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Nome Census Area

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T D Cashel


A miner who was arrested in 1898.  He had a legal education and was able to

express his views cleverly and concisely.  He assumed leadership of a group

of arrested miners, and acting as their spokesmen led to the miners to elect him as the  First Mayor  of Nome, Alaska. He was voted in September 13, 1899 and held office until 1901.  In 1902 he was appointed City Clerk.  I do not see him in any census records, and I do not see any birth or death records.


Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula, History, Description, Biographies

by E S Harrison, 1905


Nels Olson Hultberg

He is one of the earlier pioneers to the Seward Peninsula.  Mr Hultberg was sent by the Swedish Missionary Society to Golovin Bay in 1893 to establish a school for the natives.  He was born in Southern Sweden in March 24, 1865.  He left Sweden in 1887 and went to Pullman Illinois where he was employed by the Pullman Car Company.  his mechanical knowledge induced the Swedish Missionary Society to send him to Alaska.  He established a school at Golovin.

As early as 1895 natives brought him gold prospects from Nome River, which was known then as Iarcharvik.  In August 1897 P H Anderson arrived at Golovin as a missionary to that station.  He went prospecting with Lindblom and Brynteson. Due to ill health he went to the United States.  He returned to Nome in the spring of 1899, landing at Nome on 18 June.  He was one of the first victims of the typhoid fever epidemic in 1899.

Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula, History, Description, Biographies, by E S Harrison, 1905

Dr A N Kittilsen

Dr Kittilsen was the first recorder of the Nome Mining District until August 1900.  One of the terms of the contract to find Reindeer Herders from Lapland to teach the native Eskimos how to take care of the reindeer - was to have a physician who would go to Alaska and remain at a reindeer station in case he was needed.  He was of Scandinavian ancestry and able to talk to the Laplanders.  He came in 1896 and was a physician where his services were needed.  He was also the assistant superintendent of the reindeer station.  During his second year there he was acting superintendent.  The reindeer station was first started at Port Clarence but in 1897 it was changed to Unalakleet.  He was born March 1870 - the first white child born in Christiana, Dane County, Wisconsin.  He graduated from Rush Medical College in 1894.  He married Berthe Knatvold in Tacoma, Washington in 1901.  They had at least one child, Anne Clarissa.

Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula, History, Description, Biographies by E S Harrison, 1905

Charles David Lane

He organized the Wild Goose Mining and Trading Company with a capital of $1,000,000.  This was invested in mining properties of Seward Peninsula.  Many miles of ditches were constructed.  A pumping plant to force water from Snake River to the summit of Anvil Mountain was erected.  Two railroads were built - one from Nome to Anvil Creek and another from Council City to #15 Ophir Creek.  He was born in Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri on Nov 15, 1840.  His father was a miller.  His family settled in Stockton California and engaged in farming and stock raising.  Mr Lane began to work at gold mining at the age of 12 the first winter he was in California.  He created many valuable mining properties across the western states.  He is recognized as a founder of Nome.  Charles D Lane died 27 May 1911 in Palo Alto, California.

Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula, History, Description, Biographies by E S Harrison, 1905

Capt Daniel B Libby

Capt D B Libby went to Alaska in 1866 and had charge of a part of the construction work of the Western Union Telegraph Company.  They were attempting to put up a telegraph line across Canada and Alaska to connect with a Siberian line by cable across the Bering Strait.  Captain Libby discovered gold on Ophir Creek in 1866.  He was a native of Maine and was born Feb 3, 1844 and was a soldier in the Union Army.  He married Miss Louise Melsin of San Francisco in 1882 and had two children: Daniel B Libby Jr and Adeline E Libby.

Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula, History, Description, Biographies by E S Harrison, 1905

Major William Newton Monroe

He came to Nome to supervise the construction of the Wild Goose Railroad and is the man who built the first railroad in Northwestern Alaska.  After its construction he was the superintendent of the railroad line and when it was acquired by the Nome-Arctic Corporation he was manager and put in full charge of the road.

He was a native of Indiana and was born June 4, 1841.  He was a soldier of the First Iowa Cavalry.  He married Mary J Hall, Dec 25, 1864 in Omaha.  They had children: Milton S, George O, Myrtle M and Mabel H.

Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula, History, Description, Biographies by E S Harrison, 1905

Leonhard "Sepp" Seppala

Born 14 Sept 1877 in Skibotn, Storfjord, Troms, Norway; died 28 Jan 1967, Seattle WA, buried at Nome.  Leonhard was the son of Isak Isaksson Seppala and Anne Henriksdatter.  He was initially a blacksmith and a fisherman in the old county.  When he came to Alaska during the Nome gold rush of the 1900s.  His friend Jafet Lindeberg (one of the three Swedes) had returned to Norway from Alaska and convinced "Sepp" to work for his  Pioneer Mining Company in Nome.

He was employed as a dogsled driver for the mining company and he loved it from the first day.  He traveled between 50 and 100 miles most days.  In 1913 Lindeberg brought puppies from Siberia as a gift for Roald Amundsen in hopes that the explorer would take the dogs on his expedition to the North Pole.  Amundsen cancelled the trip and Lindeberg gave the dogs to Seppala.

His first dogsled race was in 1914 - the All American Sweepstakes - which he entered at the last minute.  He withdrew from that race because he and his dogs did not know the trail, and the dogs suffered on the race.  In 1915 however, he was much more prepared and won - finishing two hours ahead of the second place finisher.  He also won in 1916 and 1917.  The race was suspended until 1983 after that.

Winter of 1925 brought a diptheria outbreak to Nome.  Seppala's only child, Sigrid who was 8 years old, was at risk.  The towns supply of diptheria antitoxin serum was out-dated.  This was during the coldest winter in 20 years.  He was chosen as one of the mushers to participate in the relay to get the serum to Nome in time during blizzard conditions and bitter cold.  It was known as the "Great Race of Mercy" and is now commemorated as the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Leonhard toured across America in 1926-1927 with an Eskimo handler - ending in Poland Spring, Maine.  He and his partner Elizabeth Ricker started a Siberian dog kennel at Poland Spring which was the start of the spread of the Siberian Husky dog breed in the United States. In 1928 he moved to Fairbanks with his wife and in 1932 he earned a silver in sled dog racing demonstration event at the Lake Placid Winter Olympic Games.  Later they moved to Seattle Washington where he and his wife Constance died.  Both were buried in Nome.


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