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Acheson, William

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William Acheson was one of the Acheson family who mined in Atlin. His parents were born in Grand Forks in 1902, and William and his brother Jack were born in Alaska. They mined on Pine Creek in 1936, for a few years before selling out to Carl Beal of Northern Resources. The family then joined with Ernest Patty and General McRae to form Spruce Creek Placers, which operated until 1947. Jack re-opened Spruce Creek after the war with his partner Maynard Wilson. William was later with Associated Construction and Management Co., San Francisco, California, and was married to Wilma Acheson.

Adami, Mary

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Mary and Oscar Adami arrived at Fort Selkirk in the spring of 1937. They purchased a trapline on the Macmillan River from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and lived in the area for several years. Their daughter Annabelle was born May 15, 1939. The Adamis later moved to British Columbia. Mary was living in Powell River in 1987.

Adams & Larkin

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Adams & Larkin were photographers operating out of Dawson City in the early 20th century. Their earliest photographs appear to be dated 1901-1902.

Adney, Tappan, 1868-1950

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Tappan Adney was born in Athens, Ohio in 1868. He spent 16 months in the Yukon in 1897 as a correspondent for Harper's Illustrated Weekly and The Graphic. He also took photographs during his stay in the Klondike. He brought his writing and photographs together in a book "The Klondike Stampede" which was originally published in 1900 by Harper & Bros. Adney returned to the north to cover the Nome gold rush in 1900. He later moved to Woodstock, New Brunswick, where he died in 1950.

Aho, Aaro, 1925-1977

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Dr. Aaro E. Aho was a prominent geological engineer and mining executive who explored the Yukon for mineral deposits from 1944 to 1960. He was born in Ladysmith, B.C. on June 25, 1925. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1949 and received his Ph D from the University of California at Berkeley in 1954. He was the exploration manager for White Pass and Yukon Corporation and later began an independent consulting business. In 1964, Aho formed Dynasty Explorations and headed the exploration team that discovered the large Anvil lead-zinc mine in Faro, Yukon in 1965. He discovered many other large mineral deposits in the Yukon and other parts of the world, including the Sierra Gorda copper-molybdenum deposit in northern Chile. Aaro Aho's wife's name was Sylvia. He died in a farming accident in Ladysmith, B.C. on May 27, 1977.

Aitken family

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The Aitken family travelled from Fredericton, New Brunswick to the Yukon during the Gold Rush era.

Alaska Commercial Company

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In 1776, under the flag of Czarist Russia, Gregor Shelikof and Ivan Golikof formed a trading company in the Alaskan territory that was under Russian rule. In 1799 they received trading privileges on the western coast of the U.S. and became the Russian-American Company. After the 1867 purchase of Alaska by the United States, the firm of Hutchison, Kohl and Company, including Hayward Hutchison, William Kohl and Louis Sloss bought the Russian-American Company. In 1868, Sloss, Lewis Gerstle and A. Wasserman bought the company, although Hutchison, Kohl and Company were operating simultaneously under the same ownership until 1872 when the new company paid off the purchase. This new company, formed in 1868 was the Alaska Commercial Company. In the 1901 merger with the International Mercantile Marine Company and Alaska Goldfields, Ltd., two new companies: the Northern Navigation Company and the Northern Commercial Company. The original owners of the Alaska Commercial Company carried on under the Northern Commercial Company. W.J. Erskine bought some of the old Alaska commercial Company boats ca. 1902 and set up a small successor to the Company in certain areas of Alaska. The Northern Commercial Company was still active in the 1970s, with its executive offices in Seattle, Washington. Volney Richmond Jr., son of long-time supervisor and owner, Volney Richmond, was the president of the Northern Commercial Company. Function: In the 1868 articles of incorporation, the stated purposes of the Alaska Commercial Company were "... to buy, sell, rent and lease real estate... to erect buildings... to buy, sell, exchange... merchandise, stocks, bonds, franchises... to build tramways and roads... to catch and pack fish... to manufacture..." The Company established stations in Alaska at Nome, Kodiak, Sunrise, Eagle City, Circle City, St. Michael, Unga, Unalaska and elsewhere, and in Dawson City, as well as other Canadian stations.

Alaska Highway Pipeline Inquiry

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The Alaska Highway Pipeline Inquiry (also referred to as the Lysyk Inquiry) in 1977 was chaired by Ken Lysyk, Dean of Law at the University of British Columbia from 1976 to 1982. The inquiry investigated the potential effects of a proposed pipeline from Alaska through the southern Yukon. Existing social and economic conditions and their present trends in the Yukon, and the potential impacts that may be expected from a pipeline, were examined.

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