It was good to hear from somebody who recently came to Whitehorse with the Century of Flight group, and to hear they had a great time in the Yukon. Also interesting to me is David Jackson who sent the message that mentioned he became “addicted” to the gold rush.
It must be catching because so am I and many others too. In his e-mail he talked about William Sime, and provided a little information about him being “a mineral assayer in Keno Hill,” etc.
He also was an assayer in Dawson City earlier. Jackson also added some additional information, which was interesting. I am glad he found “one of those long-forgotten boxes.”
Thank you to Jackson for the following e-mail note:
“I was recently in Whitehorse with the Century of Flight group. We had a terrific time in your city and territory. In 1968 I was there in a student exchange program. I had a great time then and I became “addicted” to the gold rush.
In about 1973 I was at an antique book sale in Toronto and came across some photographs of Skagway, Bennett, Haines Junction and Dawson City.
In the description of one photo William Sime is mentioned to be working for the Canadian Bank of Commerce and at a later date he became a mineral assayer at Keno and a justice of the peace.
He retired to South America in 1952. I did a Google search on William Simes of the Yukon and came up with the article you wrote just last week.
Also, coincidentally, I misplaced the photos and hadn’t seen them for about 12 years. They showed up today in “one of those long-forgotten boxes.”
Anyone with information about this subject, 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.