November 26, 2017

George Brackett's Cutter and Frank Clancy's hack.

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rackett’s Cutter and Clancy's Hack
Seattle Daily Times
April 2, 1898


1898 Gaff Cutter
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A cutter is one of several types of sailboats, typically a small, but in some cases a medium-sized, watercraft designed for speed rather than for capacity. Traditionally a cutter sailing vessel is a small single-masted boat, fore-and-aft rigged, with two or more headsails and often a bowsprit.

Various 19th century hacks
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The Hack or Passenger Wagon was the coach builder's smaller, less-embellished version of the late nineteenth-century public transportation vehicles used for short distance travel in rural areas.

Frank Clancy and his brother John were partners in the saloon business with "Soapy" Smith in Skagway. George Brackett owned the Brackett Wagon Road. So, without further explanation enjoy the following transposition of the above newspaper clipping.




The First Road Conveyance to Appear at Skagway.


     Frank Clancy is taking the first hack to Skagway. Therefore it follows, according to some people’s way of thinking, that Clancy is a hero. There is always a certain amount of celebrity attaching to first things, and the big-hearted dance hall manager of Skagway is getting his share. Three months ago if Clancy had taken a hack to Skagway he would have been laughed at, because hacks would have been useless. Now that the snow is gone along the broad avenues of Skagway town hacks will be in demand, and there will be more to follow Clancy’s vehicle shortly. This hack episode recalls that hacks were not the first up-to-date vehicles to peer at Skagway. Mr. George Brackett of wagon-road fame took the first cutter to Lynn Canal ports, and it was a “dandy.” It cut quite a figure about town and along the ice road of Skagway River during the winter. Brackett’s cutter, however, passed without comment, because it came as a matter of course. It was a necessity, a luxury and a big wagon road advertisement combined. As naturally has come Clancy’s hack. It will be a necessity during the summer months between the landings and the hotels and business places at Skagway. The real honor for first things in the traveling line that Skagway belongs with the Brackett family.
     Mr. Brackett presented Skagway’s first church society with an organ, the gift probably being the first thing in the musical line of its kind to appear at the Lynn Canal metropolis. Brackett’s cutter was a stylish affair in use for conveying the family and friends on pleasure jaunts and business trips in and about the city.
At this writing the organ donated by Brackett remains a mystery.

Frank Clancy: April 16, 2011, December 27, 2010, June 24, 2010, April 14, 2010, August 20, 2009, July 4, 2009, June 7, 2009, October 5, 2008.
George Brackett: May 14, 2013, June 29, 2011, April 1, 2010, April 3, 2010.

Frank Clancy: pages 455, 461, 471, 515, 521, 552-53.
George Brakett: page 519.

"Saluting the memory of Soapy Smith, forever inseparable and significant to the Old West history of the Mile-High City."
—Robert Bandhauer


1716: The first lion to be exhibited in America goes on display in Boston, Massachusetts.
1789: U.S. President Washington sets aside this day to observe the adoption of the Constitution of the United States.
1825: The first college social fraternity, Kappa Alpha, is formed at Union College in Schenectady, New York.
1832: Public streetcar service begins in New York City.
1853: William Bartholomew “Bat” Masterson, a good friend of Soapy Smith’s, is born in County Rouville, Quebec, Canada.
1856: Capt William R. Bradfute of Company G, 2nd Cavalry, from Ft Mason, Texas attack a party of Comanche Indians along the Concho River. One soldier is wounded, four Indians are killed, two wounded, and six horses captured.
1867: J. B. Sutherland patents the refrigerated railroad car.
1869: The last stagecoach between Denver and Cheyenne is run as the Denver Pacific Railway to Denver, Colorado Territory is completed.
1884: Montana's Northern Cheyenne Indian reservation is created from the Crow reservation by executive order of President Chester A. Arthur.
1886: One thousand men are employed as laborers by the Rock Island Railroad in Hutchinson, Kansas.
1891: First building in Bachelor, Colorado is constructed.
1891: Denver and Rio Grande Railroad extends narrow gauge track to Creede, Colorado.
1898: In a series of editorials titled “Unpunished Denver Murders,” The Denver Evening Post places Bascomb Smith’s shooting of Harry Smith on the list at number 10. Bascomb is the younger brother of bad man Soapy Smith.

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