A. Harmon Drowned in Otter Lake, Alaska:
May 17, 1899
The article below appeared in The Daily Alaskan (Skagway) on Wednesday morning, May 24, 1899.
Word was received yesterday by Mr. Frank, of Frank's grocery, that A. Harmon,
who left here with his son for the Atlin country last Wednesday, had been drowned while
trying to cross Otter lake.
Mr. Harmon had interests in the Atlin district and came out a week ago last
Friday to obtain supplies and also to take in his son, who was then in Skagway. He purchased
a stock of goods and accompanied by his son left for Atlin City Wednesday, May 17. When he
arrived at Otter lake the ice was found to be very soft and so he decided to wait until night
hoping for the ice to freeze harder.
He camped at the side of the lake and while his son was preparing supper went
out to try the ice. He was very deaf and could not hear the ice crack, and he advanced so far
that when the ice let him through he was too far out to be rescued.
His body will probably not be recovered until the ice goes out.
He came to this country from Chicago last summer, and had some very good
claims in the Atlin country.
He was a man of about fifty years of age and leaves a wife and son in Atlin
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