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Yukon Commissioner George Black heard the call to duty and was determined to join his compatriots who were shipping overseas during World War I.
I didn't realize when I started this writing gig (this is my 400th column) that there was so much to write about Yukon history. As time progressed I learned about more and more interesting Yukon people and places.
Each year, to honour the territory's unique heritage, the Yukon Historical and Museums Association presents the Yukon Heritage Awards.
Some objects have symbolic and emotional value that is far more powerful than their physical nature.
Prompted by a recent article in the Brandon Sun written by Suyoko Tsukamoto, I went to see The Revenant.
My wife Kathy recently acquired a small collection of old Yukon photographs that included one of a group of men posing in front of the Territorial Administration Building.
I am still digesting the historical feast that I received at Christmas. This year, old photographs replaced socks under the Christmas tree.
Christmas has always been a very special time of year for our family. Living in Dawson City and putting up Christmas lights at 30 below was especially challenging.
Sometimes it can be difficult to create an historical picture of a person or event, because they often become shaded by misinformation or second-hand accounts.
There was an excellent turnout at the MacBride Museum last Thursday night. In fact, it is a good thing that the museum decided to take the wall out where they once had a small meeting room beside the lobby, as about 135 people attended.
A new book was launched at the MacBride Museum last evening, which focuses on the history of Whitehorse. Titled The Squatters of Downtown Whitehorse, it was written by Pat Ellis and friends.
Before the discovery of the Klondike, the prospectors who wandered the hills and valleys of the Yukon River lived in a political vacuum.
During World War I, the volunteers from the Yukon witnessed slaughter and misery on an industrial scale. Month after month, they suffered constant shelling, shrapnel, gas attacks and trench raids.
The first time that Yukon voters went to the polls in a federal election was in a by-election in 1902. James Hamilton Ross, the commissioner of the territory, was running as Wilfred Laurier's candidate, while Joseph Clark stood for the Conservatives.
With Remembrance Day just around the corner, there is an event coming up next Tuesday evening at the Yukon Arts Centre that you won't want to miss.
I wrote recently about how Robert Service tried to scoop the professional journalists during World War I, and how he was nearly shot for being suspected of spying.
Never underestimate how important a personal contact is when hunting for a story from the past.
The morning calm of July 4, 1912 was disturbed at 9:05 a.m. by what at first sounded like firecrackers, coming from the second floor of the Central Hotel in Dawson City.
It is well known that Martha Black took an active role in the Yukon's overseas wartime activities. She helped attend to the wounded, sick and homesick Yukon boys.
One hundred and one years ago, the writing career of Robert Service almost came to the same end as dangerous Dan McGrew.