Fonds yuk-787 - Olaf Skye fonds

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Olaf Skye fonds

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yuk yuk-787

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  • Copied before 1988 (originally created 1901, [ca.1940]) (Creation)
    Skye, Olaf

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15 pgs. of textual records

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Olaf Skye and five men left Scandinavia, Wisconsin February 7, 1898, to participate in the Klondike Gold Rush. The group acquired their supplies in Seattle, travelled up the coast by boat, climbed the Chilkoot Trail and travelled down the Yukon River. Mr. Skye sank a mining shaft on Upper Selwyn Creek, about 35 miles below Fort Selkirk. After a winter spent cutting wood and trapping and suffering from the effects of scurvy he left in the fall of 1900. He caught a sternwheeler to Whitehorse and then travelled by a White Pass and Yukon Route (WP&YR) train to Skagway, Alaska. Olaf Skye married Mathilda Thorson in November 1900.

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The fonds was donated by Olaf Skye's granddaughter, Ann (nee Stromberg) Church.

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The fonds consists of a copy of the memoirs of stampeder Olaf Skye, as told to his daughter. The manuscript is entitled "Along the Trail of '98" and is an account of Skye's journey to the Klondike Gold Fields in the Yukon, and his experiences once he arrived. Skye provides details about his journey, the other members of his party, their outfit, and the daily experiences and hardships they encountered. His narrative includes descriptions of the North West Mounted Police (NWMP), mail service, Dawson City, and concludes with Skye's departure from the Klondike in 1900. Also included is a letter written to Skye in 1901 from a former Klondike partner, P.N. Egeland of Grand Forks, Yukon. An after note and a few editorial comments have been added by Olaf Skye's daughter.

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