Dawson City, Yukon Friday, September 4, 1998

Commissioner Judy Gingell and Mayor Glen Everitt show off their Glad Rags at the Discovery Day Parade. Photo by Roberta Humberstone

Feature Stories

Discovery Day Parade Results
Lind Family Donates $275,000 to Museum
Joe Clark Campaigns in the Klondike
Giovanni Castellarin Recognized for Contributions to the KVA
Vandals Hit Public Sites
Bathtub Race Results Set New Records
Reflections on the Mining Life
Editorial: In the Autumn of Our Year

Welcome to the September 4 edition of the Klondike Sun, assembled during a hectic Discovery Weekend. The hard copy edition was 20 pages, with 16 photographs, 27 articles, and the PAWS cartoon strip. To see the whole thing you have to subscribe. We welcome your letters, comments and even stories.

Discovery Day Parade Results

by Lambert Curzon
Race Marshall

This year the judges consisted of Lynn McKenzie, Fran Hakonson, and Cassandra Crayford. They had their work cut out for them as the list of prizes and the cash made for almost $10,000.00.

1st. place - For the best gold rush theme and $1898.00 went to the Langtry Family.
2nd place - $1202.00, Parks Canada
3rd place - $900.00, Henry Gulch Placers
4th place - $500.00, Pioneer Women
5th place - $300.00, Community Development
6th place - $200.00, Dawson City Museum

Most Humorous Float - Fischer Contracting
Best Adult Male - Lambert Curzon, who protested, until the judges reminded me that their word was final.
Best Adult Female - Shelley Hakonson
Best Family - The Ogilvies
Best Child - Krystal Reume
2nd Best Child - Cody Reume
Most Humorous Individual - Kim Matthews
Best Horse and Rider (adult) Shelley Rowe
Best Horse and Rider (male) Youth - Alexander Derry
Best Horse and Rider (female) Youth - Miranda Adam
Best Vintage Car - Tony and Peggy Hanulik
Best Demo Derby Car - Jay Hall
2nd Best Demo Derby Car - R.C.M.P.

Mr. and Mrs. Yukon: Fred and Pala Berger

Black Lantern Award: Judges choice sponsored by Kluane Freightlines, any person or company that wins it three times, gets to keep it. The engraved plaque will be attached agin this year, and is on display at the Post Office... Last year's winner was Henry Gulch Placers. Definitely a crowd pleaser, his cannon was a big hit last year, and enjoyed once again at the Demo Derby.

The Bicycle Awards:
1st - Gemma Gould
2nd - Krystal Reume
3rd - Cody Reume

Also all entrants with a bicycle in the parade received $5.00. This event was sponsored by MacKenzie Petroleum.

In Honour of Joe Boyle Day, and the Parade, Gord and Brenda Caley (nee Crowe) went to great expense to import from Seattle, Washington, the great grandson of Joe Boyle (who's name I was told was Joe Boyle) to give the kids of Dawson, a gold coloured coin. This was well received by the kids, and truly in keeping with Joe Boyle's generosity of old.

Other recipients of the day are:

Yukon Order of Pioneers, R.C.M.P., Rose Margeson, Cam Sigurdson, Dawson Chamber of Commerce, Shoppers, John Van Every,Tony Hanulik, Earl McKenzie, all of the horse entries, Rose Rosenberg the Deputy Mayor of Edmonton, Alex Hakonson, Yukon Energy, Dawson Fire Dept., Paper Boy, Klondike Fire Dept., Duncan Spriggs (rumour has it, a one-way ticket to Whitehorse), the Firth Family, Larry Bagnell, Willy Ogilvie.

The major sponsor for this event, was the City of Dawson who not only provided 30,000 bubble gum to pave the streets with gold, but also the $5000.00 for the top six prizes.

Once again, thanks to the efforts of Leanne MacKenzie, the merchants came through with yet another very generous contribultion, bringing the dollar value up to just a tad short of $10,000.00. Not bad for the City of Dawson.

A very heartfelt Thank You to the following businesses who truly make my role as Parade Marshall so very rewarding.....

Mayor and Council, City of Dawson, Klondike Visitors Association, MacKenzie Petroleum, Klondike Freightlines, McDonald Lodge, North of 60 Petro, Downtown Hotel, Klondike Kates, Midnight Sun Hotel, Westmark Hotel, Klondike Transport, Gammie Trucking, Bonanza Market, Maximillians, Dawson City Museum, Wild & Wooley, The Grubstake, Anniversaries Commission, Klondike Centennial Society, Top of the World Golf Course, Bonanza Esso, Art's Gallery, Northern Metallic Sales, The Monte Carlo & Dawson Hardware, Klondike Nugget and Ivory, Arctic Cotton, Riverwest, Arctic Inland , Fischer Contracting, Dawson City Courier and Taxi Service, Dawson City General Store, Dawson City Video, Ray of Sunshine, Northern Superior, Celeste at Life Styles (Styles), Hair Cabaret.

Thank you one and all from the bottom of my heart for making 1998 a year to remember, without all of you, it wouldn't make celebrating so much fun.

Once again, Thank You Leanne, Lynn, Cassandra, Fran, Father Tim, Greg from Dawson Christian Fellowship, Jason, Andrea, Greg and all City Crew who assisted.

You have got to love those mounties. Didn't they look great leading the parade, and what a great turn out. Thank you for making this parade so special


Lind Family Donates $275,000 to Museum

by Dan Davidson

There can't be much doubt that the Lind family from Toronto has adopted Dawson over the last few years. A large contingent turned up for Discovery Days celebration two years ago, and another group of 22 arrived this year. The patriarchs of the family, Philip and Walter, were unable to make it this year due to ill health, but they had been planning a Yukon River trip to Fortymile to visit the scene of one of John G. Lind's claims from the 1890's.

Jeff Lind, acting as head of the clan on this trip, even donned protective gear and entered in the Klondike Krunch Demo Derby, along with Museum director Mac Swackhammer.

At a public ceremony held around noon on August 16, Swackhammer informed the assembled public of the Lind's gift to the Museum.

"The Lind family has made a substantial donation to the Dawson City Museum which will enable us to build storage facilities, work on a gallery in the museum and upgrade our gift shop. It's a three pronged process that will last a couple of years.

"Usually it's rare to get a donor family to support things in a museum which you might consider to be the nuts and bolts of a museum. Many donor sponsors and corporations like to have a lot of splash and a lot of publicity, and to find a family which is willing to help us with the core work of the museum - which is the care and keeping of the collection - is something which is rare.

"Building a storage building doesn't sound as romantic and as wonderful as performances and exhibitions and what-not. We're very grateful to the Lind family for being willing to work on this."

The Lind family presented Museum board chair Pat Reid with a cheque for $275,000.

Jeff Lind spoke of the family connection to the Klondike.

"Our grandfather was here in 1894 at Fortymile, moved up to Dawson and managed to leave a mark here, take some prosperity home with him, proceed to start a family. Here's the results of that.

"Eleven of us have just hiked the Chilkoot Pass and are all a little sore. I'm going to be a lot sorer after I finish the demolition derby. I want to thank John Gould and Michael Gates and Mac Swackhammer and all those people involved in helping us make Dawson feel like a second home to us. We've been back many times. We enjoy the people up here and everything that goes on that links us to our past."

Ron Lind explained that it was his older brother, Phil, who sparked the idea to make a donation to the Museum.

"He basically promoted it and sold it to the rest of our family. We just think it's a great idea. We're all excited about it."

Ron summed up the story of John Lind, who came here with "what must have been impeccable timing" in 1894 and spent two years at Fortymile before being lured to Dawson by word of the strike.

"With his resources he was able to build a successful mining operation." He took his earnings Outside, to Ontario, and started a cement company which was very successful. The Lind family finally sold that company last year and "with that, his legacy is now passed on to all of us. Now it's our responsibility and the onus is on us to build upon his legacy."

Other members of the family spoke of following the trail of their grandfather and trekking over the passes to get here.

Both Pat Reid and Mayor Glen Everitt expressed the community's appreciation for the generous gift.

The ceremony concluded with a short talk by Michael Gates, who spoke a little about the river trip he had just taken with John Gould and Bill Berry, the trip that Phil and Walter Lind would have taken if they had been well.

Following Gate's presentation on the Stampeders' diet, the audience was treated to a lunch of beans in the Museum Gift Shop.


Joe Clark Campaigns in the Klondike

by Dan Davidson

Joe Clark arrives in the courtroom above the Dawson City Museum in the middle of a drizzly Discovery Day, shaking the water from his borrowed RCMP slicker and joking about getting to wear one without having to take the training. Like many people we have seen only on television, he seems smaller and more real at the same time.

Most tellingly, perhaps, he seems completely at ease with his role, shaking hands with the couple of dozen locals and visitors and repeating names the way you do when you want to be able to recall them later.

At least one of them he knows already. Town councillor Aedes Scheer's mother, Anne, who is visiting, went to school with him in High River.

Catherine Clark is right beside him, following up the greetings with the same easy smile, her father's daughter. During his short speech her eyes hardly seem to leave him.

Ken McKinnon, the former Commissioner of the territory, introduces his old friend as the "father of responsible government in the Yukon", for it was during Clark's short tenure as Prime Minister in 1979 that the famous "Epp letter" was dispatched, laying the foundation not only for our present way of running the legislature, but also for the enhanced status of our government leaders on the national stage.

Clark is candid and disarming. Yes, he is here to help mark the Gold Rush Centennial, but he is "not beyond using a visit to make a point." doing a little campaigning for his cause, which is, of course, his attempt to regain the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party.

"I'm here in part because I want to underline that my Canada includes the North. It always has and it always will."

This we might expect from the man who devoted two years of his life to selling the Charlottetown Accord from east to west and from north to south.

Clark styles himself a "Big Dreamer" after the fashion of his political hero, John Diefenbaker, under whose government the Palace Grand Theatre here was restored and the Dempster Highway was begun. There's rational politics in that statement, but there's also the romance of an earlier Albertan named Billy Henry, who drove cattle to Dawson during the Gold Rush in the employ of a rancher named Pat Burns. It was Henry who said that the people who built Canada dreamed big dreams.

The Yukon, Clark says, is more than just a piece of Canadian geography. It is part, along with his own Alberta, "of a dream and definition of a country."

Says Clark, "We've always seen ourselves as an open land - open in space, open in spirit. There's a very real sense that these territories and this extraordinary geography represent a kind of openness."

Clark says it's time to look at gas pipelines once again, time for the Yukon to look into resources development which will make it "much more self-sufficient both in energy and in economics." Affordable energy and a reduction in winter pollution could be some of the benefits.

The Yukon, says the candidate, deserves a lot of careful attention by others for the strategies which have been followed in the settlement of Land Claims here, indicating that the rest of the country has a lot to learn from our process.

More control of resources needs to be transferred to the Yukon, he says, freeing it from its dependence "on the fortunes of one mine." The territory needs to be allowed to "grow free from control and being hamstrung by the central government."

Clark concludes his speech with the anecdote about Billy Henry, that cattle driver who brought beef to Dawson. He likes to see himself as another man with a big dream, connecting with the Klondike "in this historic place, on this historic day."

Asked why he would return to the battles of Ottawa after his successful years in the private sector, Clark speaks of the luck he feels has blessed his life, of how he has learned a lot from his many opportunities and wants to give something back. He seems to mean it quite sincerely.

"This is a pretty cynical age now, and people are very apprehensive about leadership...they think that they're being given a prepackaged message. People know that's not the case in may case. They have seen me through thick and thin - a lot of thin and some thick - and they judged how I respond to things."

He seems himself as a person who can "draw people together" and feels "that we're at a time in the country when we desperately need that drawing together."

He says he feels confident about his chances of taking votes in Quebec should he become the PC leader. He has no interest in any kind of formal arrangements with the Reform Party. He feels that one of the two parties on the right will have to become the dominant force, and he intends it should be his.

His priority as a party leader would be to heal the rifts in the nation and create some sense of Canada being a country again. He believes it was created by an act of will and that that will needs a transfusion of energy.

"I want it to be clear that I'm not talking about just Quebec. We are facing that erosion of will in other areas."

On the so-called New World Order represented by the recently stalled talks towards a Multilateral Accord on Investment, Clark is clear about his position. He favoured Free Trade when it was put in place during his years with the Mulroney government and he generally favours international agreements which can be used to govern the conduct of international business. As the transnational corporations grow in strength and power, he feels that only such agreements have any hope at all of holding them to account.

He thinks the Liberal approach to this was flawed, having been channeled through the "rich man's club" of the OECD. He would be more inclusive and make sure that as many players as possible were part of the talks.

From the Museum, Clark and his party proceed to the water logged festivities at the Discovery Claim and from there to Yellowknife by plane in the evening, all passengers hoping for a smoother ride than the one they had getting to Dawson.


Giovanni Castellarin Recognized for Contributions to the KVA

About 35 friends, including past and present KVA Directors, gathered at the Top of the World Golf Course on August 20, 1998 to recognize Giovanni Castellarin's contributions to the KVA and Dawson City over the past 45 years.

Giovanni has taken a break from his perennial service to the KVA Board of Directors to attend to the demands of their family business, the Triple J Hotel. Giovanni does remain involved in the KVA as Chairman of the Diamond Tooth Gerties Committee and as a volunteer at special events.

Giovanni was presented with a KVA jacket, service recognition pin and a lifetime membership to Diamond Tooth Gerties.

Out of town guests included Colin and Jacquie Mayes from Salmon Arm, B.C. and Shea MacKenzie from Victoria, B.C. Giovanni thanked the KVA and noted that " I have never done anything alone. It has always been done with the help of many people. It has been an honour to work for the KVA and our community and I plan to remain involved."

The party was a complete surprise to Giovanni thanks to the noble efforts of his golfing "buddies" who kept the secret and Giovanni on the golf course until all the guests arrived. The event included a fun golf tournament and steak BBQ} hosted by the Top of the World Golf Club. A great time was had by all!!


Vandals Hit Public Sites

by Dan Davidson

The Museum was just one of the sites damaged during a recent vandalism spree. Photo by Anne Saunders

Four males - one adult and three youths - have been identified as the perpetrators of a vandalism spree that hit Dawson City on the night of August 18. Eighteen year old Darren Bullen and three unidentified youths have been charged.

Damage was done at the Dawson City Museum, where flowers were ripped from planters and benches were broken; the Commissioner's Residence, where a canopy was torn down; the Youth Centre, where a window was broken; and the Front Street Gazebo, where more railings were broken.

Mayor Glen Everitt says he was told about the damages and that the police had the names of those who did it. A subsequent press release from the RCMP indicated that the three youths would be directed to the Community Group Conferencing process.

Everitt says that the town will want to be represented at the this session, while it will certainly want to be in court for the adult's case. He plans to make representations himself on behalf of the citizens of the community whose image and property has been damaged.

Dawson's tourism industry depends, to a great extent, on the attractions that have been created and are maintained by the municipality, Klondike National Historic Sites and volunteer organizations such as the Museum. None of them can really afford to waste money repairing things that never needed to be broken.

Said Everitt, " Maybe if we'd had a curfew bylaw brought in this might not have happened." Dawson's original attempt to enforce a curfew was altered to a anti-loitering bylaw after a great deal of public debate last spring.


Bathtub Race Results Set New Records

These folks are ringing the bell at the end of the Whitehorse to Dawson bathtub race, sponsored each year by NMI Mobility. Photo by Diane Marengere

This 7th Annual NMI Mobility Gold Rush Bathtub Race completed its trek from Whitehorse to Dawson with all ten teams safe and accounted for.

This race known as the longest and toughest bath-tub race in the world was held August 15-17 August 1998. Celebrations started in Whitehorse on August 14th.

The results are:

"B" Division

1stBlacksheep RacingRoy AdairWhitehorse
2ndPiston BrokeRandy MartellPort Coquitlam
3rdSandor RacingTed SandorWhitehorse
4thNuway CrushingTravis AdamsWhitehorse
5thDowntown Hotel/Century 21Kyla BoivinDawson City

The unofficial time for the winner was 15hrs. 38mins. 35 secs.

"A" Division

1stBlacksheep RacingRoss KingWhitehorse
2ndPiston BrokeChris GlennPort Coquitlam
3rdNuway CrushingJason AdamsWhitehorse

The unofficial winner's time was 11 hrs. 41 mins. 37 secs. While the flurry of press releases from the organizers is a bit garbled, this appears to be a new record for the trip. The "B" division winner may also have set a new record.

During the Awards presentation at the Downtown Hotel , Glenn Nicol - Vice-President of NMI Mobility, the races major sponsor, announced that NMI is committing another $2500.00 to the annual race. "This and some unconfirmed sponsors for 1999 will hopefully drive our prize pool to the $10000.00 goal that our committee is set for", commented Derek Carleton, Executive Director of the Sourdough Rendezvous Committee.


Reflections on the Mining Life

by Dan Davidson

Jimmy (and Marcine) Simpson, photographed on the day before their 49th anniversary. Jimmy's a raconteur and author of The Vanishing Breed, a journal account of mining in the north. Photo by Dan Davidson

Jimmy Simpson is a natural story teller. Lots of local people in the Klondike know this and so a good many of them showed up at the Dawson City Museum in early August for his second appearance of the summer, a repeat performance of a lecture he gave earlier in the season as part of the Museum's Tuesday evening lecture series.

There just wasn't that much seating in the lecture room, so everyone turned to and rearranged the rear deck outside the gift shop, stacking the picnic tables and hauling most of the plush cushioned benches out of the A/V room to allow people to crowd in. Even then the audience spilled off the deck and onto the access ramps at the side. Ninety people take up a fair amount of room.

Jimmy and Marcine, his bride of 49 years (they courted for 2 weeks), have been in the Yukon for the last 19 years, mining the creeks at Gay Gulch and Upper Bonanza. They scouted the area in 1979, having become fed up with the complications of mining life in Alaska, where they had been living since the late 1950's.

The regime in Alaska just got too complex for him to be able to continue mining there and still be happy, he tells his audience.

"Here, if you want to mine you go to one office and they tell you exactly what you have to do where you can do it. In Alaska they tell you where to go to find one of the offices you need to visit."

This summer the Simpsons aren't mining, though they have done a bit of assay work in the event that the price of gold ever rises again.

Jimmy and Marcine came north when the roads were little more than cat tracks, with hardly more than enough money to make the trip. It's a long stretch from Tennessee to Alaska and it required some nerve for a couple of southerners to homestead and mine in the north. They did it and Jimmy has many tales to tell of those early days hauling cat trains into new ground, travelling in the dead of winter, working ground from Fairbanks to Denali to Nome and back.

He tells of running out of fuel on one winter trip and trading the services of his equipment with a local community for the use of the government fuel that had been sitting there in barrels since the Second World War. He and his mates ploughed the community's airstrip continuously for three days before the long overdue mail plane could land, and then repaired the strip's cat so the locals could look after themselves.

During the 1970's Jimmy and his neighbours weren't too found of the way of "hippies" that made its way north and he tells several amusing tales about how these back-to-the-land folks got what they deserved at the hands of local residents.

Although Jimmy doesn't particularly want to kill bears, he draws the line at having them stroll along the porch of his cabin and peek in the window. He says that if a bear can't be scared off your land with the report of a light weapon, then you may be forced to take extreme measures. He has no faith in pepper spray, having seen bears stroll through clouds of the stuff while the wind shifted and blew it back at him.

Jimmy concludes his lecture by pulling out his guitar and singing a few songs about his life as a miner, along with one he wrote for his wife. In addition to mining and writing his memoirs, he has recorded several albums of country style northern tunes during his years in the Yukon and Alaska.

In fact his view of the mining life is expressed in a musical metaphor.

"It's like music," he says. "You get paid for travellin' and you play for the fun of it."


Editorial: In the Autumn of Our Year

by Dan Davidson

It's that time of the year again, folks. The signs of autumn are out there to be seen.

It won't be long before our compliment of businesses shrinks to its off-season low. The boards haven't started to go up on the windows yet - that comes after Labour Day, usually - but the season end sales have begun.

This year's seasonal closures will be accompanied by the downsizing of our weekly competition, according to a notice in last week's Insider. They will remain weekly, but will shrink to the basic t.v guide and ad format in which they debuted.

I'm told that some of the summerdoughs have arranged to get themselves fired as August comes to an end. Apparently this is a ploy to avoid the long delays that come between the end of a job and your first employment insurance cheque. Somehow or other a dishonorable discharge is better for your pocketbook than an honourable departure. It's a shame that the world works that way, but it seems to.

Seasonal openings include the kids going back to school on August 18 and the beginning of the fall season's extracurricular activities. In no time at all the school gym will be a hive of activity, with school and community groups vying for space and members.

There are more than just social sounds, of course. Using a clothes line has become a hit or miss proposition as we move into this cloudy season. When the lawn is still heavy with the morning dew until mid-afternoon it seriously cuts into the amount of time you have to maintain it. Those potted flowers that haven't quite managed to bloom yet now have to get hauled into the house each night and out again at lunch in the hope that our remaining days of sunlight will be enough to coax forth their flowers.

And all around the leaves are turning, a few more every day, with some already dropping off the branches when the wind is high.

Atmospherics are weird. Night owls report more and more Northern Lights as the night time temperatures drop off, but the big talk of last week was that "Independence Day" style cloud formation that loomed over the town on last Thursday night. There having been no news of alien attacks from the rest of the world, we'll just have to assume that it was a case of nature imitating art.


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