August 12, 2010

Soapy Smith $1,000 receipt (Skagway 1897), artifact #20.

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Receipt for $1,000

Artifact #20 is a receipt for $1,000 that Soapy sent to Mary, his wife, from Skagway (spelled Skaguay back then) August 28, 1897. Using an inflation calculator $1,000 is the equivalent of $31,118.38. That's a nice chunk of change considering Skagway was only 1 months old.

Thanks to Marlene McCluskey of the Skagway Historical Society blog and her wonderful huge list of names in Skagway I was able to identify "J. J. Carroll" whose name appears on the bottom right corner of the receipt. John J. Carroll was the purser of the steamer Humbolt which makes perfect sense.

Artifact #20: page 436

NOTE: Artifact #20 accompanies artifact #21.


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