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Updated February, 2018. Editor, Sam Holloway

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Issue No. 1

"Mattie," by Darrell Hookey (a biography of Mattie Chapman)

Sixty Years North of Sixty, by Chappy Chapman (Chappy's memoirs of the Northwest Mounted Police)

Trapper's Gold (story of a lost gold mine), by the editor

Hatch's Yukon, photographs by John Hatch

A Foggy Moose Hunt (a tall tale), by the editor

Remembering Bob Russell (of Dawson City), by Carol Bratvold

Zero, by Anton Money (survival story)

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Yukoner No.1

Issue No. 2

Whitehorse is Heaven for a Single Girl, by Jack Scott (reprinted from a Maclean's article, 1952)

The House that Fred Built, (Fred Dohle of Marsh Lake) by Dianne Green

A Kluane Wedding, (Obie & Karin's wedding at Burwash Landing) photographs by the editor

Hector Lang, (Yukon bridge builder) by Darrell Hookey

The Road to Ross River, (South Canol Road) by Frank McLaughlin

An Almost True Tale, by the editor

The Killing of Sheslay Free Mike, by the editor

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Yukoner No. 2

Issue No. 3

Encounter with Wolves, (Stewart River trapping) by Kathryn Cameron Boivin

The Wedding That Never Was, by Rev. A. Cuschieri

The Betty Taylor Story, by Darrell Hookey

A Dog-Gone Tale, by Sam Holloway

Sweater With a Story, by Sheila D. Rose

Mysterious Lady, by Rev. A. Cuschieri

Letters from the Great Stampede, by Ned Hoggan

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Yukoner No. 3
Issue No. 4

Wrecking Trains in the Yukon, (working for the White Pass Railway) by Gerry Warner

The Raven's Breakfast, by Rev. A. Cuschieri

Klondike Joe Boyle, by Sam Holloway

Gordon McIntyre Story, by Darrell Hookey

Old Sweat, (our big dog) by Sam Holloway

Spring in Paradise, by Rob Alexander

A Job for Smilers, (Burwash Lodge) by Sam Holloway

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Yukoner No. 4
Issue No. 5

Moving the Klondike, (Chuck Morgan moving the S.S. Klondike sternwheeler to its last resting place) by Sam Holloway

Margaret and Marie, (Margaret Mitchell and Marie Fotheringham) by Darrell Hookey

Sluggers of Dawson, (boxing. 1904) by Darrell Hookey

On Becoming a Fighter, by Nick Burley

Tales for the Folks, by Sam Holloway

Loading Barges (photos), by Gordon McIntyre

Silly Season, by Rob Alexander

Robert Campbell, Yukon Explorer, by William J. Betts

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Yukoner No. 5


Issue No. 6

Christmas Journey, (trapline) by Delores Smith

Paddlin' the Big Salmon (River), by Gerry Warner

Ruth McIntyre Story, by Darrell Hookey

Mush On, Gene Dubois, by Dan Davidson

Going Outside, by Sheila Rose

Magic & Mystery, by Rob Alexander

Robert Campbell, Yukon Explorer, by William J. Betts

The Goldseeker, (novella) by Sam Holloway

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Yukoner No. 6

Issue No. 7

Living the Dream, (our years on the trapline) by Kathryn Boivin

Ban Everything, by Delores Smith

Gold on the Fortymile, by Ron Wendt

As Time Goes By, by Sheila Rose

Growing up in Telegraph Creek, by Lena Mann

The Miners' Ghost, by Fr. Andrew Cuschieri

Summer of the Wolf (photos), by Doug Gonder, Jr.

Robert Campbell, Yukon Explorer, by William J. Betts

The Goldseeker, Part Two, by Sam Holloway

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Yukoner No. 7
Issue No. 8

Our Yukon Baby (Clinton Creek), by Yukon Pete Esser

Father Bob (Bobillier), by Sam Holloway

Lake Bennett to Dawson in 1898, by Tappan Adney

Black Mike (Winach) as I Knew Him, by W.J. Swanson

Black Mike Retired, by Ron Wendt

Gold Hunting in the Stikine, by Lena Mann

The Log Skyscraper (of Whitehorse), by Darrell Hookey

The Goldseeker, Part Three, by Sam Holloway

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Yukoner No. 8
Issue No. 9

To Be a Queen (Marie Joyce, dogteam), by Delores Smith

Air Rescue (Paddy Burke, Everett Wasson), by Sam Holloway

John Scott, Hydro Pioneer, by Dianne Green

Buzz-saw Jimmy, by Darrell Hookey

Silver and Sausages (Keno City Hotel), by W.D. Alford

Klondike in 1937, by W.J. Swanson

Robert Campbell, Yukon Explorer, by W.J. Betts

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Yukoner No. 9
Issue No. 10

The Arctic Circle War (the story of the Mad Trapper, Albert Johnson), by Dick North

Jack London's Cabin (how Dick North found it), by Sam Holloway

More Mad Trappers(Runer West, George Ortell, Jim Christie, Charles Wilson, Solomon Albert, by Delores Smith

The Plot to Steal the Yukon (Duff Patullo, 1937) , by Darrell Hookey

For Bill McMillan (gold miner), by Sam Holloway

Klondike 1937-39, Part Two, (gold dredges, by W.J. Swanson

Venus on Wings, by Fr. Andrew Cuschieri

The Goldseeker, Part Four, by Sam Holloway

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Yukoner No. 10
Issue No. 11

Headless Valley (Nahnni), by Don Sawatsky

Naming the Yukon River (Lewes, Yukon River), by Darrell Hookey

Nosey the Fox, by Al & Laurie Downes (photos)

Runs With Bears (Clinton Creek), by Yukon Pete Esser

The Bank Where a Wild Time Grew (Bank of Commerce, Whitehorse, 1944), by Walter Beech

Around and Around, (river bar mining) by Sam Holloway

Klondike 1937-39, Part Three, by W.J. Swanson

The Goldseeker, Part Five, by Sam Holloway

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Yukoner No. 11


Issue No. 12

The Soldier's Sign (Watson Lake signposts), by Darrell Hookey

Watson Lake, by Sam Holloway

I'm Scared of it All, by Robert Service

Stalking Wild Mosquitoes (Yukon photos, 1949), by Lewis Billard

Grab Samples, by R.C. Coutts

Building the White Pass Railway, by W.J. Swanson

The Goldseeker, Part Six, by Sam Holloway

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Yukoner No. 12


Issue No. 13

I Married the North (Mountie's Wife, 1940s), by Elizabeth Reid

Hard-Luck Henry, by Robert Service

Coming Out of the Cold (Clinton Creek), by Pete Esser

The Sinking of the Princess Sophia, by Don Sawatsky

Joe Loutchan and Gang, photo by Richard Harrington

More Grab Samples, by R.C. Coutts

Curtis, Gold Rush Photographer, by W.C. Betts

Building the White Pass Railway, Part Two, by W.J. Swanson

The Goldseeker, Part Seven, by Sam Holloway

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Yukoner No. 13
Issue No. 14

Lloyd Ryder, bush pilot, by Darrell Hookey

The Big Inch (Quaker Oats cereal box, gold claim promotion), by Dianne Green

Al Kulan (discoverer of Anvil Range mine), prospector, by Jane Gaffin

Northern Roadhouses, by Murray Lundberg

The Spell of the Yukon, by Robert Service

I Married the North, by Elizabeth Reid

More Grab Samples, by R.C. Coutts

The Circle Fly, by Rick Mortimer

Whitehorse, 1951 (photo)

Tensley Johnston, trapper (photo)

Building the White Pass Railway, by W.J. Swanson

The Goldseeker, Part Seven, by Sam Holloway

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Yukoner No. 14
Issue No. 15

The Other Historians(Murray Lundberg, Lyall Murdoch, Grant Simpson, Jan Wotton, Chris Caldwell,), by Darrell Hookey

The Jean Gordon Story (of Mayo), by Joyce Hayden

I Married the North, by Elizabeth Reid

Fire in the Yukon (Faro forest fire), by Jane Gaffin

Herschel Island, by Don Sawatsky

A Dog-Puncher on the Yukon, Part One, by A.T. Walden

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Yukoner No. 15


Issue No. 16

Judy, My Dog, by Tensley Johnston

The Kathleen Wheeler Story (Dawson City), by Anne Templeman-Kluit

Fur Trade Days (Fort Selkirk, 1930s, photos), by Jim Kirk

Yukon Sean in the North (cheechako, 1999), by Sean McNeely

I Married the North, by Elizabeth Reid

A Dog-Puncher on the Yukon, Part Two, by A.T. Walden

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Yukoner No. 16
Issue No. 17

The Northernairs (Bill and Rusty Reid, musicians, 50 years), by Darrell Hookey

Edith Josie, Here Are The News (of Old Crow), by Roxanne Livingstone

This Building Had Big Ears (radar, Cold War), by Jane Gaffin

The Coldest Day (1947), by Dianne Green

Gun-An-Noot fugitive, manhunt, by Don Sawatsky

Alone (survival story), by Bev Wood

In Campbell's Footsteps, by Anton Money

Steamboats (photo) by Anton Money

Will Rogers' Last Ride, by Dick North

A Dog-Puncher on the Yukon, Part Two, by A.T. Walden

Farewell to John Hatch, Yukon photographer

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Yukoner No. 17
Issue No. 18
Yukoner #18

Captain Dick and the Sourtoe (Dick Stevenson and the Sourtoe Cocktail), by Sam Holloway

The Yukon Banker (banking in the 50s & 60s), by John Skelton

Basketball on the Coast (a team plays against Skagway in the 1950s), by Les McLaughlin

North to the Yukon (a modern journey), by Diana D'Amico

Dawson City Childhood (1930s), by John Gould

Marsh Lake Camp (Marsh Lake Lodge, 1949-1950), by Dorothy Stuart

I Married the North (tales of a Mountie's wife), by Elizabeth Reid

You Know You're From the Yukon When...

A Dog-Puncher on the Yukon, Part Four, by A.T. Walden

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Yukoner No. 18


Issue No. 19
Yukoner No. 19

Faro, the Town that Wouldn't Die, by Darrell Hookey

Dennis Mackie, Radio Pioneer, by Betty Mackie

Salvation Bill, by Les McLaughlin

Arctic Trapline (photos)(Old Crow), by Doris and Stu Macalister

Hunting Gold in Whitehorse, by Darrell Hookey

Andy Anderson, One-Armed Prospector, by Jane Gaffin

The Gift of the Piano (Old Crow), by Sheila Rose

I Married the North, by Elizabeth Reid

Alaska Highway Pin-Up Girls (1940s)

Starvation in the Klondike (Gold Rush), by William J. Betts

A Dog-Puncher on the Yukon, by A.T. Walden

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Yukoner No. 19

Issue No. 20
Yukoner No. 20

The Yukon's Most Famous Survival (Ralph Flores, Helen Klaben, 1963), by Thomas Whiteside

Since the Rescue (of the above couple), by Sam Holloway

Klondike Nurse (Jean Bredenberg), by Eric Jamieson

Johnny Friend of Watson Lake, by John Skelton

Sam McGee, by Les McLaughlin

Posted to Whitehorse (Army, 1962-64), by Elizabeth Symon

Kicked by a Dead Moose, by George W. Gilbert

A Dog-Puncher on the Yukon, by A.T. Walden

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Yukoner No. 20

Issue No. 21
Yukoner No. 21

Shaback’s Run (story of a trapper who starved to death), by Elizabeth Reid

Anecdotes of a Rounder (trapper), by Hank Horn

River Wild (Tatshenshini), by Darrell Hookey

Thea of the Yukon (Telegraph Trail), by William Miller

Stroller White,(journalist) by Les McLaughlin

The Disney Dogs (Huskies), by Nancy Bennett

Al Downes, miner/prospector, by Sam Holloway

The Music Man of Dawson, by Mag Mawhinney

Dogpuncher on the Yukon, by Arthur Walden

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Yukoner No. 21

Issue No. 22
Yukoner No. 22

Lady of Sloughmill (Mickey Lammers), by Dianne Green

Road to Keno City by Sam Holloway

Keno Refuses to Die, by Jane Gaffin

Transporting Ore from Keno Hill in 1956 (photos)

High-Grading at United Keno,(theft of silver) by Joe Riddell

Memories of Keno Hill Mines, by Joe Riddell

Sam Steele of the Mounted, by Nancy Bennett

Anecdotes of a Rounder, by Hank Horn

The Partners, by Sam Holloway

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Yukoner No. 22
Issue No. 23
Yukoner No. 23

So Far Away (in Clinton Creek), by Yukon Pete Esser

White Gold (asbestos) by Archie Gillespie

Archie Gillespie, the Roving Reporter by the Gillespie Family

Jim Robb's Ice Worms, by Archie Gillespie

Jack & Flo Christy of Watson Lake, by John Skelton

Women Workers, Quonset Hut, 1944 (photo),

Over the Chilkoot--the Wrong Way (1960), by Jim Lotz

Kicked by a Dead Moose, by George W. Gilbert

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Yukoner No. 23
Issue No. 24
Yukoner No. 24

Ben-my-Chree, unknown author

Neil Wright, Yukoner by Mike Craigen

They're Lost on the Chilkoot by Elizabeth Symon

Doctoring in the Yukon, by Elizabeth Symon

The Camping Trip, by Edward Olive

History of the Whitehorse Copper Belt, by Dick McKenna

Kicked by a Dead Moose, by George W. Gilbert

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Yukoner No. 24




Issue No. 25
Yukoner No. 25

My Yukon Journey, by Don Taylor

Trappers' Winter Radio Sked, by Delores Smith

The D.E.W. Line's Last Days(Distant Early Warning Line), by Joanne Jackson Johnson

Jim Robb Goes to Army Beach, by Sam Holloway

Homesteading at Lake Laberge, by Josephine Budda

Pioneer Days on the Alaska Highway, by W.R. Clarke

Alaska Highway Lodges in 1961

Jim and Dorothy Cook of Koidern River Lodge (photos)

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Yukoner No. 25
Issue No. 26
Yukoner No. 26

My Yukon Adventure, by Bill Weigand

The Penny Sippel Story, by Dianne Green

Wolf Story, by Rick Mortimer

Terry Delaney of CBC, by Les McLaughlin

Digger Cook's Memoirs, as told to Henry Legel

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Yukoner No. 26
Issue No. 27
Yukoner No. 27

A Hunt to Remember, by Rick Mortimer

The Death of Billy Sims, by Rick Mortimer

The Famous Carcross Parrot, Sam Holloway

Roadhouses of the North, by Dick McKenna

An Australian in the Yukon - The Will Perkins Story, from his letters to home

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Yukoner No. 27
Issue No. 28
Yukoner No. 28

The Babe Richards Story, by Dianne Green

The TC Richards, by Dianne Green

The Yukon's Favourite Prospector, by Jane Gaffin

The Whalers of Herschel Island, by Dick McKenna

Elly Porsild, by Ellen Davignon

Will Perkins' Ghost, by Sam Holloway

A Dogpuncher on the Yukon, by Arthur Walden

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Yukoner No. 28
Issue No. 29
Yukoner No. 29

The Taylor & Drury Yukon Empire, by Dick McKenna

Tall Tales of the Yukon, by Robbie Benoit

Me and My Dogs(dog mushing), by Stacie Zaychuk

Bride of the Arctic, (reindeer herding) by Elly Porsild

Aaro Aho, Minefinder,, by Jane Gaffin

Kluane Winter Vacation (photos),(Alaska Highway) by Sam Holloway


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Issue No. 30
Yukoner No. 30

The Bert Law Alaska Highway Lodge, by Jane Gaffin

Climbing The Chilkoot Trail, by Amanda Ford

Alaska Highway Truckers,, by Mike Craigen

Fr. Rigaud and the Oblate Missions, by Michael Dougherty

Monty Alford and Mountains, by Frank McLaughlin

Will Rogers in Dawson City, , by Eric Jamieson

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Issue No. 31
Yukoner No. 31

Dominion Creek Ghosts of the Gold Rush, by Ron Wendt

Doug & Al Storer, Yukoners, by Donna Clayson

The Complete Story of the Alaska Highway, by Dick McKenna

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Yukoner No. 31


Issue No. 32
Yukoner No. 31

Bilge Talk(a perilous river trip), by R.J. Thomas

The Real Rescuer (bush pilot, Helen Klaben, Ralph Flores rescue), by Jack McCallum

Martha Collins(Stewart River), by Ellen Davignon

The Flying Fiddler(Herman Peterson, Atlin,, by Donna Clayson

Katy & Vic of Watson Lake(Johnson School), by Doug Bell

The Sternweelers Story, Dick McKenna

Linda’s Bridge(Beatton River), by Doug Bell

Gold Rush Grubstakers, by Jane Gaffin

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Yukoner No. 32




Collected Stories
Volume 1

By Sam Holloway
Some of these stories were first published in the Yukon Reader Magazine while others appeared in the Whitehorse Star and the Yukon News
Collected Stories
  • The Wreck of the Columbian (dynamite explosion on a sternwheeler, Yukon River)
  • Swiftwater Bill (Bill Gates)
  • Klondike Kate (Kate Rockwell)
  • Madame Tremblay (Emilie Tremblay)
  • Robert Service (poet)
  • Jack London (his Yukon adventure)
  • Edna Eldorado (a baby born on Christmas Eve)
  • Mollie Walsh (killed by abusive husband, memorial by Packer Jack in Skagway, Alaska)
  • Bishop Isaac Stringer (who ate his boots to survive)
  • Captain Courageous (towboats on the Mackenzie River, Hay River, Great Slave Lake, Ramparts, Herschel Island, Pauline Cove)
  • Ghosts of Dawson (walking around a ghost town during a cold winter night)
  • With Friends Like These (some characters in Dawson City)
  • The Hermit's Cave (on the Mayo River, gold mine)
  • Dry Rice (Burwash Landing Lodge)
  • Too Much Gold (placer mining)
  • 93 pages with 61 photos
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Collected Stories