Fonds yuk-697 - Scharschmidt fonds

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Scharschmidt fonds

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yuk yuk-697

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  • Copied 1974 (originally created 1898-1907) (Creation)
    Scharschmidt, Percy Fremlin, 1868-1932

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21 photographs : 18 copy negs., 2 b&w prints, 1 b&w neg

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Percy F. Scharschmidt was born in Kent, England in 1868 and died in Vancouver in 1932. He obtained a medical degree from Toronto University in 1887 and then travelled west, settling in Nanaimo (on Vancouver Island) where he practiced medicine until 1892. That year he gave up medical work and engaged in mining and other activities in various parts of the province, venturing up to the Yukon in 1897. In 1899 he established the "Bennett Sun" at Bennett and later journeyed to Whitehorse to start the "Northern Star", the forerunner of the "Whitehorse Star". He sold the newspaper in 1900 and became involved with mining and transportation in the North. For many years he was employed by the White Pass & Yukon Route (WP&YR) and retired in 1911 as superintendent of their River Division. Upon returning from military service overseas, where he obtained the rank of major, he settled in Vancouver where he engaged in general brokerage work. He died in Vancouver in 1932.

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Loaned for copying by H.B. Scharschmidt in 1974. (He was the son of P. F. Scharschmidt).

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The fonds consists of photographs taken by several amateur and professional photographers including E. J. Hamacher, Goetzman and J. Doody. The majority of the photographs were taken around 1898-1902 and 1905-1907. The fonds covers a number of geographic locations and topics in the Yukon and Alaska. Images include Bennett, Carcross, Chilkoot Pass, Klondike City, Lake Laberge mail delivery, the Stage line, sternwheelers and various scenes in Whitehorse including agriculture, street scenes, automobiles, fires and shipyards, White Pass and Yukon Route (WP&YR) railway bridge and station, and a St. Andrew's Day Banquet at the Windsor Hotel.

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Inventory of the photographs (82/304) is available (Inventory #36)

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