Roland Ryder and a horse called Eagle
The following letter is from Lloyd Ryder of Whitehorse. The building in the foreground is the White Pass Hotel, which was on the site of the present Edgewater Hotel.
I believe “Read” was an Atlin photographer.
His letter follows:
The photo in question is a picture of my grandfather Roland Ryder and a horse named Eagle.
I don’t think my grandfather owned him, but the horse supposedly came from the firehall that was just across the street.
I have several copies of this photo taken from different angles, and on one of them there is a name, “Read” at the bottom right-hand corner.
I have always assumed this is the name of the photographer.
I don’t know exactly when the photo was taken, but it was before I was born in 1922.
My grandfather owned horses, and loved them, so I think the horse knew him well.
The trust is obvious as there were several pictures taken and both the horse and Roland look quite comfortable with the situation.