnipeg, who had accepted the position of medical health officer for Southern Yukon district and arrived here three weeks ago to take charge, tendered his resignation to Gold Commissioner Geo. P. McKenzie a few days ago. His resignation was accepted and he left yesterday, aecompanied by jhis wife, on his return to his former home.

  • July 30, 1920: At a meeting of the Whitehorse General hospital board, chairman W. L. Phelps laid out all the facts concerning the financial status of the hospital. He pointed out that during the past year the board had been very much concerned with the accumulating debts brought about by circumstances over which they had no control. Food, drugs and other necessities had increased in price, but the income had diminished. The board, after anxious and prolonged deliberation, believed that the hospital could be freed from debt if drastic changes were made, such as stopping the issue of hospital tickets and causing every patient to pay in full both hospital and doctor's fees.
  • July 30, 1920: There are rumors circulating in Whitehorse of extensive high grade silver-lead deposits having been recently uncovered in the Mayo district, but as the stories can be traced to no authentic source it will be well for our readers to not place too much reliance upon them.
  • July 30, 1920: Under the capable management of Wm. Garrett and wife, the Atlin Inn, the White Pass tourist hotel at Atlin, B. C., is becoming one of the most popular hostelries in the entire northland.

August

September

  • September 3, 1920: Klondike camps are on top of the list of Northern gold producers for 1920, with an expected output of $1,500,000 - twice that of the next nearest camps, Fairbanks and Tolovana.
  • September 3, 1920: After three years of heroic, useless struggle under adverse conditions the management of the Copper King mine decided Wednesday to close down, and Thursday the pumps were pulled. All the men except those employed in this work have been discharged.
  • September 3, 1920: The White Pass steamer White Horse, when she left downstream August 29, was pushing a barge on which were 100 tons of hydraulic pipe and fittings for the Mt. McKinley Mining Co., which is expecting to commence operations next spring on the Kantishna river, Alaska. Two hundred tons of heavy timbers and plank for bridge and culvert work on the Alaska railroad were also on the barge.

  • September 10, 1920: The squadron of U. S. army airplanes in the New York to Nome flight landed in Whitehorse on their return journey at 3:05 Sunday afternoon. The time consumed between Dawson and Whitehorse was 3 hours and 10 minutes.
  • September 10, 1920: A. R. McDougall and C. T. Gaunt, diamond drill men, returning on the Casca from Lookout Mountain, where they have been engaged for two months past, bring word of considerable activity in all the Mayo region. Large numbers of men are prospecting and about Keno Hill forty miles square of country is all staked.
  • September 10, 1920: During a_ telegraphic correspondence between Dawson and Edmonton, a message was sent from Dawson reading, "Another teacher not wanted." It was delivered at Edmonton, "Another teacher wanted." A teacher, Miss G. Burroughs, was engaged and proceeded to Dawson, only to find all places full. Miss Burroughs is returning to Edmonton, passing Whitehorse to connect with the Princess Alice on the 8th. Somebody will have a nice bill to pay.

  • September 17, 1920: George Artell, an old time hunter and prospector of the upper Stewart region, was called upon a few days ago to face three ferocious grizzlies in the woods, and before the session was concluded Artell had driven cold lead through the carcasses of the three big beasts.
  • September 17, 1920: Captain W. J. Moorhead returned Saturday from an inspection trip to Teslin post where he found about 50 Indians, of whose cleanliness and health he speaks well. These Indians are well off, several of them owning their own motor boats, and having good dwelling houses, which appear neat and tidy. Game is very plentiful, chiefly moose and caribou, though large numbers of geese and ducks were also seen.
  • September 17, 1920: The three airmen who returned to Whitehorse as we went to press last week got away safely next day, and reached Glenora, where No. 3 broke its axle while landing, and where they have since been delayed awaiting repairs and clear weather. No. 4 is reported still at Wrangell after being sent up the Unuk river in search of a party of 10 surveyors who have been missing for two weeks.

  • September 24, 1920: Fur Statistics of the Yukon territory for the period covering the first year of imposition of "The Fur Export Tax," from August 1, 1919, to July 31, 1920, show the gross export tax collected amounts to $4,110.48. A Dawson fur man made a conservative estimate of the catch at $309,501. The pelts consisted of: Weasel, 3,062; muskrat, 44,806; lynx, 334; wolverine, 411; bear, 419; otter, 60; marten, 4,335; mink, 976; red fox. 470; cross fox, 241; silver fox, 133; wolf, 106; Coyote, 57.
  • September 24, 1920: Mrs. J. T. Thurston left Skagway Saturday morning and walked to Whitehorse, reaching here the following Thursday evening. She walked over solely for the pleasure of an outing. She left on her return trip on Saturday, walking back.
  • September 24, 1920: The time has come that Yukon must awaken to the superiority of the motor truck and the tractor and take advantage of it. Even if all the labor needed were available, the government can get but a percentage of the road built with use of wagons and horses that it can with the motor-driven machines. Yukon's old trunk roads are wearing out, and are much in need of extensive repair, while the prospects of a great silver camp point to the immediate necessity of opening a trunk road system throughout the territory. Alaska has introduced the motor truck on its big road work system, and has such splendid highways that auto stage lines operate steadily between interior and exterior points.

October

  • October 1, 1920: St. Paul's Hostel, whose purpose is to provide a home for children, other than Indians and Eskimos, whose circumstances prevent them getting the benefit of a school education, opened in Dawson on September 21st. It is located in the former residence of Dr. N .E. Culbertson, at First avenue near Church street.
  • October 1, 1920: The hunting party in charge of Roderick Thomas, four men from Arizona, returned Tuesday night by the steamer White Horse from the MacMillan country, where they have had great sport. The party found game plentiful, and secured a full supply of trophies, immense crates of heads and horns being in evidence on the dock next morning.
  • October 1, 1920: A shock was given the early risers on Sunday morning, to find a three-inch thick white blanket over the whole landscape. But Helias beamed forth and by evening the hoary mantle of Boreas had wholly disappeared.

  • October 8, 1920: A new stage line has been formed by Otto Kastner, manager of the Dawson News, and Dan Coates, general transport man of Dawson. The contract to carry the winter mail between Whitehorse and Dawson for two years was given them.
  • October 8, 1920: The steamer Selkirk, on her last trip down river, struck a rock near Stewart, and had to be beached, sinking in about four feet of water, which leaves her cargo deck above water. Salvage pumps are being rushed thither to get her atloat. The Thistle left Whitehorse with the equipment on Wednesday evening.
  • October 8, 1920: On the return of the Thistle on Tuesday, she brought in five crates containing 13 foxes, from 100-Mile landing. These are from the ranch owned by W. A. Puckett, Bill Geary and George Enderby. They will be placed in the Eisenhauer ranch, which was lately acquired by J. Geary.

  • October 15, 1920: Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Hammell of Dawson were outward bound passengers this week. They are going to Oakland, Cal., near which city they own a nut farm, and will there make their future home. Mrs. Hammell was the first white woman to travel the trail over the Summit of White Pass from Skagway to Lake Bennett. She made the journey in the fall of 1897 and reached Dawson on the 3d of September of that year.
  • October 15, 1920: This issue had several articles about big game hunting - you can read three of them here.
  • October 15, 1920: Low water in the Yukon, and the early cold spell have made it necessary for the river boats to seek harborage in unexpected places, and the ways at the shipyards are likely to be largely unoccupied this winter.

  • October 22, 1920: Abnormally low water, and accompanying heavy frosts early in the month have contributed to bring about the most disastrous season in the history of the British Yukon Navigation company. Up to this date hopes have been entertained of straightening out the tangle, but every day adds difficulty to the problem. Every boat of the service was yesterday in difficulty between here and Dawson, and two are probably total losses. Read the entire article here.
  • October 22, 1920: The New York to Nome squadron completed the last lap of its return voyage on October 20th, all four planes landing safely at Mineola.
  • October 22, 1920: By the lately reported death of the Ven. Hudson Stuck, archdeacon of the Yukon, the northland has lost a great scholar, Arctic lore and exploration a great exponent and the Indians and Eskimos an unflinching and ardent champion. As a missionary he has been in charge of Fort Yukon for about fifteen years; as archdeacon he has had the oversight of all the Episcopal missions in Alaska, and probably has a record of Alaskan travel never attained by any other. Read the entire article here.

  • October 29, 1920: On Saturday afternoon Dr. Culbertson had a call to go to Yukon Crossing to attend the child of Otto Kastner, who with its mother, was among the Casca passengers. R. H. Palmer was engaged for the trip, and landed the doctor at the crossing in 14 hours. Drifting down by small boat the doctor met the Casca at Hell Gate, and came back with her to Carmacks, where the auto was awaiting him. As the child was out of serious danger, the doctor returned by road, reaching home Monday morning. On arrival of the Casca the child was removed to the Whitehorse General hospital.
  • October 29, 1920: Miss Edith Lyttleton, who writes under the nom de plume of G. B. Lancaster, after a sojourn of several months at Carcross, sailed by the last Princess, en route to the east for the winter. She has mightily enjoyed her summer in the north, all but the mosquitoes and black flies.
  • October 29, 1920: The Canadian and White Horse left Wednesday afternoon for Hootalinqua, where the former will be put on the ways, the White Horse returning to Lebarge, where she will await the coming of the Nasutlin. The Nasutlin will go into winter quarters at Lebarge, and the White Horse will bring all crews up, making the cleanup for the season.

November

  • November 5, 1920: When the White Pass train pulled out yesterday morning, most of the town was at the station, about ninety or more as outgoing passengers, and the remainder to take a more or less lengthy leave of them. Despite the late date, beautiful weather prevailed, and those who remained looked almost pityingly on those destined to the moister climate of the Pacific coast. They will be turning their faces north with the birds again in the spring.
  • November 5, 1920: Navigation on the Yukon river closed with the arrival here last Sunday night of the steamer White Horse, which brought back from Hootalinqua and Lower Lebarge the crews of the Canadian and Nasutlin. The steamer Tutshi arrived at Carcross on Tuesday, which was the last trip on the Atlin run this season. The White Pass company has been handicapped by the most severe weather and water conditions ever experienced in the north. Extreme low water and heavy ice made it impossible to let many of the boats to their regular winter quarters.
  • November 5, 1920: Angus Meleod, mate on the Casca, will be stationed at Lower Lebarge this winter to look after the fleet there. Ewen Morrison, mate on the Selkirk, will act as watchman on the steamer Canadian at Hootalinqua. A. M. McLeod, mate on the Nasutlin, will winter at Stewart and look after the Selkirk at that point.

  • November 12, 1920: Albert Miller Rousseau, for the past four and a half years editor, owner, and moving spirit of this paper, passed peacefully to his reward at 1:30 o'clock Monday morning at his home in this place, his death terminating an illness which began Monday, October 11, when he suffered a stroke of apoplexy. Read the entire article here.
  • November 12, 1920: J. L. McVey and E. T. McLaughlin, who have been working during the past season in the Mayo district, arrived in town Tuesday, having come the entire distance by dog team. They left Mayo October 16, going to Dawson, thence south by the overland trail. After a short rest here, they started Wednesday to walk to Skagway.
  • November 12, 1920: Ike Seavers, who left here last month with the launch Sibilla en route to Mayo with a load of explosives, returned home Friday. He was met at Yukon Crossing by C. W. Cash and F. E. Harbottle, and brought to town by auto. They had great difficulty in reaching Mayo with the Sibilla. Running ice and extreme low water in the Stewart made navigation almost impossible and the trip a dangerous one.

  • November 19, 1920: The Mayo country has the promise of becoming a great camp, according to T. A. Dickson, who returned here by stage last Sunday. The Yukon Gold Co. is carrying on extensive operations, and expects to put three thousand tons of ore at Mayo landing by spring. They have sixty-five head of horses and haul the ore a distance of from forty-five to fifty miles.
  • November 19, 1920: C. W. Cash, superintendent of the Royal Mail service, accompanied by Mrs. Cash, left Tuesday morning for the outside. It is their intention to spend a few days on the coast, and then go to Mr. Cash's former home, Decatur, Ills., for a visit. They have not yet decided where they will make their future home.
  • November 19, 1920: Rumor has it that we are to have a real orchestra in Whitehorse soon, as a number of our citizens have met to complete such an organization. If weird sounds are heard in town in the near future, don't complain that howling dogs kept you awake all night. You may be talking to a member of the new orchestra who attended practice the night before.

  • November 26, 1920: Work on the famous Engineer mine will be started next spring, and a number of men will be employed there, according to Ben Nicoll, who arrived in Skagway on the last trip of the Princess Mary. Mr. Nicoll is now in Atlin en route to his mining property, which adjoins the Engineer group.
  • November 26, 1920: The river closed in front of the depot about 5:30 p. m. yesterday The jam holding the water back forced it across the railroad track near the laundry, flooding the street near the messhouse. The water is gradually getting away thru the slough back of the R. M. S. buildings.
  • November 26, 1920: Mrs. Caroline Stoner, one of the best-known pioneer women in Alaska, died recently at Hyder of heart failure. Mrs. Stoner was born about 1874 on a farm near Newcastle, Pa. She landed in Skagway in the winter of 1897-1898, going to Circle in 1898 and to Dawson in 1899, then followed other rushes. She was running a restaurant in Hyder until shortly before her death.

December

  • December 3, 1920: Malcolm McAskill died at his home in New Westminster on November 22nd, at the age of 60. A resident of that city for the past forty years, he was in the employ of the White Pass and Yukon Railways company, and went up north every year to take charge of the boat building for that company.
  • December 3, 1920: R.C.M.P. Inspector A. L. Bell died in Vancouver General Hospital on November 30th. We understand he had been for some time a sufferer from Bright's disease. Capt. Bell was one of the best known men in the Yukon. Coming north in 1898 as a constable with the R. N. W. M. P., he was stationed at various times at Stewart, Fortymile and Dawson. He was placed in command of the Whitehorse detachment in 1915, remaining here until the fall of 1919, when he was transferred to Vancouver.
  • December 3, 1920: Big game hunting in the wilds of the Yukon is usually considered to be a sport in which only exceptionally strong and hardy men may indulge with safety and success. Registered at the Castle hotel in Vancouver, however, is a quiet little middle-aged woman whose reputation in the northland as a fearless and tireless hunter will bear comparison with that of any male nimrod who ever bagged a grizzly. She is Mrs. W. W. Dickinson, whose husband was formerly agent for the White Pass and Yukon route at Whitehorse, and who is now agent for the P.G.E. at Pemberton Meadows. Read the entire article here.

  • December 10, 1920: E. W. Gideon, proprietor of the Caribou hotel at Careross, is remodeling the old Scott hotel building at that point, and will operate it next season as an addition to his present hostelry, which is inadequate to take care of the growing tourist business.
  • December 10, 1920: Latest census gives Alaska a total population of 54,718, white population numbering 29,210 and natives 25,508. In 1910 there was a total of 64,356; and in 1900 there were 63,592 persons living in the territory.
  • December 10, 1920: The R. C. M. P. at Dawson are flooded with applications from stampeders who wish to reach the oil fields at Ft. Norman by accompanying the police patrol which leaves there yearly for Herschel island.

  • December 17, 1920: Word has been received from the outside that several parties intend making the trip to the new oil strike at Fort Norman, through the Yukon. Capt. Moorhead, R. C. M. P., advises that the regulations require stampeders to be provided with a year's subsistence before leaving the territory.
  • December 17, 1920: We counted 30 present at the rink on Saturday evening and 18 in the afternoon. An attendance of nearly 50 shows the keen interest taken in skating this winter. It is somewhat surprising to see little tots of tender years already skimming over the smooth ice with confidence, sometimes on their feet and frequently on another part of their anatomy. But who can wonder, when one sees two stalwart good-natured six-foot policemen shepherding with tender solicitations the tottering attempts of children as young as five years?
  • December 17, 1920: A thrilling tale of the rescue of thirteen ice-bound starving passengers of a passenger steamer which had been wrecked near Cape Prince of Wales, was told at San Francisco on the arrival of the whaler Herman, one of the fleet operated by H. Liebes & Company, furriers, from a cruise into the Arctic sea. The rescue was effected after the shipwrecked passengers had been wandering over the ice for two weeks without food. There were three women in the party.

  • December 24, 1920: The Carnegie library at Dawson was destroyed by fire on December 15. On December 17, two workmen thawing pipes in the Northern Commercial company store at Dawson started a blaze in the second story of the building. Two rooms were gutted by the flames, and considerable damage was done by water.
  • December 24, 1920: The gas boat Diana, owned by Chas. Goldstein of Juneau, which has been missing since it left its home port carrying a load of supplies for the Chichagoff mine on November 30th, is probably lost, and it is believed that the crew of three men have perished. The captain of the Peterson from Fort William H. Seward made a careful search without result. He gives as his opinion that the Diana struck an iceberg and sank immediately.
  • December 24, 1920: If plans now under way by the Dominion Air Board for consideration are matured, Canadian geologists, who every summer make arduous trips to far northern regions to carry on field work, will next summer be spared much effort, and save several weeks of valuable time by being carried in airships.

  • December 31, 1920: Is there nobody in town to represent our absent councilor Robert Lowe If there be, we are sure he will receive the thanks of every citizen if he will bestir himself and get side walks cleared of snow, or at least get most of it leveled down. In Dawson, a man with horse and plough goes over all side walks every morning after a fresh snow fall. Is it not possible for us here to have a similar arrangements?
  • December 31, 1920: The launch Diana, reported lost between Juneau and Chichagoff, has been located. A broken tail shaft put the craft out of commission and she was driven ashore on Lemesner island. The gasboat Dauntless found her.
  • December 31, 1920: The children of Christ Church Sunday school entertained their parents and friends in a splendid manner at the I. 0. D. E. rooms on Wedndsday night, the occasion being the annual Christmas Tree festival. Archdeacon Whittaker reported the Sunday school to be in a flourishing condition, the average Sunday attendance having increased from 16 in 1919 to 18 in 1920, despite an unusual amount of sickness and other interruptions during the year.

1921

January

  • January 7, 1921: A crew of men left Dawson several days ago to dismantle two units of the Twelvemile hydro-electric power plant of the Yukon Gold company. The third and last unit may be left intact, and used the coming summer. Should it be decided to remove it this winter, other power will he used in driving the Gold Run dredge next summer. The units being removed are to be sent to Malay, where Yukon Gold has large tin dredging operations under way.
  • January 7, 1921: I. L. Seavers, better known, perhaps, as the "Caterpillar Kid," a resident of Whitehorse since 1911, passed through Juneau Christmas Eve on the steamer Jefferson. Mr. Seavers is on his way to San Francisco with the intention of saying goodbye to the Northland. He may engage in the automobile repair business with his brother in the California metropolis.
  • January 7, 1921: Messrs. Coates & Kastner have received a new auto truck, which will be used in handling mail between here and Dawson.

  • January 14, 1921: Striking a rock in a slide near Glacier on Tuesday, the rotary was disabled and forced to return to Skagway for repairs. The southbound train returned to Whitehorse. Repairs were completed and trains were running in both directions on Wednesday.
  • January 14, 1921: Miss Ruth Hillman and Robert Lowe were married on December 16, by the Rev. Nicoll, who was formerly pastor of the Presbyterian church in Whitehorse. Bob failed to mention where the ceremony was performed, but a small oversight like that in the case of a newly-married man is excusable.
  • January 14, 1921: J. T. Burns, one of Dawson's pioneers, arrived from Carcross on last Friday's train. With his dog, Peary, as his only companion, he left Fort Simpson in the latter part of July, coming overland to Telegraph creek, thence via Teslin and Atlin to Carcross.

  • January 21, 1921: Frank Wilkins, a fuel contractor for the White Pass & Yukon route, was found frozen to death Monday on the river trail about a half mile south of Stewart. His tracks showed that he was unable to walk, and that he had crawled a considerable distance on his hands and knees.
  • January 21, 1921: H. Colley, C. J. McDonald, D. McRae and W. Murphy, formerly of Dawson, are in town, having arrived from the outside a few days ago, enroute to Fort Norman. They are outfitting here at present and will leave soon for the new oil fields, going via Little Salmon and Ross river.
  • January 21, 1921: Significance attaches, we believe, to the fact that a nation-wide increase in both major and minor crime is occurring simultaneously with the attempted application of a stringent prohibition law and with organized movements toward the imposition of a Puritanical Sabbath law.

February

  • February 4, 1921: R. B. Hyett, White Pass baggageman, is able to walk again, after being confined for three months in a hospital as a result of injuries sustained in an accident last fall. Hyett was taking friends for a drive into the country and, stopping for a brief rest, parked the car beside the road. A woman who was learning to drive came along and drove her car into Hyett's machine. Hyett was knocked down and received two fractures in his leg.
  • February 4, 1921: At the Sophia hearing now being conducted in Seattle, Marine Superintendent Neurotsos of the C. P. R. testified that Captain Locke's running at full speed in a blinding show storm was unwise. Harrigan, formerly first mate on the U.S. lighthouse tender Cedar, testified that all of the Sophia passengers could have been rescued if Captain Locke had granted permission, as all arrangements had been made by the Cedar to take care of them.
  • February 4, 1921: Aultman Bros, of Akron, Ohio, prominent operators in the Rainy Hollow district, will bring engineers here within the next three months to examine the mines in this vicinity, and will make a thorough examination of the Copper King at that time. The Granby interests were here last summer but despite a good report, they recently wired that present low copper prices prohibit proceeding with a purchase.

  • February 11, 1921: At the invitation of Mrs. W. S. Watson, sixteen young people enjoyed a hike on snowshoes to the cabin at Ice lake on Shrove Tuesday. Tobogganing afforded considerable amusement and bumps to the guests, after which pancakes and tea were served by the hostess.
  • February 11, 1921: The masquerade ball to be given by the bachelors at the N. S. A. A. hall on Monday night (St. Valentine's Day) promises to afford considerable amusement to their guests, judging from the preparations being made by the townspeople in the creation of costumes, and by the bachelors themselves for the entertainment of their friends.
  • February 11, 1921: George Johnson and Walter J. McBrien were hauled before Commissioner J. J. F. Ward in Skagway on the double charge of impersonating an officer and obtaining money through intimidation. The two men are accused of going to the home of Mrs. Bertha Hershey on Second avenue on Friday night of last week. They displayed an officer's star and a gun and compelled her to give them one hundred dollars.

  • February 18, 1921: A recent letter from Mrs. W .G. Blackwell, formerly of Whitehorse, now resident ot Dundalk, Ont., states that all the family is well. Rev. Blackwell has a parish of five churches which he serves with the help of a divinity student for Sundays. Four of their sons are making their own lives now while the two youngest boys are still at home.
  • February 18, 1921: The department of the interior is already making its plans to put survey parties in the oil fields of the northwest on the first opening of spring. Three separate expeditions will leave Ottawa at the earliest possible moment to undertake the traverse of the Mackenzie river for the purpose of providing for the erection of proper survey posts, to which may be "tied" oil claims which will be staked in the new territory.
  • February 18, 1921: Strong northwesterly winds and a choppy sea made it impossible to rescue passengers from the steamship Princess Sophia while she rested on Vanderbilt reef on the night of Oct. 24 and the morning of Oct. 25, 1918, according to rebuttal testimony given yesterday by Capt. John W. Leadbetter of the United States lighthouse tender Cedar in the hearing in federal court on the motion of the Canadian Pacific railway for a limitation of liability in connection with the foundering of the ship.

March

  • March 4, 1921: Word has been received of the death at Carmacks of "Babe," the black cob used by Taylor & Drury as the delivery horse before the days of the Cadillae. Old Babe has been kept at the Taylor, Drury, Pedlar & Co. post at Carmacks as a pensioner for several years, the firm not having the heart to destroy him after his many years of faithful service.
  • March 4, 1921: Skagway Undertaking Parlors. Suffecool & Itjen, proprietors. Bert Whitfeld, embalmer. Bodies prepared for shipment. Careful attention given all cases.
  • March 4, 1921: The last mail brought word of a well known official of the earlier days in Southern Yukon - Percy Reid, who was mining recorder at Carcross for years. Mr. Reid is chief inspector of immigration for Canada, and also assistant controller of Chinese immigration. He sailed from Vancouver for the Orient on the Empress of Asia on February 10, on official business, and expects to be away for three months or more.

  • March 25, 1921: Almost completing the allotted span of three score years and ten, Mrs. Rosina Eggert, wife of Jules Eggert, Atlin, B. C., passed into the Great Beyond last Saturday morning, after a short illness. Read the entire article here.
  • March 25, 1921: Mrs. A. K. Viaux has reopened the White Pass hotel and is ready for the spring trade. The hotel is in good shape, as considerable work has been done on it this winter. Mrs. C. Negrean and J. Matsushita have leased the Whitehorse Grill and are operating a first class dining room there.
  • March 25, 1921: The White Pass caterpillar, with Cam Smith at the wheel and D. O'Connor and R. H. Fitch as crew, made a trip to Lower Le Barge this week with thirty tons of freight. The trail is in good shape now that the caterpillar has plowed the snow off. Isaac Taylor and family made the trip there and back on Sunday, while a number of cars went as far as Tahkeena.

April

  • April 1, 1921: Federal grants for the Yukon are cut in half in 1921, from $200,000 to $100,000, with a special grant of $20,000 for the Mayo trail.
  • April 1, 1921: Old Dawsonite George Cossant, after a lingering illness from cancer of the stomach, died in the Whitehorse General hospital at an early hour Wednesday morning. He was 67 years of age, unmarried so far as kmown, and a native of Quebec. Read the entire article here.
  • April 1, 1921: A number of the boys from the shipyards have been very industriously shoveling the snow off the baseball grounds for the past few evenings so that the place will have a chance to dry off in readiness for football. This will give them probably two weeks earlier season than they would have if they waited for the sun to do it.

  • April 8, 1921: W. Muncaster, wife and daughter, arrived in town some time ago from the outside, bringing two horses and three dogs and a rather large outfit. Mr. Muncaster has resided for the past two years at Canyon City, on the upper White river, and knowing this country thoroughly, has decided to establish a fox ranch at Weselley lake, near the Donjek river. He will also open a trading post.
  • April 8, 1921: The Tally-ho group, consisting of nine full claims, is situated in the Wheaton river district about eighteen miles from Robinson station. This property was 3 in 1906 by the present owners, C. J. Irvine, C. I. Burnside, Fred McGlashan, Adam Bernie and William Haire (deceased) and these men have done considerable development work ont the claims.
  • April 8, 1921: T. G. Johnson is busy overhauling the refrigerator and engine of P. Burns & company's local establishment and expects to leave for Vancouver today. This cooling plant has proved a valuable addition to the shop and the town is fortunate in having such an asset.

  • April 15, 1921: Yukon has learned the trick within the last twenty years of keepng much of its money at home by producing a large share of its own food-stuffs. Yukon produces annually most of the potatoes and other vegetables which it consumes; that it also is a large producer of poultry and eggs, and has gotten a good start in raising cattle, and also breeds and raises some fine jigs, and several dairies are operated in the territory.
  • April 15, 1921: Emerson O'Neil, who recently died at Dawson, a former resident of Juneau, was one of the first men to take horses to Dyea during the rush to the Klondike for use on the Chilkoot Pass trail. He went from Dawson to Nome when the stampede was on in that district and later returned to Dawson.
  • April 15, 1921: Stewart City. Since the first of the present month Watchman Angus McLeod and one other man have been engaged in salvaging parts of the steamer Selkirk's machinery and fittings. As most of this was completely frozen in, the work of recovery necessarily has been slow, involving the constant use of pick and shovel.

  • April 22, 1921: Last fail the White Pass company purchased the building and lots next to the Atlin Inn and shipped lumber there to be ready for an early start this spring on the proposed addition.
  • April 22, 1921: Louis Kezer is in town again and will leave tomorrow with W. J. Clethero for Livingstone creek. They are taking in supplies for their summer operations there and, providing that there is sufficient water, they should do well. Louis has some very promising ground on Cottoneva creek.
  • April 22, 1921: A meeting was called last Friday evening in N. S. A. A. hall of lawn tennis players to organize for the coming season. A large number of ladies and gentlemen attended and showed their enthusiasm.

  • April 29, 1921: Cam Smith made a trip to the lake last Friday morning with the Winton hauling the crews of the boats on sleds. The sleigh broke through the ice near the lake and all the passengers were badly frightened and soaked with water.
  • April 29, 1921: In news from the Yukon council in Dawson, it will be necessary to raise more funds by some local taxation to make up the deficit in federal allowances. Several new forms of taxation have been proposed, one of which it has been decided to adopt is an annual tax of $5 on bachelors and unmarried self-supporting women 21 to 55 years of age. The council refused to alter the existing poll tax, whieh they reduced last year.
  • April 29, 1921: Businessmen of Whitehorse have filed an objection with the Gold Commissioner regarding the removal of assayer W. C. Sime from the town, moving the assay office to Mayo.

May

  • May 6, 1921: About 125,000 marine workers throughout the United States are out on strike. This is protest against the 15 percent wage deduction which went into effect on May 1st. All the sailings of the two principal lines for Alaska were indefinitely postponed on May 3rd. There is no chance of getting the City of Seattle or the Alameda out.
  • May 6, 1921: R. M. Grant, private banker of New York City, accompanied by his son, arrived here Monday and left for Kluahne yesterday morning with Chas Baxter's team. T. A. Dickson of Kluahne and Chas. H. Baxter have both been employed to guide these men and Ole Dickson and Frank Sketch complete the party. This is the first hunting so of the season and it is expected there will be quite a number for the August hunt.
  • May 6, 1921: The Taylor, Drury, Pedlar & Co., Ltd., steamer Kluahne has been overhauled and is now ready to make several trips to Lake LeBarge as soon as the ice in the river is clear to the lake.

  • May 20, 1921: On May 14th, R. M. Semmes, the Seattle district director of the Shipping Board, notified the Seattle-Alaska steamship lines that they must resume Steamship service to the territory early the coming week, or he will put on one or more of the Shipping Board vessels. If they are unable to secure marine crews, he will see to it that government vessels are manned for the purpose.
  • May 20, 1921: Mr. McDonald, representing the Bradley interests, is in Carcross from Juneau and has been out inspecting the new gold discovery recently made by Ernie Johnson. This find is in the neighborhood pf 12 miles from Carcross and indications are that it will prove a good free milling proposition.
  • May 20, 1921: David Fotheringham, well known old time Yukoner, is building a new boat in Dawson, which he plans to operate on the Stewart river to Mayo. The hull is 14 by 80 feet and the machinery is from the old steamer Pauline. Capt. N. B. Raymond, formerly owner and master of the Pauline, will be master of the new boat. Okada, a Japanese merchant of Dawson, is also building a small steam boat for this run and quite a number of fair sized gas boats will be operated by Dawson people.

  • May 27, 1921: Yesterday morning three different people endeavored to scale the high flag pole at the depot and insert the flag rope in the top pulley but were unsuccessful. Finally one of the boys of the Casca made the top and won the $5, so the White Pass can now raise their big flag.
  • May 27, 1921: The steamers Canadian and Nasutlin were the first to arrive in Dawson, and the Canadian has left there for Tanana with her load. The Nasutlin has proceeded to Mayo after a rather serious accident in the Thirtymile river, where she struck a rock and was considerably damaged.
  • May 27, 1921: Owing to the reduction in government grant, it has been found necessary for the library to charge to borrowers of books an annual membership of $1.00 per individual and $2.00 for a family.

June

  • June 3, 1921: On May 29, a serious fire damaged the White Pass Hotel, but Mrs. Viaux put 15 men to work and the damage was soon repaired.
  • June 3, 1921: The Northern Commercial Company has sold its Dawson business to a new company comprised of former employes of the company. The new firm will be known as the J. A. Donald company.
  • June 3, 1921: The Princess Mary arrived in Skagway Wednesday and had quite a few tourists on board, the first of the season. A special train carried them to the summit to view the wonders of the White Pass. Trains will run daily between Whitehorse and Skagway from now on until fall. It is expected that there will be a very heavy tourist travel and the company is prepared to meet it.

  • June 10, 1921: George Yoshida, proprietor of the City Cafe of town, has completed arangements with E. W. Gideon and is now operating the dining rom of the Caribou hotel at Carcross. The Gideons will run the hotel itself as formerly.
  • June 10, 1921: Recent reports indicate that owing to the unusually light snow fall this past winter, there is a great shortage of water in the Atlin district, which is quite serious, as practically all the mining there is hydraulic.
  • June 10, 1921: The Regina Hotel is now open. Chas. H. Johnston has been busy on his hotel and now has it in excellent shape and ready for any and all business that may offer.

  • June 17, 1921: With this issue the Star appears under new management. A joint stock company is in process of organization and when completed will take over the business and property pertaining to the Weekly Star. Practically all of the prominent business men of the town have taken stock in the new enterprise and the continuation of the publication is now assured. When the former owner, E. J. White, was here a couple of weesk ago, it was for the purpose of either selling the plant or closing it down. As no individual willing to purchase could, on the spur of the moment, be found, the only alternative was a community enterprise which has been successfully launched.
  • June 17, 1921: Wednesday evening reminded one that summer was here indeed, as the train brought over a large number of tourists - the first real crowd of the season. As usual, there were quite a few pretty girls and all places of vantage, such as the empty trucks at the depot, the lumber piles on the wharf, etc., were crowded with practically the entire male population of Whitehorse, who spend many such pleasant summer evenings viewing and discussing the latest styles from the outside. All the dogs of town seem, to realize the tourists are here, and congregate on Front street, where each and every tourist must needs stop and rave over them. The girls pet and fondle them and call them all sorts of endearing names, much to the disgust of the envious men mentioned above.
  • June 17, 1921: The Thistle, loaded with supplies and store equipment for ithe new Taylor, Drury, Pedlar & Co. post at Mayo, left Lower LeBarge May 2, and after a side trip to Dawson, arrived in Mayo on May 28, the first steamer of the season to reach the silver camp. Mr. Taylor informs us that the whole town was down to welcome the arrival and that business was very brisk, as the camp was quite short on many articles.

  • June 24, 1921: Editor of The Weekly Star is now Mrs. E. L. Wilson.
  • June 24, 1921: Through for the season. Otto Kastner of the Coates & Kastner mail service eft with his wife and family on the last trip of the White Horse for Dawson. He has been here since October in charge of the southern end of the stage line and has proven an able manager.
  • June 24, 1921: In territorial court hel din Whitehorse: petition of Rudulph Bauer for citizenship. This was opposed by the local G. W. V. A. on the grounds that the applicant was a German citizen. Evidence favorable to his character and standing was taken by the judge and the papers were forwarded to the secretary of state in Ottawa for action.

July

  • July 1, 1921: Principally through the efforts of the Yukon Councilman Robt. Lowe the department of the interior has been prevailed upon to allow oil stampeders to record their claims in Whitehorse on their return from Fort Norman, saving a long expensive trip to Edmonton, which was necessary under the old rules. The Yukon is recognized by all as the best possible winter route to Fort Norman and now that claims may be registered here it is certain that next winter will see a big stampede through Whitehorse for the great oil attraction.
  • July 1, 1921: Word received in the mail last evening states that Capt. Janney, well known Canadian aviator, is on his way here to look after the establishment of an aerial passenger and freight service to Ft. Norman oil fields from Whitehorse and Dawson. He expects that his machines will make the trip each way in one day. He will also visit Lake Atlin, with a view of establishing a flying boat service there for summer tourist season.
  • July 1, 1921: Keller Bros. have acquired the park Herman Grimm commenced in Skagway a few years. ago The trees have been pruned, the vines trimmed, and tourists can enjoy the novelty of dancing in a real Alaskan park.

  • July 8, 1921: James McDonald, old time Dawson and Mayo miner, who arrived in Dawson on the steamer Yukon late yesterday afternoon from Fort Norman via the Porcupine river and Fort Yukon, prepared a statement on the conditions at Fort Norman, and the best winter route to that place. Read his lengthy report here.
  • July 8, 1921: J. D. Grennan, who has been in charge of the Yukon Gold company's mine operations at Mayo, accompanied Geo. Coffey as far as Carcross and from there is going with Gilbert Skelly to look over the Ernie Johnson claims and will visit a number of the more important claims in the Wheaton.
  • July 8, 1921: The Rev. Andrew J. Graham will be giving a free lecture about Christian Science at the Moose Hall on Tuesday evening.

  • July 15, 1921: In a plebiscite on July 11, Yukoners express that they want the right to import their liquor when they want it instead of abolition of liquor imports.
  • July 15, 1921: A post office has been established at Keno City, at the foot of Keno Hill in the new quartz mining center of the Mayo district. It is likely that a post office will be opened in Mayo City in the fall.
  • July 15, 1921: Six old time Yukoners and two Edmonton men arrived in Dawson this morning from Fort Norman. They are en route to Edmonton to record oil claims which they staked near the famous old gusher of the Imperial Oil company, near Fort Norman, and probably will leave here tomorrow to continue their journey.

  • July 23, 1921: Dr. Thompson, M. P., and Captain N. K. Wade returned on Wednesday morning from a trip to Teslin lake. They went up the Hootalinqua in the steamer Thistle to the Taylor, Drury, Pedlar & Co. trading post and returned by canoe to Hootalinqua, thence to Whitehorse on the steamer Casca. They cruised around the lake by canoe and made a preliminary survey of the shores for landing places for airplanes and made enquiries regarding the route from the lake to the Gravel river as a means of getting a Yukon winter route to the Fort Norman oil fields.
  • July 23, 1921: On Wednesday afternoon a bronze tablet bearing the names of three Whitehorse men, employes of the Canadian Bank of Commerce who had served overseas in the great war, was unveiled at that bank. Manager J. C. Newmarch said that the Bank of Commerce was placing these tablets in all its branches; 1701 men from the bank had enlisted and 258 had yielded up their lives. He read the records of Lieutenant W. P. Holmes, Gunner V. Hughes, Lieutenant W. H. Snyder, the three men whose names are perpetuated on the tablet.
  • July 23, 1921: A number of local people are thinking of making a trip to the Watson to prospect and stake near Ernie Johnson's property, realizing that this group of claims, the Snowstorm and Mascot, have the best gold quartz showing in this district. The claims are situated up the Watson river a distance of about 40 miles from Robinson and are easily accessible.

  • July 30, 1921: The North West corporation yesterday added to its fleet operating in this camp. The new dredge, designated as "North West No. 2," started operations yesterday at Granville, on Dominion creek, fifty miles from Dawson. "North West No. 1," which was assembled and started operations last year, is working on claim number 17 on upper Dominion.
  • July 30, 1921: The recording of discovery claims on the new Darud Creek near Little Atlin Lake by H. H. Darud caused considerable excitement around town. They were soon over-ruled by the Gold Commissioner in favour of discovery claims staked by J. H. Searfoss and partners on what they called Searfoss Creek.
  • July 30, 1921: About forty people enjoyed a very pleasant auto ride to the Pueblo mine Tuesday, where a real dance followed by refreshments took place. The merrymakers arrived home in the wee small hours, the car ride home in the cool of the night being very refreshing.

August

  • August 5, 1921: All the stampeders are back from Searfoss Creek at Little Atlin Lake, and a list of some of the claims staked is published.
  • August 5, 1921: A letter has been received from Otto H. Partridge of the Ben-My-Chree mine, inviting all of Whitehorse to visit his home on the west arm of Taku Arm. This is a wonderful trip and it is hoped that Mr. Wheeler will be able to arrange an excursion should a slack time arrive when such an outing could be managed without inconveniencing the Tutshi.
  • August 5, 1921: On Saturday, under the auspices of the I. O. D. E., a most enjoyable excursion took passengers on the steamer Dawson to Lake LeBarge for a moonlight trip. As the fare was only one dollar and all school children went free, nearly the whole town took advantage of the enjoyable trip, and profits went to the X-ray fund.

  • August 12, 1921: Frank Dickinson, 24 years of age, one of the crew of the steamer Casca, lost his life in the icy waters of the Yukon while the boat was about 15 miles south of Minto on her return trip to Whitehorse on August 8th. He was washing railings when he apparently lost his footing. See two articles and more information here.
  • August 12, 1921: The White Pass company has arranged an excursion to Ben-My-Chree on Saturday, August 20th. The fare for the round trip from Whitehorse is $10, and from Carcross $5. These fares include meals and berth on the steamer Tutshi from Carcross.
  • August 12, 1921: The king's printer has begun using Canada's new royal coat-of-arms which, judging by the official description, must be rather a gorgeous creation of heraldic art when displayed in all its "or" and "argent," with its lion as dexter and its unicorn, "armed, crined and unguled," as sinister supporter.

  • August 19, 1921: The airplane Polar Bear has reached Dillon, Montana, on its way to Siberia. The machine was in good shape when it reached there on July 29 and will fly over the pioneer route through Alaska and the Yukon which is by way of Skagway, Whitehorse and Dawson. C. A. Prest is flying the tractor biplane.
  • August 19, 1921: J. E. Binet and wife left on the Casca for Mayo, He is owner of the townsite and has large holdings in Mayo. They have been on an extended trip to the east.
  • August 19, 1921: The Slate Creek Mining company has taken an option on the Mascot group of mining claims in the Wheaton district, it is rumored, and will start work on the property immediately. Mining engineer E. E. Bussey arrived in Skagway on August 15th en route to the mines.

  • August 26, 1921: T. C. Richards, manager of the local branch of P. Burns & Co., received a shipment of thirty head of cattle on Wednesday and will leave on the steamer White Horse with same. He will drive them overland from Pelly to Mayo and will have two men with saddle horses and an Indian guide to assist him in the work.
  • August 26, 1921: The collector of customs today received directions by wire from the treasury department to permit the transportation of intoxicating liquors through Alaskan waters and across American territory in the North in bond from one Canadian point to another. This traffic was stopped July 15th.
  • August 26, 1921: P. Larssen, chief engineer on the steamer White Horse, received word in this mail that his youngest son, N. P. Larssen, sailed on the ill-fated steamer Alaska from Portland and no word has been received from him since the foundering. It is feared that he must have lost his life.

September

  • September 2, 1921: Managing Editor of The Weekly Star is E. Chester Roberts, Editor is Mrs. E. L. Wilson.
  • September 2, 1921: Corporal L. A. Vinall and Constable J. A. McDonald, on hearing rumors of the supposed illness of Albert Suppnick, went over to Bullion Creek to investigate the case and on arrival at Morley Bones cabin found the body lying half out of bed with face on the floor. They arrived at the conclusion that the man had been dead for at least six weeks or two months before their arrival. They buried the body near his cabin.
  • September 2, 1921: Word has been received that long-time White Horse resident Richard "Dick" Fitch has been killed in an accident at Fairbanks. He had been operating a steam shovel for the Alaska Engineering Commission. His wife and children received the news at Dawson while en route to Fairbanks, which they planned to make their home. They have now returned to Whitehorse.

  • September 9, 1921: John Hollenbeck, who has cut about 4,000 cords of four-foot wood about 75 miles above the mouth of the Klondike this season, for the C. K. M. and affiliated companies, has started the wood down the river. The first wood has passed Rock Creek, where most of the wood will be taken out of the water. The remainder will be used by the electric light plant. Mr. Hollenbeck has forty men in his employ.
  • September 9, 1921: Dan Cadzow, the well known fur trader from Rampart House, has been in Dawson, getting his winter freight. He will take it on a scow down the river to Ft. Yukon and will transport it in launches up the Porcupine. Last year the district produced about 40,000 muskrat skins.
  • September 9, 1921: Joseph Sheldon who has been prospecting for some time on a creek which is a tributary to the Hootalinqua River and which he named "Geary Creek" arrived in town this week to record his discovery claim. He brought in some gold dust with him which looks especially good as he recorded his find which is not usually done on mere prespects.

  • September 16, 1921: It is almost a certainty that there will be a general election in Canada before the next session of Parliament and from Premier Meighen's remarks a December election is quite probable.
  • September 16, 1921: The Liquor Ordinance becomes effective September 15th, providing for the establishment of Government liquor stores and the sale of liquors. The Government stores shall remain open not more than eight hours in the twenty-four and not later at any time than seven o'clock in the evening. Stores are to operated in Whitehorse, Dawson and Mayo. The bill also provides for a tax of two cents per pint on all near beer sold in the Territory and imposes severe penalties for any violation of this law.
  • September 16, 1921: R. H. Palmer who has conducted a store and jitney business here for some time has left for Mayo where he will open a similar business. He built a good sized boat fo carry his outfit in, the motive power being his Ford truck, but owing to difficulty with his gear he has left the outfit here and will use it next spring in taking in new stock.

  • September 23, 1921: The White Pass steamer Nasutlin which has been on the Stewart City-Mayo run this year and which has recently been engaged in removing rocks from the upper Stewart channel was wrecked a few days ago. It appears that while at this work some part of the gear broke and the steamer struck a rock which sunk her.
  • September 23, 1921: Dr. Alfred Thompson, Yukon's member of parliament, announces to retire from public life and to resume his medical career.
  • September 23, 1921: Three cars loaded with people, food, and guns left for Carcross last Saturday afternoon for a sightseeing and hunting outing.
  • September 23, 1921: T. C. Richards, White Horse representative of P. Burns & Co. Ltd., arrived in Mayo on September 12th, after a trip of 16 days across country from Selkirk with a bunch of cattle for that camp. He left the cattle 9 miles south of Mayo and pushed on through the forrest with his horse in order to get food for the party. He reports that out of a total of thirty head of cattle with which he started, four strayed away in a snow storm on a summit when five days out from Selkirk and were not found again.

  • September 30, 1921: Managing Editor of The Weekly Star is E. Chester Roberts, and Mrs. E.L. Wilson is gone from the header.
  • September 30, 1921: We feel that an apology is necessary for the issue of last week. There were many errors in it and several news items of local interest were left out. There wore several good reasons for this. In the first place our gasoline engine is out of commission and only having electric motive power to use made us work all night part of the time. Then we got in some new parts for the machine and one of them, the pot mouthpiece, simply decided that it would not work. Consequently we were a day late and did not read proof or anything. However, things are moving more smoothly now and we think that this present issue is much more like it should be.
  • September 30, 1921: About a week ago J. W. Wilson, fuel agent for the White Pass, took Frank Dumontier as his engineer on the Hawk, one of the staunchest little craft on the river, and started down the stream to make a final inspection and pay off trip for the various wood camps along the line. In some way they struck one of the rocks in Five Finger Rapids and the boat was smashed and the two men were presumedly lost, as no trace has been found of them.

October

  • October 14, 1921: The name of the pioneer company Taylor, Drury, Pedlar & Company, Limited, is being changed to Taylor & Drury, Limited.

  • October 21, 1921: George Black, living in Vancouver now but one of the best known men in the territory, is unanimously nominated by the Liberal Conservative convention to run for M.P.
  • October 21, 1921: Last Sunday, C. Atherton took two young men to Ice Lake with a canoe, to snag some grouse and ducks. One of the men on shore fired at a duck as it flew past the canoe with the other two men in it. The duck was not hit but both men were hit with shot. Dr. Culbertson extracted most of the shot but the patient will need to go to Vancouver for x-rays to find the rest.
  • October 21, 1921: The steamer Dawson on its last trip north had a very unique experience when she steamed for hours past great herds of caribou. The officers of the steamer report the animals were everywhere along both banks from Thistle Creek to Ogilvie, a distance of fully forty-five miles.

  • October 28, 1921: Liquor runners, operating on a large scale, and boot-leggers, in league with exceedingly clever counterfeiters, are flooding the Northwest, especially Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane, with thousands of dollars in bogus $10 federal reserve notes, it was made known today through Captain W. R. Jarrell of the United States secret service. Money transactions in illicit deals for large quantities of liquor make the passing of counterfeit money easy, Captain Jarrell said, and virtually impossible to trace. The counterfeit notes are more easily passed on Canadian dealers, who furnish liquor runners with their stocks for transportation to Seattle, operatives said, inasmuch as the Canadians are comparatively unfamiliar with American bills.
  • October 28, 1921: We have made arrangements for outside telegraphic news of the Dominion and will in the course of the next few weeks start the Bulletin which will be issued throughout the winter, three times weekly, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This Bulletin will contain all the latest telegraphic news, with, when this is meager, a small proportion of local interest and advertising. The Star Publishing Company as we stated last week does not care to make money on this Bulletin as their only desire is to give the readers of the Star and of the Bulletin the very best service that can be purchased with the limited means that they have.
  • October 28, 1921: By request of the British Colonial office, the Canadian government will shortly issue a proclamation calling upon all Canadians to observe two minutes of silence from 11 o'clock in the forenoon until two minutes after, on Friday, November 11, the anniversary of the actual signing of the armistice.

November

  • November 4, 1921: A quiet stampede from Dawson and adjoining creeks has been going on for a week or so to Allgold creek, a tributary of Flat creek. Allgold heads in the Hunker dome, from which flows many of the famous gold bearing streams of the Klondike district, and since 1901 has been the scene of several stampedes. The latest find was made by Duncan Michie, who has been prospecting on the creek for seven years.
  • November 4, 1921: J. McAlter, who in the early days of the Klondike rush was the builder of many boats at the head waters of the Yukon, has died in Seattle.
  • November 4, 1921: Alaska's $65,000,000 government railroad will be ready to handle traffic from Seward to all Northern Alaska by January 1st. Only some 39 miles of trackage remains to be completed between Seward and Fairbanks, before the last spike is driven connecting the southern division with the northern section just north of Broad Pass.

  • November 18, 1921: first edition with the title "The Whitehorse Weekly Star".

    The Whitehorse Weekly Star, November 18, 1921
  • November 18, 1921: There is a well confirmed rumor that George Yoshida will have another first class cafe here next year in addition to the City cafe. He is currently Outside on a short visit to friends in Vancouver and Seattle.
  • November 18, 1921: On November the eleventh, to commemorate Armistice Day, the Great War Veterans Association gave a ball as has been the custom of the previous years. The ball began at nine o'clock sharp. The War Veterans, who were in uniform gave a military salute and marched from the stage. The Whitehorse band then played the grand march, led by Mr. Cam Smith and Miss Deyo Puckett.

  • November 25, 1921: On Wednesday last the Ice Carnival for the children came off with great enthusiasm on the part of the children as well as the grown ups. The rink was crowded with parents and other lovers of children and the interest was intense from seven to nine o'clock. The costumes showed exceptional taste and skill bestowed up them.
  • November 25, 1921: Ole Dickson was drowned in Wolf Creek at Kluane on October 20th. He had been there for about three weeks with Louis Jacquot, Charlie Johnson and an Indian hunting sheep. Ole and the Indian were building a little bridge across the creek when a big bunch of ice came down and knocked them into the water. The Indian managed to get out but Ole was sucked under the ice. A search was made for his body but without success and I am afraid that we will never find it.
  • November 25, 1921: The first all horse drawn mail left for Dawson this morning. If there is no more snow than there is now, this winter the auto stage will still continue to haul the mail as far as the river and it will be taken from there on by team.

December

  • December 2, 1921: The White Horse Weekly Star Costs $5.00 per year. The Family Herald and Weekly Star of Mortreal costs $2.00 per year. We now offer a full year's subscription to both papers for $6.00. With the Family Herald and Weekly Star is included a copy of the new Canadian Coat of Arms in true Heraldic colors, size 14 x 17 inches. This beautiful plate shopld be found in every Canadian home. Every boy and girl should be taught to describe the Canadian Coat of Arms.
  • December 2, 1921: Coates & Kastner broke all previous records fon the mail run from Dawson on this the last mail that came in. Just three days and sixteen hours was required by them for the long trip. The occasion for the rush was that the election ballot boxes were in the mail and they had to reach here within a certain time so that the worthy citizens might vote.
  • December 2, 1921: No, dear readers, the noise that you heard last Tuesday evening was not a bombardment of Skagway by the Japanese fleet, but was the noise of the balls rolling down the alleys at the Whitehorse Bowling Club, the occasion being the opening night of the season.

  • December 9, 1921: One of the hardest fought elections that the Yukon has ever seen has just passed and as we go to press the Government candidate [George Black] is leading by a very small majority. This lead is expected to be increased slightly as the districts get further from Dawson and of course Mayo is an unknown quantity, however, the victory for either man lays in this district. Pitts the Farmer Labor candidate, never has been in the minds of the voters, judging from the number of votes cast for him.
  • December 9, 1921: Editor and Manager of The Whitehorse Weekly Star is now E. Chester Roberts.
  • December 9, 1921: Walter Goyne, the famous dog racer, known as the "Going Kid," winner of Alaska's 1920 The Pass Derby is believed to have been drowned in Moose Lake, on Nov. 13th when he broke through thin ice.

  • December 16, 1921: The final results of the federal election show Captain George Black with 706 votes, Frederick Tennyson Congdon with 657, and George Pitts with 16. Congdon won a strong lead on all the Klondike creeks but not enough to carry the vote.
  • December 16, 1921: The body of Ole Dickson has been found about four miles from the place that it was swept under the ice near the mouth of Wolf Creek. It was buried on the banks of Wolf Creek.
  • December 16, 1921: James Richards, better known as "buzz-saw Jimmy," received injuries last Wednesday evening while taking his wood saw outfit to its garage. He was jolted from his seat and slipped into the gears below, and the leg just above the ankle was crushed very badly. It is not known as yet whether the foot will have to be amputated or not.

  • December 23, 1921: Owing to the fact that the editor has important business in Skagway, and as there is no one available to do his work, the Star will be forced to miss one issue, that of the 30th of December. This is very regrettable as the Star has missed but one other issue in the last twenty-two years.
  • December 23, 1921: Dr. Culbertson in consultation with two other physicians, decided it would be better to send J. Richards outside to a Vancouver hospital, as the wound in his foot is too serious for local treatment. It is hoped Jimmy's foot can be saved from amputation.
  • December 23, 1921: The body of an unknown Canadian soldier is to be brought from the western battlefront and buried beneath the Victory Tower of the new Parliament Building in Ottawa.



[The online newspaper archives has no issues of the Star between December 23, 1921 and March 21, 1924. It may have not been printed for that period.]



1924

March

  • March 21, 1924: The Weekly Star resumes publication after a suspension of several months, with a new title design. The reason for the suspension was financial issues. The Publisher is now J.D. Skinner.
    The Weekly Star (Whitehorse, Y.T.), March 21, 1924

  • March 21, 1924: After 26 years with the White Pass & Yukon Route railway and the government telegraph service, George S. Fleming retires. He and Mrs. Fleming left for California but have not decided where the future will take them.
  • March 21, 1924: During February Inspector Moorhead and Corporal Cronkhite made a general patrol of the Kluahne district, making the round trip of over four hundred miles in twenty-three days. Their supplies were carried by a train of six dogs. Conditions generally throughout the district were found to be good. The Indians were in good health and prosperous. ... Last year the Jacquots erected a bridge over the Jarvis river, thereby permitting automobile traffic from Whitehorse to Kluahne Lake, a distance of one hundred and fifty-one miles.

  • March 28, 1924: Mr. and Mrs. Thayer, who are engaged in fox farming at Carmacks, came to Whitehorse for the birth of a baby, which turned out to be twin girls.
  • March 28, 1924: Saturday evening last Livingstone Wernecke, accompanied by W. L. Phelps, paid The Star a hurried call. Mr. Wernecke was just returning from the outside and dropped in to see the office, which he said had been described to him as a model of neatness and efficiency. That he had only a moment to spare is regretted as Mr. Wernecke is both widely and highly spoken of in connection with the mining operations at Keno Hill.
  • March 28, 1924: The many friends of Miss Florence Annie Taylor are delighted to hear of the distinction she won at Sorbonne (Paris University). She was at the head of the list in the recent examinations open to all nationalities. Miss Taylor was born in Whitehorse. This splendid achievment is a credit to herself and an honor to the Yukon and to Canada.

April

  • April 4, 1924: Andrew Sostad, from the Engineer Mine, spent a few days in Carcross and Skaguay last week on business connected with the mine. He reports development work progressing and prospects favorable. He purposes soon to increase his force of men.
  • April 4, 1924: The annual meeting of the Whitehorse Tennis Club was held in the N. S. A. A. Hall on Monday eyening when the following officers were elected: President, W. D. McBride; Vice-President, Dr. Culbertson; Secretary, K. R. Fyfe; Executive Committee: Mrs. Shirley, Miss Martin, S. Coulter, J. C. Newmarch. It was decided to construct a new court to be surfaced with decomposed granite. Other new work contemplated is surfacing and levelling the present courts, drainage canal to carry off the rain water from the Club building, and extension of existing fences.
  • April 4, 1924: Three freight teams and the passenger stage left Carcross for Atlin Wednesday morning. This will about finish the Atlin freighting over the ice as lake conditions are not favorable for a late season.

  • April 11, 1924: The advertising patronage accorded The Star is quite satisfactory, the amount of job printing available is fully up to our expectations, but the subscriptions are not coming in as we had anticipated. The people are not to blame because they have been let down upon one or two occasions. Nor is the present management to blame for the conduct of his predecessors.
  • April 11, 1924: On Friday evening in some unknown manner, fire broke out in the tower on the valuable fox ranch of Eddie Marcotte, across the river from the town. By a peculiar coincidence, when the fire was first discovered, Eddie happened to be at the firehall attending to his tonsorial duties. The Fire Department as well as the citizens, turned out quickly at the first call of the siren and rendered every assistance hauling the hose to the fire, which seemed to have its origin in the upper part of the tower. Neither the foxes nor other parts of the ranch suffered any damage.
  • April 11, 1924: Wilfrid Martin, son of Capt. and Mrs, P. Martin of Whitehorse, has recently been awarded the highest distinction of the University of Toronto in athletics - the big T. He has also been honored with the presidency of the boxing, wrestling and fencing club of the University.

  • April 18, 1924: Sixty-one happy lads and dads were at the first Father and Son banquet held in Whitehorse on Saturday evening last. The banquet was arranged under the direction of "The Beavers," an organized class of Sunday School boys approximating ten years of age.
  • April 18, 1924: Until further notice trains will leave Whitehorse Tuesdays and Fridays at 4.30 a.m., and Skagway at 7 a. m. Passengers must be at depots in time to have baggage inspected and checked. Inspection is stopped thirty minutes before leaving time of train. 150 pounds of baggage will be checked free with each full ticket and 75 pounds with each half fare ticket.
  • April 18, 1924: Extensive preparations are being made by the Rt. Rev. I. 0. Stringer, Bishop of Yukon, for complete occupation of the various mission fields during the coming summer months. He, assisted by the Rev. G. L. Moody and the Rev. W. A. Geddes expects to cover the more populated parts of the northern half of the Territory, from Dawson to Herschel Island on the Arctic Coast.

  • April 25, 1924: W. S. Copland, manager of the Taylor & Drury post at Teslin, arrived in town on April 24th. He made the trip by dog train from Teslin to Carcross in four days. The snow was still quite deep at Teslin when he left but the journey was rendered less difficult because of the heavy crust on the snow. In that district the fur business this year was better than that of last. The Yukon-Nasutlin Mining Company, operating on Iron Creek, have a very bright outlook.
  • April 25, 1924: The river opening at Whitehorse this year on April 20th, would indicate that navigation is likely to be a few days earlier than the average date of opening. Lake Laberge remains icebound long after the river is open. To overcome this delay in navigation two or three boats are wintered below the lake. Before the breakup freight is taken by teams and caterpillar over the trail and across the lake, and the boats below the lake are loaded and leave for Dawson as early as possible.
  • April 25, 1924: Dr. A. G. and Mrs. Naismith left for the outside on the last Princess. The doctor came here in August last to relieve Dr. Culbertson, and during his sojourn took an active part in the various activities of the town. He became an enthusiastic curler and a first class dog musher. In fact he was so pleased with his "dogism" that he took two dogs with him, to live at his summer home at Alta Lake.

May

  • May 2, 1924: W.S. Copland, manager of the Taylor & Drury post at Teslin, arrived in town on April 24th. He made the trip by dog train from Teslin to Carcross in four days. The snow was still quite deep at Teslin when he left but the journey was rendered less difficult because of the heavy crust on the snow.
  • May 2, 1924: Dr. R. J. Moore, Dentist, will be at the Donnenworth home in Whitehorse until about May 16. Dr. Mellor, of M. & M. Dentists, is expected about May 11th.
  • May 2, 1924: The fine weather of the past week has been the cause of a number of heavy slides on the line. A diversion in the river channel caused some trouble at the Mud Bluff last week. The current was washing the side of the grade for about ninety feet, making the track unsafe for traffic. For the time being trains will run through the round house so that there will be no interruption of traffic.

  • May 9, 1924: Premier King is reported to have recently said in the house that Canadians have the right to take liquor to Yukon via the Yukon river under the Treaty of Washington. This right had been stated by Canada and not specifically denied by thy United States. Negotiations we then opened on matters including shipments across Alaska. Under the circumstances the government considered it unwise to press the first question further now.
  • May 9, 1924: The City Cafe is being overhauled and re-decorated. When the finishing touches are put on it will be more cosy than ever. In the meantime the business is being carried on in the White Pass cafe.
  • May 9, 1924: For more than a week citizens have been quite active in the cleaning up of yards, lanes and streets. This town has the reputation of always presenting a cleanly appearance, due entirely to the fact that its citizens are a unit upon the question of a clean town.

  • May 16, 1924: A meeting of property owners of the town was held in the fire hall on Wednesday evening of last week to discuss the question of an adequate water supply for fire protection.
  • May 16, 1924: The life, habits and method of extermination of the mosquito were explained at a meeting held for that purpose on Tuesday evening, when the whole town was organized by the formation of groups to put oil in every slough and pot hole in the vicinity of Whitehorse on Thursday evening. Every man in town has shown an eagerness to lend a hand, and a pleasing feature of the undertaking was the willingness with which the boys - the Beavers - responded to the call.
  • May 16, 1924: On Sunday evening Rev. J. A. Shirley told the congregation that at the vestry meeting on Tuesday he had tendered his resignation at the request of Bishop Stringer in order that he might become the rector of St. Paul's, Dawson. Rev. W. H. L. West, of Vancouver, has been appointed to the parish at Whitehorse.

  • May 23, 1924: Arthur H. Young, of Robertson and Young, producers of wild life and scenic motion pictures, with headquarters in San Francisco, who spent last year in southwestern and western Alaska, taking wildlife and scenic pictures, is back this year for the purpose of completing the work. He came to Whitehorse Monday to get some pictures, particularly of the Whitehorse Rapids and Myles Canyon, and it is his intention to pay a more extended visit to the Yukon later in the year.
  • May 23, 1924: world. In the London Fur Sale where eleven hundred and forty silver fox skins were sold the skin of a fox bred and raised on the Whitney Ranch at Whitehorse took the fifth place. This distinction is all the greater because of the fact that only eight skins brought 100 pounds or over. The skin topping the market brought 134 pounds and the Whitney Ranch skin brought 106 pounds at fifth place.
  • May 23, 1924: The golfing season opened at Carcross last week. The links are in better condition than ever and some very keen contests have already taken place. As soon as the beach is sufficiently dry for the placing of the flags Carcross will have two very fair golf courses.

  • May 30, 1924: Whitehorse is a smart little town at the head of Yukon navigation. If not the most it is one of the most cleanly kept towns in Canada. With a little repairing and paint on the part of individual owners it could be made more attractive still. Whitehorse can develop a big tourist business in both winter and summer if its citizens will only measure up to the opportunity. Tennis, golf, hiking, picnicking, fishing shooting could be among the amusements arranged for in summer, and skating, curling, snowshoeing, skeeing, tobogganing and dog mushing would prove splendid attractions for the winter. Thousands of people are Jooking for the very attractions we should have to offer.
  • May 30, 1924: A much needed bridge has been built over the Watson River some two and one-half miles from Carcross. The bridge is seventy-five feet long and consists of three spans. The logs were hauled by Andy Butterfield and the work was done by Mathew Watson, Const, Blatta and Tom Brooks.
  • May 30, 1924: Henry Phillips is an Indian of the Chilkat tribe. He was educated and learned the printing trade in Philadelphia, and is at present employed on the Daily Alaskan in Skagway. Mr. Phillips assisted Major Dick Burde in getting out the first paper printed in Whitehorse some twenty-three years ago, and later worked on The Star with the late A. M. Rousseau. He came over on celebration day and laid an English lily on the grave of his departed friend.

June

  • June 6, 1924: The last section of the dam was opened May 31st. The dam was designed to store water in Marsh Lake, Lake Tagish, and all its branches, and Lake Bennett. By releasing the water early in May it is expected that Lake LeBarge is open earlier permitting steamers to navigate earlier.
  • June 6, 1924: The navigation season opens. The steamer Casca, with the barge A.B. Shay in tow, is the first boat to leave Whitehorse for Dawson on June 2.
  • June 6, 1924: At 8 p.m. on Monday the Steamer Tutshi sailed from Carcross for Taku and Atlin on her first trip out this season. In addition to a few tourists and local Atlin passengers she had on board Mr. and Mrs. Garratt with a full staff for the Atlin Inn. They will soon have everything in readiness for the season's tourist traffic.

  • June 13, 1924: Thousands of visitors will be passing through Whitehorse in the next ten weeks. It is a serious loss to the town and to the Territory that something in the nature of an exhibit should not have been arranged for the purpose of bringing to their attention the mineral resources and mining possibilities of the Southern Yukon; a veritable paradise for the big game hunter; and the splendid conditions and natural advantages in and around Whitehorse for the establishment of an ideal winter resort.
  • June 13, 1924: Edison Marshall, well known writer, author of eleven books, and winner in 1921 of the 0. Henry prize for the best short story, has just returned from a trip into the wilds of the Yukon made under the guidance of the well known big game expert, C. H. Baxter. Mr. Marshall was in search of material for his next novel, the setting of which will be at the head waters of the Mackenzie-Yukon divide. Incidentally Mr. Marshall shot two bears, and he is very enthusiastic about Yukon as a mecca for sportsman.
  • June 13, 1924: Indications are that the campaign to exterminate the mosquito has produced very satisfactory results. Few if any mosquitos have put in an appearance.

  • June 20, 1924: The Packard family is returning to the Yukon for the third time on Sunday. Some will be spending four months in the Nasutlin and Big Salmon country.
  • June 20, 1924: Howard Colley, who went into Mayo from Dawson by the first boat, is very much pleased with the outlook at Mayo, and says prospects are looking better than ever despite the fact that the ore production of last winter is lower than either of the past two seasons. There are two companies at work there, the Juneau-Treadwell people and another controlled by the Guggenheims.
  • June 20, 1924: E. J. Hamacker is arranging to take a photo of the town at midnight on Saturday. The photo will be taken from across the river and any one wishing to go will be taken along if they are at Mr. Hamacker's store promptly at midnight.

  • June 27, 1924: In a front-page display ad, tours of the Whitehorse area by auto are being offered by Frank Harbottle, J. P. Whitney, Fred Gray, Dennis O'Connor, and Oliver Wilson.
  • June 27, 1924: George Stevens, the veteran prospector, was stricken with paralysis on Monday at or near his cabin at Robinson. He was brought to the hospital here on the afternoon train. His left side is completely paralyzed. His daughter in Michigan and a brother in Idaho have been notified.
  • June 27, 1924: Dr. G. A. Wilson, Superintendent of Home Missions of the Presbyterian Church in British Columbia and the Yukon, arrived here Saturday morning on his return trip from Dawson and conducted sevices morning and evening in St. Andrew's Church. The re-opening of St. Andrew's is another evidence of the permanence of the town.

July

  • July 4, 1924: Despite complaints that Whitehorse has no good tourist hotel, at the present time there are three hotels and, if necessary, additional splendid accommodation in private homes.
  • July 4, 1924: A night of gambling, sponsored by the Whitehorse Tourist Committee is being held at the North Star Dance Hall as a fundraiser for the Rapids Pavilion.
  • July 4, 1924: At the Engineer Mines, about 800 feet of a 1200 foot tunnel has been driven and a shaft of 300 feet has been sunk. Good samples of ore have been struck and it is reported that a mill will be installed. At the present time about twenty-five men are employed.

  • July 11, 1924: The first shipment of machinery to be installed at the Engineer Mines has arrived at Skagway. The mining prospects in the Yukon are brighter today than they have been for a considerable time.
  • July 11, 1924: Boxing Bout. A novel event took place at the Curling Rink on Friday evening. Some coming promoters of the manly art arranged a bout between two of the most promising and hopeful young men of the Territory, K. O. Fyfe, the white hope of Yukon, and Battlin' Bun Hillman, champion middleweight of the prairie provinces.
  • July 11, 1924: Robert O'Brien, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was a passenger for Taku Arm yesterday. Mr. O'Brien is just completing a trip around the world. But of all the scenery it was his privilege and pleasure to view he said that there was nothing that appealed to him quite so much as the scenery on The White Pass & Yukon Route from Skagway to Whitehorse.

  • July 18, 1924: The Government road gang, in charge of Antoine Cyr, have made a splendid job of repairing the hill on the Dawson trail. The hill was almost impassable from glacial action undermining the road. The trail will be put in repair as far as Tahkeena. J. E. Peters is busy repairing the Livingstone Creek wagon road.
  • July 18, 1924: The widely known and popular eating place of Yukon - The Whitehorse City Cafe - finds it necessary to increase its seating capacity. For some time during the rush days the management have experienced difficulty in accommodating the crowd, and several sittings were necessary before all were fed.
  • July 18, 1924: The Steamer Thistle returned on Sunday afternoon from a trip up the Pelly and Ross rivers. It left on Thursday afternoon with a cargo for Taylor & Drury at Mayo. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor and family were passengers for Mayo, where they will spend a short vacation.

  • July 25, 1924: John Black has gone from Yukon. He arrived in Whitehorse on the Steamer Dawson Sunday evening and left for the outside by the train on Monday morning. He expects to make his home in Frederickton, N. B. He has been a resident of the Territory for twenty-three years, and twelve years in its service as legal advisor. He was superannuated a short time ago.
  • July 25, 1924: A closed season is hereby declared and established in the Yukon Territory in respect to Marten from the date hereof until November fifteenth, 1927.
  • July 25, 1924: Kluahne and Muggins Dickson, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Dickson of Kluahne, are in town on their way to Dawson, where they will enter St. Paul's Hostel. Mr. W. D. Young, who last week came in from Champagne, will accompany them to Dawson, where he will assist with the work in the Hostel for about two months, when he will go to Selkirk to take charge of the work there.

August

  • August 1, 1924: Otto Partridge of Ben-My-Chree called in at The Star office. The White Pass excursions to Ben-My-Chree have become very popular, and last year over 2,000 people visited.
  • August 1, 1924: There was a splendid turn-out of willing workers at the Pavilion Grounds on Saturday afternoon for a clean-up. The grounds were put in good order and present an attractive parklike appearance. A rustic touch is given by construction of a corduroy trail across the wet spots between the Pavilion and the Rapids, and one of the old cars of the '98 Tramway has been placed near the Pavillion. The history of the Tramway will be framed and posted on the Pavilion.The erection of a kitchen was also completed.
  • August 1, 1924: An evening of high class boxing wili be staged at the North Star Hall at 9 p.m. next Wednesday. The proceeds are in aid of the diving tower at Ear Lake, Hockey Club, Skating Rink and Tennis Club.

  • August 8, 1924: The Pavilion Grounds at Whitehorse Rapids, constructed in June/July of this year, are named Robert Service Camp after our famous bard. A Visitors' Register, which was used at the "Lake Bennett Club" in 1899, has been placed in the main building and visitors are invited to sign their names and addresses. This register contains the signatures of many prominent Yukoners who mushed over the "Trail of '98."
  • August 8, 1924: The second shipment of cattle and hogs to arrive this season for P. Burns & Co., came in on Friday night. The shipment comprised 60 head of cattle and 52 hogs, all being in splendid condition. The cattle are being driven overland to Mayo in charge ot Martin Damer, who accompanied them from Vancouver. Mr. Damer will be assisted by Roderic Thomas, Jim Baker and Jimmy Murray. The hogs will be shipped by boat to Mayo.
  • August 8, 1924: As part of its heavy boosting of tourism, this issue of The Star, as with most others during summer, has many reports from tourists such as "Mrs. Frank Darling and daughter, Bessie, of Vancouver, arrived in town this morning on the Steamer Casca on their return trip from Dawson. They report a delightful trip up and down the river and speak highly of the splendid accommodation and service of The White Pass & Yukon Route."

  • August 15, 1924: The boxing bouts held in the White Star Hallon Wednesday, August 6th, proved a drawing card, one hundred and fifty people being present. Ring side seats were sold out a day ahead. After paying expenses of $16.05, $13.05 was donated to the diving tower at Ear Lake, $6.75 to the hockey club, $15 to the tennis club and $15 to the Robert Service Camp. It was decided to form The Whitehorse Amateur Athletic Association, for the furtherance of all sporting objects.
  • August 15, 1924: Mr. W. V. McGalliard, one of the driving forces of Whitehorse, New Jersey, has been visiting our town with his wife. He was so impressed with its namesake here in the Yukon country that he had enough post cards of our town made to send to each one of the population of his town.
  • August 15, 1924: The Bachelors were the hosts at a jolly party given at the Robert Service Camp on Friday evening. Although not the first this was the largest gathering yet held at the Camp. Through the generosity of the automobile owners, the guests were taken to and from the Camp.

  • August 22, 1924: There are now in captivity on the fox ranches of Yukon several hundred silver, black and cross fox.
  • August 22, 1924: The poem "Bob Smart's Dream" was again published due to popular demand.
  • August 22, 1924: Already up-to-date, the Taylor & Drury steamer Thistle has heen further modernized by the installation of a radio set by H. J. Hutchinson, the engineer, and a few nights ago the party on board had the pleasure of listening to a concert given in the Palace hotel, San Francisco. As far as we know the Thistle is the first boat plying the waters of the Yukon to install a radio.

  • August 29, 1924: W. S. Drury, of the firm of Taylor & Drury, recently returned from an extended trip to the upper Pelly country approximately six hundred miles from Whitehorse. Read the entire article here.
  • August 29, 1924: After an illness of several months, George Jennings, a pioneer resident of Skagway and one of the oldest members of the Skagway Volunteer Fire Department, passed away at the White Pass Hospital on Sunday night.
  • August 29, 1924: Miss Sybil Martin left on Monday for Victoria, where she goes to take her Normal School training in anticipation of entering the teaching profession. This is her first experience away from home and the first time that Capt. and Mrs. Martin have been left alone.

September

  • September 5, 1924: One thousand dollars has been given in prizes by the Yukon Government to the three persons killing the greatest number of wolves and coyotes in the year ending June 30th, 1924. The first prize of $500 went to A. C. Zimmerlee, Russell Creek, who had 36 to his credit.
  • September 5, 1924: George R. Brown, who is so well known in connection with the Road House at Carmacks, is farming on a large seale. He has now about thirty head of cattle and the herd will increase rapidly from now on. Mr. Brown grows all the potato and root crop that he can use or dispose of. He has put up an abundance of hay to carry his stock through the winter.
  • September 5, 1924: For one man to keep a newspaper running smoothly and efficiently is some job. There are so many things requiring attention that something is almost sure to be neglected. During the first few months here most of our time was occupied putting the office in shape. Following this came the tourists, to whom we felt time could be devoted advantageously to the paper, to the town and to the Territory. Now the time for the paying of the bills has come, and we require twenty new subscribers for September.

  • September 12, 1924: Through the persistent efforts of Robert Lowe the Dominion Government are arranging to transfer a number of buffalo from the park at Wainwright, Alberta, to the Yukon. There is every reason to believe that the animals would do well here and in time they should become a strong drawing card. The necessary appropriation for the carrying out of this project was not secured this year so the buffalo will not be brought in before next year.
  • September 12, 1924: R. J. Jones left on the Thistle today to spend at least a year prospecting in the Livingstone Creek section where he will be associated with Percy Sharpe.
  • September 12, 1924: Between seven and eight o'clock Thursday morning fire broke out in the basement of the station. It had gained considerable headway when flames were noticed coming through the basement to the ground floor. Several attempts were made to blow the fire whistle but none of the men about at the time knew how to operate the whistle. Aubrey Simmons called the fire extinguisher into play and what might have been a serious blaze was quickly put out.

  • September 19, 1924: Tantalus Butte Coal Mine is now shut down for the winter. Capt. C. E. Miller, who has been operating the mine, expects to make a trip to St. Paul this winter in company with E. Schink, of Dawson, in the interests of the Five Finger Coal Company, who are the owners of the Tantalus Butte, Tantalus and Five Finger coal mines.
  • September 19, 1924: Alex Fisher is the type of men the Yukon should have. For nearly twenty years he has been prospecting on Sheep Creek. He arrived in town this week to dispose of his gold and buy supplies. So anxious was he to get back that he scarcely would take time to speak to his friends. Some of the nuggets he brought in was the first virgin gold to be seen by the editor of The Star.
  • September 19, 1924: Morley E. Bones, one of the pioneers of the Kluahne country, is spending a few days in town on business. For some time now Mr. Bones has been devoting most of his time to fox ranching and this industry has now grown to such an extent as to require all his time and attention.

  • September 26, 1924: E. E. Tolman of Chicago arrived in town with W. Armstrong, big game guide, and Johnny Johns, packer. They had spent thirty-six days on a hunt down the Nisling River, and Mr. Tolman was highly pleased with the result. He got 2 grizzly bears, 1 sheep and 1 caribou. He saw a number of moose but did care to shoot any.
  • September 26, 1924: Dr. W. E. Cockfield of the Dominion Survey Branch is spending the day in town on his way to the outside from the Mayo district, where his party had been at work most of the summer. He is accompanied by B. B. Brock, 8. Gibson and C. H. Stockwell.
  • September 26, 1924: Capt. and Mrs. Field arrived from Dawson on the Casca this morning and are moving into the house just vacated by Capt. and Mrs. Moorhead. Captain Field will be in charge of the police detachment here. They are accompanied by Captain Field's father.

October

  • October 3, 1924: The liquor store re-opened October 1st after being closed for a few months due to a lack of supply. Pending the ratification of the treaty making provision for the bringing in of liquor through American Territory a supply has been admitted with the permission of the American authorities for medicinal purposes. In other provinces some members of the medical profession have left themselves open to much adverse criticism because of the liberality with which they issued prescriptions, and because of the fortunes some of them accumulated in this way. Whitehorse will not be a target for criticism of this kind.
  • October 3, 1924: On Thursday evening of last week many of the townspeople met in the I. 0. D. E. Hall for the combined purpose of extending a welcome to Rev. W. H. L. and Mrs. West and bidding farewell to Rev. and Mrs. Shirley, who were leaving the following evening for their new home in Dawson.
  • October 3, 1924: s of September 16th, liquor may only be sold under and by virtue of a prescription signed by a Medical Practitioner duly registered under the provisions of "The Yukon Medical Ordinance."

  • October 10, 1924: Two Indians, Sam Smith and Big Lake Jim, have discovered gold at the north end of Little Atlin Lake. From the meagre details received the situation appears very promising. The Indians had been down about six feet but not to bed rock. The ground is shallow. Most of the men from Carcross are on their way in to stake.
  • October 10, 1924: The Great Northern Film Company have recently secured contracts for six additional Northern pictures, making in all eleven pictures instead of five as mentioned in our last issue. The value of the publicity to this country in the release of these pictures cannot be estimated. George E. Lewis, President of the company, with well known artists, have been in the north all summer and are at Carcross again this week in connection with the filming of "The Eternal Frontier."
  • October 10, 1924: The radio fans in Whitehorse are increasing. The latest addition is E. H. Johnson, who installed a set this week. Whitehorse has now four radio sets: Judge Bell, Lyle Geary, E. H. Johnson, and the set of Capt. Moorhead, which is still here. With these sets in operation the town should be kept well informed upon the happenings outside during the winter months.

  • October 17, 1924: A very large herd of caribou that has been working its way south for some time is now within twenty miles of town. Several of our townspeople have been going out in cars to see them.
  • October 17, 1924: Cam Smith likes thrills and is usually looking for them, but not the kind he got on Saturday night last. With Capt. Coghlan he had taken the mail down the river on the launch Loon. Coming back the Steamer Dawson had the Loon in tow. Rough water was encountered crossing Lake Laberge, and near midnight to Loon broke loose with Cam on board. A life boat was lowered and Cam, now well coated with ice and seated atop the launch, was rescued. The Loon will require some repairs.
  • October 17, 1924: The closing of river navigation brought so many people to town that the hotels had a task to provide sleeping accommodation. The Regina and Commercial were taxed to capacity but arrangements were quickly made to take care of the overflow in private homes.

  • October 24, 1924: Whitehorse has been forging right to the front this year. In practically all lines business is showing a decided increase. The town has taken on smarter appearance and this is only the beginning for the finishing touches will go on next year. More improvements have been made to buildings this year than for several years past. The school enrollment is the largest in years. The spirit of optimism among the people of the town was never so much in evidence. And rumor has it that the town, already lively, is to be livelier still by the organization of a town band. The instruments are here; several old players are here, and the boys say that J.P. Whitney is the one man who can put the thing over.

  • October 31, 1924: J. E. Geary, J. R. Alguire and Lyle Geary went down the river in a boat last week to get some caribou but they did not even see any. They returned home on the Thistle.
  • October 31, 1924: The editor of The Star expects to be leaving for Vancouver about the middle of December. The paper will appear every week but the issues for December 19th and 26th will be in print not later than December 12th.
  • October 31, 1924: In spite of the fact that the copper mines have been closed for some time business conditions in Whitehorse have remained remarkably good. Business men here as elsewhere are awakening to the value of the tourist trade and a more united effort is being made to cultivate it. Properly handled the town has a bright future even if the copper mines were never operated again.
  • October 31, 1924: There was a good attendance at the fire meeting on Wednesday evening. The report of the chief showed that the town had but three fires in the last two years, and that the fire fighting equipment was in splendid condition. George Ryder was the unanimous choice of the meeting for the position of fire chief for the next two years.

November

  • November 7, 1924: George E. Lewis, of the Great Northern Film Company, spent part of the week here looking over locations for prospective pictures and becoming acquainted with the business men of the town. Mr. Lewis finds conditions here very favorable and will return with his company early in the spring to do considerable work in and around Whitehorse.
  • November 7, 1924: Howard E. Davis, mining engineer, spent several days here making ing preliminary examinations for its new owners of the Pueblo and Carlisle mines for the purpose of making recommendations as to how these properties could be profitably operated.
  • November 7, 1924: As intimated in the colums of The Star a few weeks ago Dr. Culbertson has added to the hospital equipment a wheel chair. It arrived last week and was immediately put into use.

  • November 14, 1924: W. H. Simpson returned Tuesday evening from the Engineer Mines, where he had been in charge of building construction. The buildings immediately necessary are now well on their way to completion. Although not finished the two-storey bunk house, 24x48 feet, is already occupied. It has fifteen rooms, each to accommodate two men, and is fully equipped with plumbing, baths and shower baths. The crew has been cut down for the winter months but there are still fifty men at work.
  • November 14, 1924: The train made a trip south yesterday morning to bring Superintendent Hahn and his men, who have been working on the Dam, back to town.
  • November 14, 1924: Alex Forrest, for twenty-five years in the Customs service at Dawson, is in town this week on his way to his fruit ranch at Penticton, B. C., where he will make his home. Mr. Forrest has just been superannuated.

  • November 21, 1924: O. F. Kastner last week unloaded a new Holtz Caterpillar for his stage line. This will make a strong addition to Mr. Kastner's already splendid equipment.
  • November 21, 1924: Mining operations have been concluded on McKee Creek at Atlin for this season, and Mr. and Mrs. George Adams have taken up their residence in town for the winter, as have also the other members of the company. A record for late hydraulicing was set, finishing up on November 5th, whereas in past years the latest date was October 23rd.
  • November 21, 1924: A good foundation has been laid for the ice on the curling rink, and all we need now is a little attention from the weather man. The Curling Club has. suffered some inconvenience and delay because of the mild weather of the past two years, and the difficulty may yet have to be met by resorting to artificial ice.

  • November 28, 1924: Weather permitting, the Annual Bonspiel will open on Monday evening next with five events under the President-Vice-President Competition. The big event will be for the Culbertson Cup, donated to the club by Dr. Culbertson.
  • November 28, 1924: Bishop and Mrs. Stringer were visitors in Whitehorse this week, arriving from Carcross on Tuesday evening. They have just returned from the east where the Bishop attended a meeting of the General Synod in London, Ontario. Before going east they visited the Eskimos of the Arctic Coast, and an online of this journey will appear in a later issue of this paper.
  • November 28, 1924: The task of running a one-man printing office got away beyond the interesting stage this month. Work came in that had to be done and it has been done. The Star has not appeared with its usual promptness but we have made the four issues for the month. Our customary local items had to go by the hoard this week because we could not get away from the office. We had to neglect our duties to the Curling Club on account of business which is a grave breach of curling etiquette, and to make the best of a difficult situation The Star this week is pretty much a Curling Special.

December

  • December 5, 1924: About 25 miles from Carcross at the head of Marsh Lake, renowned for its fishing and duck hunting, is to be found the home of one of Yukon's new industries - the Tagish Fur Ranch, whose owner is Alfred Dickson. Although a few foxes are raised its specialty is mink raising.
  • December 5, 1924: The Bishop of Yukon and Mrs. Stringer started from Dawson on the Fifth day of June on a visitation through the Northern end of the Diocese. They left Dawson on the "Hazel B," a motor launch, and travelled four hundred miles down the Yukon River to Fort Yukon. Read the entire article here.
  • December 5, 1924: That Whitehorse Fox Ranches have some of the finest animals in the world was amply demonstrated this week when Eddie Marcotte brought in four choice skins from his ranch across the river. In spite of the recent drop of 30 per cent on the London market Messrs Taylor & Drury Limited purchased the four skins, paying well over four figures for three of them.

  • December 12, 1924: In the Moose Hall on New Year's Eve a Bungalow card party and dance will be given. Doors open at 5 p.m. At midnight the popular balloon dance will be given. Prize for the best bungalow dress. Admission - Gentlemen $1.00 and ladies 50 cents.
  • December 12, 1924: The contest for the Hudson's Bay Cup opened at the curling rink on Monday night. Keen interest is being shown in the competition. If the weather continues favorable it will be down to the finals on Thursday night.
  • December 12, 1924: For over a month The Star has been very busy with job printing. We have not been able to caary things out as we would like, but the very best possible under the circumstances has been done. The editor expects to leave on the morning of the 16th for Vancouver, to return by the first train in the New Year. In an effort to increase the business of the office the editor will endeavor to visit Mayo and Keno early in the year as the trip would be out of the question during the busy summer season.

  • December 19, 1924: A condition existed in the closing of the river this year not witnessed or heard of before by the people now residing here. The river closed on December 7th, but owing to the mild weather, broke open again on the 8th. The ice jammed opposite the stockyards below the town and the water rose rapidly, flooding part of the lower portion of the town.
  • December 19, 1924: A list of the individuals and families spending Christmas away from Whitehorse is published. Among the many destinations are Vancouver, Victoria, Washington, Oregon, California, Maine, Europe, and Carcross.
  • December 19, 1924: When the vice-regal party visited Whitehorse, Lady Byng was presented with a beautiful necklace of ivory beads made in the modern little factory here now owned by Mr. Jack Elliott. The ivory used from the genus of extinct elephants called mastodon

  • December 26, 1924: A list of several stores and what they offer for Christmas is published. Included are Taylor & Drury (dry goods and clothing), The Arctic Trading Company ("good eats"), W. A. Puckett (gifts), P. Burns & Co. (meats), and H. G. MacPherson (gifts).
  • December 26, 1924: A large photo of The Old Log Church in the summer of 1924 was published. This was a period when the possibility of tearing it down was being discussed.
  • December 26, 1924: White Pass & Yukon Route trains are running both north and south on Tuesdays and Fridays. The southbound train leaves Whitehorse at 8:30 a.m. and arrives at Skagway at 3:35 p.m.

1925

January

  • January 9, 1925: George Ball, the mail caarier from Telegraph Creek to Atlin, arrived at Atlin with the Christmas mail on December 24th, making the distance of 225 miles miles by dog train in seven days.
  • January 9, 1925: Messrs Bob Roxborough, Al. Toots, Fred Johnston, Thomas Duff and Lyman Hodges have been engaged in slashing a winter trail from Taku to the Engineer Mine, a distance of twenty-five miles. They were able to complete the work in time to get home for Christmas.
  • January 9, 1925: An Indian boy named They-Det-Tull was chased hy fourteen large timber wolves while going over his trap line twenty miles west of Carmacks.

  • January 16, 1925: The Wann River Power Plant is running in good form and at night the buildings are all illuminated, giving the place the appearance of a small sized city. Five men are stationed at Wann River with W. Roxborough, of Atlin, in charge.
  • January 16, 1925: A kitchen shower was given in honor of Miss J. B. Milne at the home of Mrs. Al. Stewart on Thursday evening last. Thirty-four ladies were present. The evening was spent in needlework, music and games.
  • January 16, 1925: Among the offerings at W. A. Puckett's store: a set of 6 fruit knives for $9.00, Pyrex tea pots for $3.00, and 17-jewel Waltham watches with 25-year cases for $35.00.

  • January 23, 1925: In Vancouver, a number of prominent business men have met for the purpose of organizing the big game hunting resources of Western Canada. A large amount of capital is available for the purpose of establishing hunting lodges at some of the most suitable places in the west, and the founders of the movement have Yukon in mind as one of the first places to establish a hunting lodge.
  • January 23, 1925: The weather report shows all stations clear and calm, with Hootalinqua at 60 below, Selkirk 68 below, Dawson 60 below and Whitehorse 46 below.
  • January 23, 1925: The work being carried on at Keno by small operators is away in excess of last year. Pickering and Britton have done remarkably well. The Yukon-Treadwell mill is running and will be quite a boon to the camp. Mr. Wernecke will buy the ore from the small operators which will be of great assistance to them.

  • January 30, 1925: Atlin has its first radio. The 5-tube Neutrodyne set was installed at the Kootenay Hotel by Will Roxborough.
  • January 30, 1925: The storm and snow on the Summit has brought about the temporary suspension of the train service between here and Skagway and the horse drawn stage service between Yukon Crossing and Dawson was suspended by order of the police authorities until such time as the weather moderates sufficiently to make it safe for the horses to travel.
  • January 30, 1925: Enquiries are being made as to the best way of reaching the Dease Lake Country. The Star correspondent is advised that during the winter travelling is by far the safer via Carcross and Atlin to Telegraph Creek than via Wrangell and up the Stickine River.

February

  • February 6, 1925: first edition with the title "The Whitehorse Star".

    The Whitehorse Star, February 6, 1925

  • February 6, 1925: After a year of uncertainty, it is announced that the Old Log Church will not be torn down. Bishop Bompas frequently preached at the church and Robert Service was a member and official of the church.

March

  • March 27, 1925: Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Williams take over the management of the Commercial Hotel.

July

  • July 17, 1925: "The midnight trips to Llewellyn Glacier being conducted by Paul Eggert, of Atlin, with the Launch 'Atlinto,' are proving very popular with the tourists. Two or three trips are made each week, and the marvellous colorings seen from the Glacier at sunrise are beyond description."

August

  • August 7, 1925: The Knight Templars of Pittsburg, the largest uniformed Commandery in the world, visit Whitehorse August 5.

  • August 28, 1925: In a plebiscite on August 24, Southern Yukon communities vote in favour of abolishing liquor and bars and saloons with liquor licenses.

October

  • October 30, 1925: George Black wins the election for the Yukon M.P. , defeating Robert Lowe.
  • October 30, 1925: On October 27, W.L. Phelps is elected to the Yukon Council by acclamation, suceeding Robert Lowe.

December

  • December 18, 1925: Percy Reid, former Chief Controller of Chinese Immigration and Division Commissioner of the Pacific Coast, is appointed gold commissioner on December 12.

1926

January

  • January 1, 1926: In 1924, J. D. Skinner was told to not waste his time trying to re-establish The Whitehorse Star, but he is very glad that he did.
  • January 1, 1926: December 1925 gave Yukon the best December weather within the memory of its oldest residents. Only once during the month did thermometer register below zero and then only 12 degrees. The following day it was 40 above.
  • January 1, 1926: Jim Breaden and Tom Davis have made another record trip with the caterpillar tractor from Pelly Crossing to Little River. They left Pelly at 3 a.m. on Saturday last with the mail and three passengers, and they reached Little River at 2 p.m. on Monday.

May

  • May 28, 1926: When the steamer Casca arrived in Whitehorse May 27 with a barge load of gasoline tanks, a record was made for the early landing of freight from down the river points. The earliest date in previous had been June 1st.

September

  • September 17, 1926: George Black wins the election for Yukon M.P., defeating Liberal Frederick Congdon. A petition is filed in Dawson on November 25, protesting the election of George Black. No reasons are given.

  • September 24, 1926: Work on the Whitehorse Copper properties is to be resumed under the management of the Richmond Consolidated Mining Company, as the result of satisfying diamon drilling operations.

October

  • October 15, 1926: On October 13, the steamer Dawson runs on the rocks at Rink Rapids and sinks.

1927

January

  • January 7, 1927: Pioneer Kluane miner and big game guide William "Billie" Armstrong died in the Whitehorse hospital this morning at the age of about 58.
  • January 7, 1927: Arthur Nordham and mine manger Tom Kerruish very nearly lost their lives to asphyxiation at the Carlisle mine on Saturday evening when they went underground too soon after a blast.
  • January 7, 1927: Ed. "Rastus" Foreman died recently in Seattle. He came to Skagway in 1897, and with Mr. Dedman started the Golden North Hotel.

February

  • February 26, 1927: Captain Randolph Innes-Taylor, father of Alan Innes-Taylor and former publisher of a sports paper in Toronto, died in New Orleans on February 23rd.

May

  • May 6, 1927: Representative of the Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer Picture Corporation visit Whitehorse for the filming of a movie about the Trail of '98.

  • May 18, 1927: The Yukon Airways and Exploration Company Ltd. is incorporated as a private company. The company is based at Whitehorse and serves all parts of the Yukon. J.F. Finnegan is president, Clyde G. Wann vice-president, A.D. Cruikshank general manager, and C.A.K. Innes-Taylor advisory director. The company introduces commercial flying into the Yukon. In October 1927, the first plane, the Queen of the Yukon, is brought in.

  • May 27, 1927: Arrangements are made for the introduction of General Motors' lines into the Yukon. Taylor and Drury Ltd. will be the representatives for Southern Yukon and the Mayo-Keno district.
  • May 27, 1927: The first boat of the season to leave Whitehorse is the steamer Casca on May 23.

July

  • July 27, 1927: Diamond drilling discloses new rich ore bodied at the Pueblo mine.

August

  • August 5, 1927: The exemption from the payment of royalty on the content of silver-lead ores shipped from the Yukon Territory is extended for one year.

November

  • November 11, 1927: Bishop Stringer visits Whitehorse and gives a report about his missionary work in the Arctic, in particular on Herschel Island.

  • November 18, 1927: Percy Reid, Yukon gold commissioner, died in Toronto November 14.

1928

January

  • January 6, 1928: The repairs for the Yukon Airways and Exploration Company monoplane Queen of the Yukon arrived Wednesday evening, and Clyde G. Wann was at once on the job making necessary arrangements to leave by the first stage for Summit roadhouse, near which point the Queen a few weeks ago made a forced landing on a lake.
  • January 6, 1928: On Christmas Eve the Chooutla Indian Residential School went in a body to Carcross and sang Christmas Carols all through the village.

February

  • February 17, 1928: A group of American financiers are working out a scheme to link the United States and Alaska by rail as steel is laid from Chicago to the Peace River district. The plan is to cover the construction of a line from the Peace River district to Alaska. The proposed line would link Dawson and Whitehorse in Canada, and Juneau and other points in Alaska directly with the rest of Canada and the United States.

March

  • March 30, 1928: Work on a new hotel to be called the Whitehorse Inn has begun.
  • March 30, 1928: P. J. F. Ransom arrived in town Saturday en route to Mayo where he and assistant G. G. Service will open a branch of the Bank of Montreal.

April

  • April 6, 1928: George I. Maclean is appointed Gold Commissioner for the Yukon on April 3.

  • April 13, 1928: Carcross and Atlin have the first visit from an airplane as on April 2, the Queen of the Yukon flies in. A month later, the Queen of the Yukon is badly damaged in bad weather.

June

  • June 1, 1928: On May 28 the steamer Aksala takes the largest single barge load of ore ever taken from Whitehorse. On the barge are 481 tons and on the boat 170 tons.

  • June 8, 1928: The Richmond-Yukon Copper Ltd. discontinues drilling operations on their Whitehorse copper properties as the ore bodied are not large enough.

July

  • July 20, 1928: Dr. Culbertson died on July 12.

August

  • August 10, 1928: Fred McLennan, former store owner in Whitehorse, died in Vancouver.

  • August 24, 1928: Bobby Kane discovers the largest nugget yet taken from Squaw Creek. The nugget has a value of $134.

September

  • September 7, 1928: Thomas Fuller died on September 6.

  • September 14, 1928: Wernecke's Fairchild first plane takes off from Carcross for Mayo.

  • September 28, 1928: Greenfield & Pickering get the permission of the Post Office Department to carry the mail by plane during the winter season. The Treadwell-Yukon Fairchild monoplane and the Moth are used for the service.

October

  • October 12, 1928: Clyde Wann's mother died at Camas, Washington.

November

  • November 2, 1928: After being closed down for years work resumes on the Venus Extension mining property at Windy Arm.
  • November 2, 1928: C.A.K. Innes-Taylor gets married in Victoria on October 19.

December

  • December 14, 1928: The third plane, the Northern Light, is in service in the Yukon.

1929

January

  • January 9, 1929: Tex Rickard died at Miami Beach on January 6th from an infection following an operation for appendicitis.

February

  • February 15, 1929: Fundraising starts for the necessary enlargement and improvement of the Whitehorse aviation field.

March

  • March 8, 1929: Charles Stewart, Minister of the Interior, announces that ample land, including the present aviation field, is set aside for aviation purposes.

  • March 29, 1929: The first cow in the history of Whitehorse is kept within the city limits.

April

  • April 5, 1929: A fire destroys the Liquor Store and adjacent buildings.

  • April 19, 1929: Clifford Sifton, for years an outstanding figure in Canadian political and business life, died at Roosevelt hospital in New York on April 17. He came here from his winter home in Florida to consult a heart specialist.

May

  • May 3, 1929: The first public demonstration of transmission of the human voice between an aircraft and the ground was conducted in New Jersey on May 1st.
  • May 3, 1929: Atlin pioneer Julius M. Ruffner died recently at Monmouth, Illinois.
  • May 3, 1929: Fred Vey is across Atlin Lake overhauling the Tarahne engines. Bob. Todd is overhauling the heating plant of the Atlin Inn. The town folk will soon have that long overdue bath.

  • May 31, 1929: The first definite move at to establish the International Highway between Seattle and Fairbanks via Hazelton, Atlin, Carcross, Whitehorse, Kluane and Dawson has been made at a public meeting in Dawson with the formation of the International Association of Yukon.
  • May 31, 1929: James Hogg came down alone in a small boat from Marsh Lake on Wednesday afternoon, successfully negotiating both Miles Canyon and Whitehorse Rapids. He is the first one in years to run the canyon.
  • May 31, 1929: The steamer Tutshi left Carcross on her first trip of the season on Monday evening.
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