Emil J. Forrest

Obit:Saturday, August 20, 1960
Yukon, Canada

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Emil J. Forrest, 71, died at Whitehorse August 20 while helping to launch the paddle steamer Keno, which he was to have piloted to Dawson. Mr. Forrest arrived in Yukon Territory from Alberta with his family in 1901 and attended school in Dawson. In 1910 he began his career on the Yukon River as assistant pilot on a motor launch charting the tricky channels between Circle and Fort Yukon. From 1914 until 1922 he carried the mail from Dawson to the mouth of the Yukon. He served as an airplane mechanic in Mayo for a number of years, later was engineer on the Neecheah and skipper of the Loon. Recently he had been a watchman for the White Pass Railroad and had mining interests at Freegold Hill near Carmacks. Funeral services were held in the Old Log Church at Whitehorse. [Nov1960]

Source: Alaska Sportsman, Nov 1960

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