I believe I took this photograph in the old Shannon Lounge, now called the 202 Lounge, in the 1970s or early ‘80s. The two characters are unidentified.
I often saw my good friend the late Pete Brady there. Pete, with his brother Pat, mined in the Klondike for more than 50 years on Hunker Creek and Mint Gulch. They were Irish and proud of it.
Also seen there was Archie Gillespie who was born in the Klondike. He was a very colourful writer for the Dawson News and was also the editor and founder of the Mayo Miner newspaper in the 1920s and ‘30s, if not longer. He later had a column in the Yukon News called the Roving Reporter.
Another regular was Sig, a very quirky little Norwegian who had a very squeaky voice. He had been a carpenter.
Jim Cox was another interesting customer at the Shannon Lounge. He was always accompanied by a bear dog and was a lone prospector, I believe.
About the two gentlemen in the photograph, I don’t remember their names but I used to often chat with them.
All the people mentioned are no longer with us but these people and others certainly were special in their own way and will not be forgotten.
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 email through the News website, www.yukon-news.com.