June 7, 2009

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Member Shellie sent in another great link, Juneau GenWeb Project over at Ancestry.com. She pointed out to me "Ships Comings and Goings," which has a mention of the steamer Utopia that plays a substantial part in the Alaska history of Soapy Smith. The link has some great resources for Alaskan history that are worth taking the time to browse.

Here are some interesting excerpts I found there, coming from the pages of the Alaska Searchlight.

December 17, 1894 - The steamer Mexico arrives, Frank Clancy is a passenger. In the same issue.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Coon are now engaged in the saloon business in Seattle having purchased a finely fitted up establishment from Mr. Frank Clancey. The location of Mr. Coon's saloon is on Washington street, between Third and Fourth street.

ou might recall that on June 3, 2009 I posted some 1897 film footage of the steamer Queen loading and departing Seattle, Washington for the Klondike. This link Shellie sent me has the arrival of the Queen in Juneau, Alaska seven days later.

August 14, 1897 - The steamer Queen came into parrot Tuesday evening with 300 tourists on board and seventy-one miners and others bound for Skaguay and Dyea. The cabin passengers were: B. M. Garside, B. Hall, J. A. Pearce, D. M. Wasson, Miss C. B. Atkinson, Allan R. Jay, E. J. Rosen, Geo. H. Sewell, John Richards, Alex Dunn, H. J. Coates, E. Rice, A. G. Schuatz, Jas. Allmash, John McIllree, George Service and fifty-five second class. The steamer was delayed at this port on account of a strike among the longshoremen who demanded fifty cents an hour for their services. The Queen sailed for Skaguay Wednesday evening.

In that same issue. The steamer Alki arrived with an “F. Clancey” on boarded bound for Skagway. This is most likely our Frank Clancy again

Here is the excerpt Shellie knew I would enjoy seeing.

August 21, 1897 - The steamer Utopia, Captain O'Brien, came into this port Thursday on its way to Skaguay. There were about 100 Yukoners on board and a full cargo of freight and livestock.

The facts and previously unpublished information regarding Soapy Smith’s association with Captain O’Brien and how Soapy very well may have saved his life, are reconstructed in detail in my book, Alias Soapy Smith, The Life and Death of a Scoundrel.

One last excerpt from the August 21, 1897 Alaska Searchlight I wanted to share with you.

Notes from Skaguay - Quite a number of mama-boys have lost their grip and are selling their outfits at a sacrifice.

Thank you Shellie!

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