Diamond Tooth Gertie’s

Howard Firth’s opinion (enclosed) about the Arctic Brotherhood Hall, now called Diamond Tooth Gertie’s, is very interesting.

Howard Firth’s opinion (enclosed) about the Arctic Brotherhood Hall, now called Diamond Tooth Gertie’s, is very interesting.

It’s true that there was a person called Diamond Tooth Gertie. But never in the history of the Klondike was there ever a casino-music-gambling hall called Diamond Tooth Gertie’s.

I think Arctic Brotherhood Hall should have been revived as the gambling hall.

A way of looking at it is — do you go authentic, or do you go phony?

Howard Firth’s letter follows:

Re the photo of The Arctic Brotherhood Hall:

My grandfather, T.A. Firth, became a member of the Arctic Brotherhood soon after arriving in Dawson in Sept. 1898.

The order was established in a similar vein as the Yukon Order of Pioneers, but had a closer connection to Alaska. The motto of the order was “No Boundary Lines Here” and featured crossed flags of Canada and the United States positioned behind a gold pan. T.A. Firth was the manager of the A-B Hall from 1920 until his death in Dawson in 1941.

He arranged concerts and brought in entertainers from all over North America.

Banquets were held here and, at one time, they had made personal Arctic Brotherhood dinnerware, consisting of dinner and side plates, and cups and saucers for 110 settings.

Our family is in possession of two plates that remain from this collection.

In later years, before it became “Gertie’s,” the hall was used for many dances.

As youngsters in Dawson, we were always fascinated by the “Ben Hur” curtain that hung on the stage and wish that Parks Canada could see fit to return this and other Arctic Brotherhood articles that were found during renovations.

Like you, I agree that this building should never have been called “Gertie’s,” as, to the best of my knowledge, she never had anything to do with this building during her years in Dawson.

I hope this information sheds a little light on the history of this building.

I look forward to seeing more of your historic photographs and articles.

Kind regards,

Howard Firth, T.A. Firth Insurance

Editor’s note:

Last week, John Miller wrote a letter correcting details about his father’s death. Unfortunately, Miller mistyped the year of that tragic event.

Miller actually died several years ago, not earlier this year, as the letter suggested.

Anybody with information about Yukon history, please write Jim Robb: The Colourful Five Per Cent Scrapbook — Can You Identify? c/o the Yukon News, 211 Wood Street, Whitehorse, Yukon,  Y1A 2E4, or e-mail through the News website, www.yukon-news.com.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Willow Brewster, a paramedic helping in the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre, holds a swab used for the COVID-19 test moments before conducting a test with it on Nov. 24. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
An inside look at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre

As the active COVID-19 case count grew last week, so too did… Continue reading

Conservation officers search for a black bear in the Riverdale area in Whitehorse on Sept. 17. The Department of Environment intends to purchase 20 semi-automatic AR-10 rifles, despite the inclusion of the weapons in a recently released ban introduced by the federal government, for peace officers, such as conservation officers. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Environment Minister defends purchase of AR-10 rifles for conservation officers

The federal list of banned firearms includes an exception for peace officers

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: The K-shaped economic recovery and what Yukoners can do about it

It looks like COVID-19 will play the role of Grinch this holiday… Continue reading

Jodie Gibson has been named the 2020 Prospector of the Year by the Yukon Prospectors Association. (Submitted)
Jodie Gibson named 2020 Prospector of the Year

Annual award handed out by the Yukon Prospector’s Association

A number 55 is lit in honour of Travis Adams, who died earlier this year, at the Winter Wonderland Walk at Meadow Lakes Golf Club in Whitehorse on Nov. 24. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
A new take on holiday traditions

Winter Wonderland Walk, virtual Stories with Santa all part of 2020 festive events in Whitehorse

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Colin McDowell, the director of land management for the Yukon government, pulls lottery tickets at random during a Whistle Bend property lottery in Whitehorse on Sept. 9, 2019. A large amount of lots are becoming available via lottery in Whistle Bend as the neighbourhood enters phase five of development. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Lottery for more than 250 new Whistle Bend lots planned for January 2021

Eight commercial lots are being tendered in additional to residential plots

The Government of Yukon Main Administration Building in Whitehorse on Aug. 21. The Canada Border Services Agency announced Nov. 26 that they have laid charges against six people, including one Government of Yukon employee, connected to immigration fraud that involved forged Yukon government documents. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Charges laid in immigration fraud scheme, warrant out for former Yukon government employee

Permanent residency applications were submitted with fake Yukon government documents

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Karen Wenkebach has been appointed as a judge for the Yukon Supreme Court. (Yukon News file)
New justice appointed

Karen Wenckebach has been appointed as a judge for the Supreme Court… Continue reading

Catherine Constable, the city’s manager of legislative services, speaks at a council and senior management (CASM) meeting about CASM policy in Whitehorse on June 13, 2019. Constable highlighted research showing many municipalities require a lengthy notice period before a delegate can be added to the agenda of a council meeting. Under the current Whitehorse procedures bylaw, residents wanting to register as delegates are asked to do so by 11 a.m. on the Friday ahead of the council meeting. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Changes continue to be contemplated for procedures bylaw

Registration deadline may be altered for delegates

Cody Pederson of the CA Storm walks around LJ’s Sabres player Clay Plume during the ‘A’ division final of the 2019 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament. The 2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled for March 25 to 28 in Whitehorse next year, was officially cancelled on Nov. 24 in a press release from organizers. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News file)
2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament cancelled

The 2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled for March 25 to 28… Continue reading

Lev Dolgachov/123rf
The Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner stressed the need to safeguard personal information while shopping this holiday season in a press release on Nov. 24.
Information and Privacy Commissioner issues reminder about shopping

The Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Diane McLeod-McKay stressed the need to… Continue reading

Most Read