Silver camp people identified

Thank you to Yukona McBeth, of Edmonton, for the interesting letter that follows: My niece Shirley (Buyck) Telep (now in RCMP Whitehorse) sent me…

Thank you to Yukona McBeth, of Edmonton, for the interesting letter that follows:

My niece Shirley (Buyck) Telep (now in RCMP Whitehorse) sent me the clipping from your July 7 scrapbook.

I know the two men seated at the bottom of the page — (my father) Peter Buyck and his friend Bill Hare.

My parents, Peter and Evelyn, met in Juneau, Alaska, and were married there.

They moved to Whitehorse and had a boat built for them. They used to go to Mayo and, from there, to Werneke Camp.

Me and my brothers, Donald and Wesley, were all born at Mayo, but we never lived there, only at Werneke Camp and Elsa Camp.

My father contracted silicosis and was unable to work. After five years of increasing sickness, he died and is buried in Mayo Cemetery.

The mine closed at that time, so we left the Yukon and moved to my grandparents’ hometown in Saskatchewan.

Don and Wes moved back to Mayo years later where they married and had large families.

They are both buried in the same cemetery in Mayo where my father is buried.

I write to Bill Hare’s daughter Bette (Hare) Casselman. She lives in William’s Lake, BC.

Hope this is not too long an answer.

Yukona McBeth


PS: The book Gold and Galena has two references to a flood in Mayo in 1936.

Anybody 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

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