Henry Roiles

Obit:Monday, May 10, 1965
Yukon, Canada

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Henry "Shorty" Roiles, 85, died in a Whitehorse hospital May 10, a week after he had been brutally beaten in his little shack on Whiskey Flats where he lived independently on his small pension. He had been a resident of the Yukon for more than half a century. A veteran of World War I, he enlisted the 67th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. When he returned after the war, he never went Outside again. He was a machine operator around the Whitehorse docks for years, and later worked for Taylor & Drury as a night watchman. Always honest and polite, he had never been known to pinch even one armload from the T & D woodpile near his shack, although it must have been tempting as he grew older and his eyesight failed.

Source: Alaska Sportsman, Sep 1965

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