April 3, 2012

Dr. Samuel D. Cameron: Skagway, Alaska

f all the blogs I watch the Skagway Historical Society is up there in my top three! Marlene McCluskey is a wonderful historian and I love working with her on projects. Her goal of listing literally everyone who has gone through Skagway, Alaska is a tremendous task, and it's one she has very successfully chipped away at for years. She deserves all the credit for finding peoples names and histories that no one else has done thus far. I am grateful as are all historians who deal with Skagway's history.

On April 2nd she introduced the name and history of the young unknown doctor posing in both Soapy Smith autopsy photographs with Dr. Whiting, Dr. Cornelius, and Rev. Sinclair. Ladies and gentlemen I give you

Dr. Samuel D. Cameron

Dr. S. D. Cameron was famous for attending the autopsy on Soapy here in 1898. He was fairly young at the time, 24, having come from Ontario where he was born in 1874. He came from a big Scottish family, his parents were from Scotland. He worked at Log Cabin in 1901. After the Skagway bank robbery in 1902, he examined the body of the dead bank robber and chaired the coroners inquest here. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1902 and applied for his physicians license in Washington state also in that year.

In 1917 he married Laura Bouillard in Yakima, she was 26 then and Dr. Cameron was 43. He died on August 19, 1922 in Yakima and is buried there.

In the picture above, I believe that the young bloke to the far right is Dr. Samuel D. Cameron.

Howard Clifford p 142; yukon genealogy; 1920 Yakima census; Washington marriage, licensing, emigration and census records. 

Courtesy of Skagway Historical Society

1882: Robert Ford kills outlaw Jesse James with a bullet to the back of the head.
1898: Sheep Camp (Alaska) avalanche kills approximately 70.


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