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Baasen, Richard V.  (Dick, Conger, p. 97); Hometown: MN, Member of Conger's party, Conger xxxii; Mentioned in letter about D. Wherley's accidental shooting of Roy Murfin, Sleepy Eye Dispatch, 4/22/98;

Babcock, First Lt. Walter C.  In charge of constructing Trans-Alaska Military Road, Report of first lieut. Walter C. Babcock, Eighth U.S. Cavalry, from April 26, 1899, to October 9, 1899, Abercrombie, 1900;

Babel, Martin.  Passenger list for the schooner Hera, departed Seattle for Copper River 3/22/98, Seattle P-I, 3/23/98;

Bacon, -.  (See also W. S. Baken); Appointed to committee to draft laws and limits of Port Valdez Mining District, 3/19/1898, VMDR, p.3;

Bailey, C. M.  Passenger on the Rival departing Port Townsend, WA 3/6/98, Port Townsend Leader, 3/7/98;

Bailey, William B.  Hometown: Seattle, WA; First-class passenger on steamer Alliance, departing Seattle 2/15/98, Seattle P-I, 2/16/98, p. 10; Member of Keystone Company;

Baird, Jim.  Hometown: Ellensburg, WA; Passenger list -- Steam schooner Albion, departing Portland 3/8/98 with A. S. Kirkpatrick, Portland Oregonian, 3/8/98; Helped Bryan Pearson pull up first bench, 4/27/1898, Pearson, CS1, p. 185; At Copper Center winter of 1898-1899; donated medicine to hospital on way out to Valdez, Guiteau, Louis, Death Trail, The Alaskana, pp. 3-8; Pearson left Copper Center for Slana with Jim Baird and A. Kirkpatrick.  Text ambiguous.   Baird & Kirkpatrick could have joined Pearson and gone across divide into Tanana country, Pearson, CS1, p. 187;

Baird, R. S.  (E?) Born in OH, March 1851, C1900; Hometown: name of city illegible, WI, C1900; Passenger List -- Steam Schooner Albion -- Departed Portland for Copper River, 4/9/98, Portland Oregonian, 4/10/98; Arrived in Alaska, Nov. 1897, C1900; Co-locators on 3/7/1899, F. Smith, A. M. Hendrie, F. R. Wortham, R.S. Baird, S. C. Moore, J. H. Bell, F. Scott, J. Parsons, E. Rape,
UKMDR, p. 165;


Baken, W. S.  (or Baker?) Discovered claim Mineral Creek Area, 6/20/1898 with H. D. Bartlett, F. W. Hoyt, H. E. L. King, H. Smith, C. B. Smith, J. W. Smith, and F. G. Bartlett.  Filed 3/17/99, VMDR, p. 102;

Baker, C. G.  Locator, QCMDR, p. 100;

Baker, Geo.  Hometown: North side, Chicago, IL: Dooley reports he died at Copper Center, Dooley Diary, 3/12/99; Listed in names & address section, Dooley Diary;

Baker, James S.  Arctic Mining Company, i.e. Crary party, W. H. Crary Diary, 6/29/1898, pp. 2 ff; Witness for Crary Claim on Copper River, 7/29/1898; "California Placer Claim," on Slate Creek, W. H. Crary Diary, p. 2;

Baker, S. E.  Passenger list -- Steam schooner Albion, departing Portland 3/8/98, Portland Oregonian, 3/8/98;

Baker, S. W.  Hometown: Tucone, AZ; Listed in names and addresses, Dooley Diary;

Baker, W. S.  See W. S. Baken;

Baldins, E. M.  Hometown: Sacramento, CA; Locator, QCMDR, 1898, p. 35; witness to Folan, p. 51;

Banett, John. (Possibly Barett); Passenger list for the schooner Hera, departed Seattle for Copper River 3/22/98, Seattle P-I, 3/23/98;

Banks, C. S.  Passenger list for steamer Alliance, departing Seattle 4/19/98 for Orca and Valdes, Seattle P-I, 4/20/98;

Bare, Capt. Leonard.  Captain of the Moonlight for Conn. & AK Mining & Trading Co., Gold Hunters, p. 26;

Barett, John. (Possibly Banett); Passenger list for the schooner Hera, departed Seattle for Copper River 3/22/98, Seattle P-I, 3/23/98;

Barker, Charles.  Joins Margeson & Butler brothers on trip from Klutina to Copper City and down Copper River in October on way back to states, Margeson, Gold Hunters, pp. 225 ff;

Barker, W.  Died of scurvy, 5/9/99, Seattle Times, 7/7/99 in Townsend Letters;

Barnes, F. C.  Kertchem Party; Files for Valdez townsite and placer claims, 3/10, 1898, Kertchem letter, VMDR, p. 31;

Barnett, O.  (Also O. Burnett, Portland Oregonian, 3/6/98); Hometown: Lincoln, NE; Passenger list--Steam schooner Albion, departing Portland 3/8/98, Portland Oregonian, 3/8/98; In party with W. Sweet, F. Wortman (Workman), O. Burnett (Barnett), John Blair from Lincoln, NE, Portland Oregonian, 3/6/98;

Barnhart, M. S.  V-Lot, Index, p. 36;

Barnum, W. P. Hometown: Beaver Falls, in Townsend party.  Beaver
Falls Weekly Tribune, 1/26/98. see Townsend Journals;


Barr, H. A.  Second-class passenger on steamer Excelsior, departing Seattle, 2/27/98 for Valdez, Seattle P-I, 2/28/98;

Barratt, Doc.  (See also: Dr. Barrett); Crossed Valdez Glacier, 1898; Died of scurvy at Copper Center winter of 1898-1899, Guiteau, Louis, Death Trail, The Alaskana, pp. 3-8;

Barrett, Dr. -.  (See also: Doc Barratt?) Attended Murfin of Conger's party who was accidently shot on the glacier, Guiteau Diary, 3/10/1898;

Barrett, Anna L.  (Also Mrs. June J; later, Ana, Mrs. Koon[s]; Mrs. Edwards); Born: Luudswall, Sweden, 12/24/1874, Pioneers; Hometown: St. Paul, MN, Arrived in Alaska April 1898, C1900; St. Anne's Creek named for her, Golden Cross? p. 46; Filed in 1898-1899, VMDR, pp. 113, 172; Crossed Valdez Glacier in 1898, BS, p. 44; Filed claim 1898-1899 in TMDR, p. 60; travels with Remington party, in Manker Creek Stampede with Capt. Teeters, Mrs. Barrett, Mrs. Delander, Shorty Wagey, NE. Oleson; baked excellent cranberry pies, p. 62; "Mrs. Dolling and Mrs. Barrett of Amy's ran away with Doc Dinsmore.  Mr. B went after them with a shotgun and brought his wife back." 11/11/1898, Crary, Diary, p. 16; the business person in Barrett family, Golden Cross?, p. 35; Travels with Remington party, in Manker Creek Stampede with Capt. Teeters, Mrs. Barrett, Mrs. Delander, Shorty Wagey, NE. Oleson, Golden Cross? p. 41; Subscribed to a relief station fund for 1899 on Valdez Glacier, in Valdez, 1898, CS1; V-Lot, Index, p. 44; Location Notice, Landlock/Galena Bay, Aug. 13, 1899, PWSMDR Bk. 2, p. 197, witness Oscar Larson, Ph. de Foutville (Fontville); Location notice for "The Daisy," Abercrombie Gulch, 1/19/99, witness: Dr. A.
Von Gunther, VMDR, p. 113; also witness for Mrs. Von Gunther, p. 110; Location notice for the "Little Anna," Abercrombie Gulch, 1/19/99, witness: Mrs. Anna Barrett, VMDR, p. 114; Location Notice, by Anna Barrett "W. D. Torrey Lode Claim," in Climax Gulch, Klowasana River 5 miles from junction with Kotsina River, witnesses J. W. Finch, H. R. Leslei, J. A. Fish, VMDR, p. 172;


Barrett, Anthony L.  Born: Canada, March 1860, C1900; Hometown: Ehna, IO; Arrived in Alaska, March 1898, C1900;

Barrett, G. T.  Associate of R. C. Johnston, advised against looking for placer gold mining in the Copper River Country, Seattle P-I, 11/13/97;

Barrett, June J.  Husband of Anna Barrett; Filed claim 1898-1899 in TMDR, p. 61; with Charles & Grant Remington, whipsawing timber on Klutina, Golden Cross? p. 30, 35, badly frost-bitten, later died in Dawson, 1899? p. 70-71; Tells Conger's party the outlook is good at Teikhell, Conger, 10/25/98;

Barrey, -.  Walker brothers (Frank & Fox?) leave Twelve-mile 11/15/98 with Barrey, Fain, Henry Krohn, caught in storm, Krohn dies in Valdez, Brown in Glenn & Abercrombie, p. 623;

Barrington, C. P.  First class passenger on steamer Valencia, departing Seattle 4/7/98, Seattle P-I, 4/8/98 & Seattle Times, 4/8/98; (Barrington & Jenning both on Valencia); With Jenning on top of 4th Bench, Valdez Glacier, 6/14/1898, Crary Diary. p.7;

Barry, R. B.  Passenger on steamer Alliance, departing Seattle for Yakutat Bay and Valdes, 3/24/98; party of 37 from Sioux City, IA led by J. N. Henry were to be dropped off at Yakutat, the others apparently headed for Valdes, Seattle P-I, 3/25/98;

Bartlett, Frank G.  Born: WI, Oct. 1853, C1900; Hometown: Forman, ND; Arrived in Alaska, April 1898, C1900; Discovered claim Mineral Creek Area, 6/20/1898 with H. D. Bartlett, F. W. Hoyt, H. E. L. King, H. Smith, C. B., Smith, J. W. Smith, and W. S. Baken.  Filed 3/17/99, VMDR, BK. 1; Filed in VMDR, p. 29, (Goat Valley, Mineral Creek) 59, 96, 102; Elected to Township Committee 10/10/1898, CS1; p. 86; Township Committee meets at Bartlett Drug Store, CS1, p. 87; Donated to building relief station on Valdez Glacier, Sept. 1898, Bourke notes, CS1; Subscribed to a relief station fund for 1899 on Valdez Glacier, in Valdez, 1898, CS1; Brown leases a house from for hospital, Brown in Abercrombie 1900, p. 40; Location notice Homer & F. G. Bartlett, head of first bay west of Glacier Bay, PWSMDR Bk. 2, p. 219;

Bartlett, H. D.  Discovered claim Mineral Creek Area, 6/20/1898 with H. D. Bartlett, F. W. Hoyt, H. E. L. King, H. Smith, C.B., Smith, J. W. Smith, and W. S. Baken.  Filed 3/17/99, VMDR. p. 102;

Bartlett, J. H.  First-class passenger on steamer Excelsior, departing Seattle, 2/27/98 for Valdez, Seattle P-I, 2/28/98;

Bartlett, S. J.  Location Notice for claim on Mineral Creek with I. Rice, S. J. Bartlett, Barb Cauvey, Otis Moore, Mrs. W. M. Smith, J. A. Smith, J. D. Smith, C. B. Smith 6/28/98, in VMDR, p. 105;

Bashford, L.  (Benton Harbor, MI); Second-class passenger on steamer Excelsior, departing Seattle, 2/27/98 for Valdez, Seattle P-I, 2/28/98;

Basin, John.  (Name problematic, difficult to read); Passenger list for the schooner Hera, departed Seattle for Copper River 3/22/98, Seattle P-I, 3/23/98;

Bates, Ben.  Hometown: Boston, MA; Professional boatbuilder, Guiteau meets on Klutina, long passages in Guiteau Diary, 5/14/1898; 6/14/1898; "10 men from Valdez stopped at Co. City - Dan Kain, Brown, McClellan, Bates, Hamlin, McCormack, Fitch, Leverose, Amy, and Senders," Dooley Diary, 5/20/99;

Batsford, James A. Passenger on the Rival departing Port Townsend, WA 3/6/98, Port Townsend Leader, 3/7/98;

Bauson, R. V.  Second-class passenger on steamer Excelsior, departing Seattle, 2/27/98 for Valdez, Seattle P-I, 2/28/98;

Bayless, Dave (?).  Hometown: Macom (?), IL, Names and address list, Dooley Diary;

Bayless, I. M.  Passenger on the Rival departing Port Townsend, WA 3/6/98, Port Townsend Leader, 3/7/98;

Beach, A. B.  Passenger on Helen Almy bound for Copper River, capsized shortly after departing San Francisco, 3/20/98, Seattle P-I, 3/23/98;

Beach, Irving. V-Lot, Index, p. 20;

Beach,L. H.  Passenger on steam schooner Noyo, departing Seattle for Copper River ports with a few passengers for Juneau and Skagway, Seattle P-I, 3/16/98;

Bean, C. O.  Passenger list -- Steam schooner Albion, departing Portland 3/8/98, Portland Oregonian, 3/8/98;

Beard, William. Describes blizzard unloading across ice from steamer and difficult conditions in crossing Valdez Glacier, Letter from Watkins and Beard, Seattle P-I, 3/26/98;

Beaton, Angus.  Passenger list for steamer Alliance, departing Seattle 4/19/98 for Orca and Valdes, Seattle P-I, 4/20/98;

Beatson, A. K. Born: NY, July 1854, C1900; Hometown: Oakland, CA; At 1897 Miners Meeting. 6/11/1897, PWSMDR, Bk. 1, p.1; First-class passenger on steamer Alliance, departing Seattle 2/15/98, for Dyea & Valdez, Seattle P-I, 2/16/98, p. 10; Title Bond to mining property, Gladhaugh and Beatson,1898, PWSMDR, Bk 2, p. 69; also PWSMDR Bk. 1, p. 77; Location notice on Latouche Island: Ripstein, Beatson, Beyer, Gladhough, Heidorn, & W. E. Hunt,
PWSMDR, Bk. 2, May, 1898, p. 16;


Beattie, J. J.  Hometown: Juneau, AK; Located No. 16 (King Solomon's Basin), 10/1/1897; MLR, Bk. G, (H&I), p. 349; Mining Deed, Beattie to Prince William Sound Mining and Development Co. 12/20/97, MLR, Bk. G, (H&I), p. 378-379;

Beatty, -.  Dooley attends religious services from Boy and Beatty (probably Rev. S. T Beatty) at Rapids, Diary, 2/5/98;

Beatty, H.  Locator, QCMDR, 1898, p. 64; witnessed by H. T. Beatty;

Beatty, H. T.  Locator, QCMDR, 1898, witnessed to H. Beatty, p. 64;

Beatty, Isaac.  Starts for Valdez with James with letter about George's death but turns back because of weather, 9/7/1898;

Beatty, James. T.  Locator, QCMDR, 1898, p. 67; Starts for Valdez with Isaac with letter about George's death but turns back because of weather, Beatty Letter, 9/7/1898;

Beatty, L.  Hometown: San Jose, CA. Filed in 1898-1899 VMDR, p. 138; V-Lot, Index , p.28; Appointed the first post master in Valdez in Abercrombie 1900, p. 26; Brought chickens to Valdez in 1898, A. Powell, Trailing. p. 31. Mr. & Mrs. Beatty donated stove and can of oil to relief station on Valdez Glacier, Sept. 1898, Bourke Notes, CS1;

Beatty, Isabel (Mrs. L.).  San Jose, CA. Born: New York City, Nov. 1844, C1900; Arrived in Alaska, March 1898, C1900 ; V-Lot, Index, p. 79; Brought chickens to Valdez in 1898, Powell, Trailing, p. 31; Mr. & Mrs. Beatty donated stove and can of oil to relief station on Valdez Glacier, Sept. 1898, Bourke notes, CS1; Experienced trances, predicted arrival of a boat on Jan. 18, 1899.  Steamer Wolcott arrived unexpectedly, A. Powell, Trailing, p. 97-98;

Beatty, Mike A.  (Also: Beaty [QCMDR, p. 58]. Hometown: MN; Member of Conger's party from Minnesota, Conger, xxxii; Second-class passenger on steamer Excelsior, departing Seattle, 2/27/98 for Valdez, Seattle P-I, 2/28/98; Locator, QCMDR, 1898, p. 30; Witness to Peters, QCMDR, p. 58; Conger meets M. Beatty and F. Guyer on way to Copper Center as he heads north, 2/14/99,
Conger, p. 198; Mentioned in letter about D. Wherley's accidental shooting of Roy Murfin, Sleepy Eye Dispatch, 4/22/98;


Beatty, Rev. Squire Trevelyn.  Born: 1864; Died: 1910; Locator, QCMDR, 1898, p. 61; witness to J. T. Beatty; Nephew George drowns in Klutina River, late August 1989, Beatty Letter, 9/4/1898; McClellan party "turned out in the full force and put up a splendid cabin, 16 x 18 feet in the clear, for us at the head of the rapids, I helping them all I could, but with practiced woodsmen from
Minnesota, I felt rather incompetent.  We will move down as soon as we can, as it is the nearest point to our claims." Beatty letter, 10/8/98;


Beauden, A.  Second-class passenger on steamer Excelsior, departing
Seattle, 2/27/98 for Valdez, Seattle P-I, 2/28/98;


Beck, Jack.  Born: Russia, Oct. year unknown, C1900 ; Hometown: Philadelphia, PA; Probably Hazelet's "Old Beck", John (C1900 ); List of prospectors crossing Valdez Glacier, May 29, 1898, W. H. Crary Diary, p. 5; V-Lot, Index, p. 68; Appointed to committee with Dempsey and Kortright, 1898, CS1; p. 2; Location notice for "Summit Claim," "Ruby No. 1," John Beck, W. Robert, C. A. Spongberg at Duck Bay east side of Knight Island, 7/25/1899,
PWSMDR, Bk. 2, p. 212; PWSMDR, Bk. 1, p. 142-145;

Becker, Bill.  Hometown: Freeport, IL; Part of Guiteau party, crossed Valdez Glacier in 1898, Guiteau, Louis, Death Trail, The Alaskana (Sept. 1972), pp. 3-8; Guiteau Diary, passim.; Guiteau party splits: Kingsley & Becker leave; Philo Snow & Guiteau go on together; Guiteau Diary, 6/3/1898; joined Missouri boys and wrecked on lower Klutina rapids, Guiteau Diary, 6/13/98;

Beckman, John.  Passenger on steamer Alliance, departing Seattle for Yakutat Bay and Valdes, 3/24/98; party of 37 from Sioux City, IA led by J. N. Henry were to be dropped off at Yakutat, the others apparently headed for Valdes, Seattle P-I, 3/25/98;

Beckstrom, A.  Passenger on steamer Alliance, departing Seattle for Yakutat Bay and Valdes, 3/24/98; party of 37 from Sioux City, IA led by J. N. Henry were to be dropped off at Yakutat, the others apparently headed for Valdes, Seattle P-I, 3/25/98;

Bedale, T.  Passenger list for steamer Alliance, departing Seattle 4/19/98 for Orca and Valdes, Seattle P-I, 4/20/98;

Bedlish, J. Hometown: CA; Principal with Young of Chicago in dispute resolved at Miner's meeting, Dooley Diary, 5/31/98;

Behren, (?) Chas. F.  Co-locators, 3/11/1899, Carvey, Melley, C. F. Behren, T. Mamon, L. A. Dicker, Jas. Rogan, L. Swenson, J. Hanalin, UKMDR;

Behrens, Henry.  Hometown: Brooklyn, NY.  In April 30 avalanche with Christopher, rescued, Bourke Journal, p. 32;

Belknap, C. G.  Passenger, schooner Phelps, departing Seattle 4/5/98, Seattle P-I, 4/6/98;

Bell, James H. Co-locators on 3/7/1899, F. Smith, A. M. Hendrie, F. R. Wortham, R. S. Baird, S.  C. Moore, J. H. Bell, F. Scott, J. Parsons, E. Rape, UKMDR,p. 165; Location notice with A. M. Hendrie, Galena Bay, 8/25/1899, PWSMDR, Bk 2, p. 211; p. 271;

Bell, Joe. Hometown: Potosi, WI; Arrived in Valdez on schooner St. Lawrence, 3/31/98, with Roy McCoy, Rolla Walker, Joe Bell, Fred Scott, W. Anderson, Ed Edwards, and Frank Markert, Pendleton letter in in Grant County Herald, 8/4/98; In party from Wisconsin including John Pendleton, Ed Edwards, Roll[a] Walker, Frank Markert, Joe Bell, Fred Scott, J. W. Anderson, E. L. [Roy?] McCoy, Letter from McCoy in Grant County Herald (Lancaster, WI) 4/28/98;
Walker, Bell, Anderson and Scott carve headstone for snowslide victims, Pendleton Letter, Grant Count Herald, 8/4/98; Caught in snowstorm on Quartz Creek with Simonstad, Miller, Nelson, Jacobsen, and Faber in 1898, Powell, Trailing. p. 159; Lost his dog, Grant County Herald, 5/5/98;


Bell, John. (See also John Reil); Hometown: Juneau, AK; Witness to W. S. Phillips claim 11/14/98 QCDMR, p. 54; guide, lifted off his feet by strong winds while crossing glacier, 11/7/1898, Brown in Glenn & Abercrombie, p. 623; Listed in names & address section, Dooley Diary;

Bell, L.  V-Lot, Index, p. 81;

Bell, W. J. Passenger on steamer Alliance, departing Seattle for Yakutat Bay and Valdes, 3/24/98; party of 37 from Sioux City, IA led by J. N. Henry were to be dropped off at Yakutat, the others apparently headed for Valdes, Seattle P-I, 3/25/98;

Bellum, Doc.  (Chief Billum of the Taral tribe, Golden Cross? p. 109).  Ahtna Indian.  Rohn stops at his place with Millard & Warner on way to copper claim on Kotsina, Abercrombie 1900, pp. 114-115; Powell's conversation with old Doctor Bellum, Trailing, pp. 276-277; Has ferry on Copper River, but white men get franchise and take it away from him, Powell, Trailing, p. 283 and Miles Brothers photograph labeled "Dr. Billam's Siwash Ferry across the Copper," (Valdez Museum, P1986.117.54); At Copper Center, advises Copper River Joe's party not to go near spur on Mr. Blackburn, Golden Cross? pp. 108-109; help ford river, Golden Cross? p. 124; effect of white hunting on Billum's flock of Mt. Goats, Golden Cross? p. 139;

Bempton, Aug.  Worked on relief station on Valdez Glacier, Sept. 1898, CS1;

Bence, Private -.   (See also Private Bench); On Abercrombie's trip across Valdez Glacier with packtrain, Glenn and Abercrombie, p. 566;

Bench, Private -. Koehler in Glenn & Abercrombie, p. 609; also Abercrombie, passim. in Glenn & Abercrombie.

Bender -.  At July 30, 1898 Meeting of the Valdez Mining District, VMDR, p. 14;

Benedict, F. L.  Passenger List -- Steam Schooner Albion -- Departed Portland for Copper River, 4/9/98, Portland Oregonian, 4/10/98; Conducts funeral for Louis Mightener who drowned at first timber, Pearson Journal, CS1, p. 185;

Benedict, Neal D.  Hometown: Seville, FL. Margeson/Benedict trip, Gold Hunters, p. 9; Benedict, Gasteldi, Lawrentz, Gittner, and Potts decide to return to States after reaching Copper River, Margeson, Gold Hunters, p. 171;

Benjaman, -.  Conducts regular services [Masonic?] along the trail, accompanied in early July by Bro. Foster and Mrs. Dodge, Pearson Journal, CS1, p. 185;

Bennett, C. F.  (C. F. [QCMDR]; C. L. [UKMDR]).  Filed claim in 1898-1899 TMDR, p. 81; Locator with C. L. Warner, QCMDR, Jan. 1899, p. 93;

Bennett, C.L.  C. F. (QCMDR); C. L. (UKMDR) Locator, UKMDR, 3/18/1899, p. 65;

Bensen, Harry A.  Passenger list for the schooner Hera, departed Seattle for Copper River 3/22/98, Seattle P-I, 3/23/98;

Bensire, A. S.  (Middle initial a guess); Passenger traveling with his wife on schooner Phelps, departing Seattle 4/5/98, Seattle P-I, 4/6/98;

Bensire, Effie. (Last name a guess based on proximity to Mr. & Mrs. Bensire); Passenger, schooner Phelps, departing Seattle 4/5/98, Seattle P-I, 4/6/98;

Bensire, -.  (Mrs. A. S.). (Middle initial a guess); Passenger traveling with her husband on schooner Phelps, departing Seattle 4/5/98, Seattle P-I, 4/6/98;

Benson, -.  In party of four Swedes (Wann, Colby, Newberg and Benson) with Hazelet on Copper River, Hazelet Diary, 6/12/98; 6/26/98; 8/30/98; Newberg, Benson & Wann arrive at Hazelet's camp on Chistochina, 2/19/99;

Benson, Peter.  (Peter Bronson, Dooley); Crossing Glacier winter 1899 with Charles Johnson, broke through ice, froze to death, in Beaver Falls Weekly Tribune in Townsend Letters; "report is that Bronson froze to death in an attempt to reach Port Valdez by a new route near 3 bench 6 miles from timber. Johnson got in alive and that is all" Dooley Diary, 2/15/98; Peter Benson fell through ice on glacier and froze to death winter 1899; Johnson arrives Groo camp following death of partner on Feb. 3, back from trying to reach Valdez, Groo Diary;

Benson, P. A.  Location Notice with V. H. Nitschie, QCMDR, 9/18/98, p. 33. (May be Peter Benson who fell into river and froze to death, see Charles Johnson);

Bent, H. A.  Hometown: MA; Passenger on steamer Wolcott, left Seattle for Copper River, 11/20/97, member of Doc Tanner's party, Seattle P-I, 11/21/97; Doc Tanner Party. San Francisco Examiner, in CS2, p. 83;

Berg, Charles.  V-Lot, Index, p. 67;

Berg, Phil.  Hometown: Neillsville, WI; The Alaska party composed of Warren Southard, Louie Brillion, Joe Dillman, Phil Berg, Fred Sturdevant, Gus Klopf, Fred Elder, and George Vine left Neillsville, 1/17/98, Neillsville News, 1/20/98; Passenger on the Rival departing Port Townsend, WA 3/6/98, Port Townsend Leader, 3/7/98; Has arrived in Valdez after a pleasant trip on the Rival from Port Townsend, WA, Neillsville News, 3/24/98;

Bergh, Axel.  Passenger on steam schooner Noyo, departing Seattle for Copper River ports with a few passengers for Juneau and Skagway, Seattle P-I, 3/16/98;

Bergmann, J. S.  (J. S. Bergman, Seattle P-I); Passenger on steam schooner Noyo, departing Seattle for Copper River ports with a few passengers for Juneau and Skagway, Seattle P-I, 3/16/98; V-Lot, Index, p. 39;

Beringer, Fritz.  Location notice, Latouche, June 1899, PWSMDR, Bk. 2, p. 136;

Bergstrom, Martin.  Passenger on steam schooner Noyo, departing Seattle 3/15/98 for Copper River ports with a few passengers for Juneau and Skagway, Seattle P-I, 3/16/98;

Berkeley, G. W.  First class passenger boarding Valencia in Seattle, departing Seattle 3/6/98 with 600 passengers, Seattle P-I, 3/6/98;

Bettel, James.  (See James Bettles); Location Notice with Fulmore, Bettel, Ohlemutz; Judge Claim, Latouche, 8/10/97, PWSMDR, Bk. 1, p. 31;

Bettles, James. (Jas); Location notice: 7/28/97: Latouche I. PWSMDR, Bk. 1, p. 132; Location Notice: Bonanza No. 1 & 2 mine, Latouche, 1/19/98, PWSMDR, Bk 1, p. 41; Files claim at Herring Bay, Knight Island, June 1898, PWSMDR, Bk. 2, 1898-1900, p. 53;

Betts, C.L.  (Also, C.E. Betts, Seattle PI); Hometown: Spokane, WA; First-class passenger on steamer Excelsior, departing Seattle, 2/27/98 for Valdez, Seattle P-I, 2/28/98; On Corner's jury.  Coroner's report depicting death Joseph Fournier et al. on Valdez Glacier, 5/2/98; At first Valdez Mining District Meeting, Bk. 1. VMDR; Filed claims Glacier Island, 8/8/1898, PWSMDR, BK. 2, 1898-1900, p. 28;

Betts, George.  Quitting on Valdez Glacier and going home probably
because of homesickness, Kappelman Letter.


Beyer, William Carl Luckner.  ("Beyer" in Pioneers Rec. based on birth certificates; "Beyers" Town Minutes 4/23/98); Place of birth: Germany; arrived in Alaska 1889 (C1900); fur trader at Chenega; first came to Valdez area in 1892 bear hunting with Lew Brown and Jack Shephard, Anon. Researcher, Valdez Museum Collection; Had cabin at head of Port Valdez near later site of Hangtown before 1898.  Located Olga Mine at Latouche in 1897 but did not record; relocated by C. H. Lind and recorded in 1899, PWSMDR, Bk. 2, p. 62; Chairman of first citizen's meeting to organize a town in Port Valdez, April 23, 1898, Minutes, CS1; Location Notice for Blue Rock Mine #1, #2 on Herring Bay, Knight I, 3/28/98, PWSMDR, Bk. 1, p. 43-44; V-Lot, Index, p.12; Location notice on Latouche Island: Ripstein, Beatson, Beyer, Gladhough, Heidorn, &W.E. Hunt, PWSMDR, Bk. 2, May, 1898, p. 16;

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