Charles D. Garfield

Obit:Sunday, September 24, 1961

End of the Trail

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Charles D. Garfield, prominent ex-Alaskan, past exalted ruler and last surviving member of Elks Lodge 420 in Juneau, died in Seattle September 24 at the age of 94. Mr. Garfield, born in Olympia, Washington, went to the Klondike in 1897, then to Nome, where he was collector of customs from 1904 to 1909, then to Juneau where he was collector of customs until 1922, then to Seattle. There he served for ten years as director of the Alaska division of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, helped organize the Seattle Fur Exchange, and edited the Fur Journal for seventeen years. He also served as secretary of the Puget Sound Fur Farmers Association. His widow, Dr. Viola A. Garfield, an authority on North Coast Indian culture, is a professor of anthropology at the University of Washington. The photo, which shows Mr. Garfield at the left (with cigar), was taken in 1909 by the late C. L. Andrews, Alaska historian. Mr. Garfield left Nome on February 13 (his birthday) of that year, and made the month-long overland journey to Valdez by dog team. [Jan1962]

Source: Alaska Sportsman, Jan 1962

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