Joseph Ferris

Obit:Mar 1965

End of the Trail

Notices in this section are limited to names of those who have achieved pioneer status through many years in the North, or who are otherwise of unquestioned importance in the daily scene.

Joseph Ferris, a resident of Alaska for 62 years, was found dead in his cabin on Poorman Creek late last March. He came to Alaska in 1903, arriving at Valdez, and freighted with mules and horses in the Iditarod country and the Ruby district between Poorman, Long Creek and Ruby. Later he worked summers with the Geological Survey as a guide, and .during the off seasons he freighted, trapped, and mined for gold. About 20 years ago he took a job with the Miscovich brothers as a ditchman at Poorman, and later as a watchman for their property and equipment. But in recent years he made his living by trapping, making an annual 60-mile trip by plane for supplies. He was just about due for another trip into town when his body was discovered in his cabin by state police.

Source: Alaska Sportsman, July 1965

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