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Northern Cemeteries and Graves

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

by Murray Lundberg


Pioneer Cemetery, Whitehorse, Yukon

The following description of the Pioneer Cemetery is from the 44-page booklet A Guide to Who Lies Beneath Whitehorse Cemeteries (pdf, 1.2MB), published in 2000 by the Old Log Church Museum and Yukon Tourism and Culture.

    Established in 1900, this quaint cemetery located in the city's downtown core was originally known as the 6th Avenue Cemetery. While the cemetery's tranquil setting nestled under the escarpment in a grove of trees seemed an ideal resting place for the dearly departed, it sparked controversy.

    A letter from H. M. Martin, Crown Timber and Land Agent, to the Territorial Commissioner, Fred T. Congdon, raised concern that the cemetery posed a potential health risk. He feared the decomposing bodies would seep through the soil into the water table and contaminate the well water. On January 6, 1908, a petition signed by 100 townspeople requested that the cemetery be moved to the outskirts of town near where the airport is now located. The petition was unsuccessful.

    During the 1960s, the cemetery suffered from neglect as the City of Whitehorse and the Yukon Government argued as to which political body was responsible for its upkeep. Eventually the issue was resolved and the city took responsibility only after the cemetery had fallen into serious disrepair. In the 1970s, a well meaning but misguided attempt to clean up the cemetery resulted in a number of worn grave markers being discarded. As a result the identities of many of the bodies interred here have been lost forever.


    The first interment in the 6th Avenue Cemetery was James Brown, who died of pneumonia at the Windsor Hotel on October 11, 1900. A member of the firm Sinclair & Brown of Atlin, BC, he was 52 years old. There is no marker on his grave. In 1965, Grey Mountain Cemetery, located above Riverdale on Grey Mountain Road, was opened. Use of the 6th Avenue Cemetery ended, and in 1975, it was renamed the Pioneer Cemetery. It is estimated that 800 people are buried here.


The following list includes all 253 known burials - the names with links are the gravesites which have been photographed so far:
  • The Columbian Monument: on September 25, 1906, 6 people were killed by an explosion that destroyed the sternwheeler Columbian: J. Welsh, L. C. Cowper, P. Murray, J. Smith, E. Morgan, and J. Woods.
  • War Memorial-I.O.D.E.
  • War Memorial-Royal Canadian Legion

  • ALLAIRE, A. (1902-1959)
  • ALLAN, George Millar (1860-1902)
  • ALLISON, L. F. (1925-1960)
  • ALMSTROM, Marion Edward (1913-1960)
  • ALMSTROM, Marjorie Elsie (Carter) (?-?)
  • ARTHUR, Alex (1915-1961)
  • BANKS, A. (1893-1953)
  • BARNETT, Katharine Marie (1963-1964)
  • BARRETT, George (1884-1963)
  • BARRETT, Margaret (1900-1964)
  • BARTON, John Edward Austin 1875-1908)
  • BASINGER, Archibald E. (1894-?)
  • BASINGER, Florence E. (1896-1956)
  • BAY, Niels (?-1947)
  • BEAUDIN, Marie Ange (1884-1970)
  • BEAULIEU, Jean M.J. (?-1953)
  • BERRIGAN, Martin (1871-1950)
  • BIDDLE, Albert Victor (1877-1952)
  • BIRNIE, Adam (?-1941)
  • BLACK, Martha Louise (1866-1957)
  • BLAKE, Brock Somerset (1916-1916)
  • BOURNE, Elizabeth Victoria (18??-19??)
  • BOURNE, Julian Paul (1878-1935)
  • BROOME, J. (1919-1962)
  • BROWN, Afe (1883-1953)
  • BRYAN, Dennis (1877-1934)
  • BURNSIDE, Robert Allen (1936-1949)
  • BURT, Ewart C. (1897-1947)
  • CADDY, May (1855-1950)
  • CAMP, (infant son)
  • CAMP, Gordon
  • CAMPBELL, D.C.
  • CAMPBELL, Isabella (McKay) (1855-1911)
  • CAREW, Elizabeth (?-1953)
  • CARTER, Walter R. (1896-1964)
  • CARUSO, R. (1925-1952)
  • CHAYKOWSKY, Kristina Lucia (1950-1953)
  • CLETHEROE, William James (1876-1953)
  • CLIFFORD, Ernest L. (1887-1952)
  • CLOSE, Richard Clarke (1965-1965)
  • COELL, Harry A. (1917-1964)
  • COMEAU, Mary (1897-1958)
  • CONOLY, Wilson M. (1898-1963)
  • CONWAY, Kath. (1905-1950)
  • COOK, Leslie E. (1908-1942)
  • COOMBS, David Franklin (1959-1963)
  • COULTER, Harold (?-1923)
  • COULTER, Winifred Marigold (?-1923)
  • COUTTS, Catherine A. (1879-1955)
  • COWARD/COWARET, Kathleen Adeline Martin (1887-1958)
  • CUSTANCE, Kenneth Charles Musgrave (1914-1954)
  • CYR, Antoine (1871-1946)
  • CYR, Marie Ange (Beaudin) (1884-1970)
  • CYR, Max (1857-1933)
  • DENNISON, L. Harold 1909-1965)
  • DETRAZ, Margarete J. 1868-1947
  • DEVORE, Nina (Fox) 1898-1940
  • DIBBLEE, William 1849-1913)
  • DICKSON, Donald James Hugh 1914-1942
  • DIXON, Gladys M. (1899-1963)
  • DIXON, William J. (1888-1966)
  • DRUGAN, Charles Walter 1938-1963)
  • DRURY, William Stephenson (1870-1953)
  • DYCK, Shawna Marie 1963-1963
  • ENGEL, Dona E. H. 1962-1962)
  • FORREST, Emil Joseph (1889-1960)
  • FORSBERG, W.G. 1923-1964
  • FOX, Nina 1898-1940
  • FRASER, Mavis Gladys 1926-1959)
  • FRIGON, R.J., Ord./Smn. 1926-1963
  • GEORGE, Marguerite "Peggy" 1909-1958)
  • GIBBEN, John Edward 1894-1958
  • GIBSON, Andrew Harold (1882-1957)
  • GIBSON, Lena MacPherson (1883-1960)
  • GILLIES, N.M. 1906-1958
  • GILLIS, J. A., Cpl. 1914-1961
  • GRAHAM, James L., Private ?-1961)
  • GRANT, Norman H. 1879-1951)
  • GRANT, William W., Able Smn. 1880-1952
  • GRAY, Fred W. 1885-1946
  • GRAY, Gladys N. 1884-1946
  • HARBOTTLE, Francis Edmond (1880-1943)
  • HARPER, Charles Sydney (1881-1922)
  • HERRINGTON, Russell Thomas 1949-1953
  • HINNEK, Mariane (1926-1965)
  • HOBERG, Otto (1907-1957)
  • HOBERO, Otto (1907-1957)
  • HOGGAN, Marjorie (1916-2009)
  • HUENE, Ralph B., Capt. (1923-1958)
  • HUME, Louise (1913-1938)
  • HURST, Harvey Roy (1910-1955)
  • JACKSON, Frank Horatio Rex 1902-1951
  • JACKSON, Stella (1873-1941)
  • JAMES, Cecilia (1910-1954
  • JENSEN, Geneva (1899-1964)
  • JENSEN, J., Pte. (1908-1961)
  • JOHNSON, Erayne Sheila (1949-1949)
  • JOHNSON, Herbert (1913-1949)
  • JOHNSON, Nils (1899-1963)
  • JONES, J. O. (1878-1951)
  • JONES, Robert Hugh (1878-1958)
  • JOYCE, Gilbert (1879-1907)
  • KAIRNS, J., Mrs. (1925-1952)
  • KARNENS, G., Mrs. (1909-1952)
  • KASCH, E.W. (1891-1953)
  • KEHOE, William S., Lance Bombardier (1905-1960)
  • KELBA, Linda Jean (1948-1954)
  • KOJIMOTO, Kumasaburo (ca. 1880-1907)
  • KOLKIN, Mabel Bernice 1898-1980)
  • LANCTOT, Richard ?-1957
  • LANKINS, Emer D. 1894-1941)
  • LANKTREE, William S. (1876-1904)
  • LARKINS, Emer D. (1894-1941)
  • LARSEN, Hannah (1920-1934)
  • LARSEN, Ole Ferdinand (1853-1924)
  • LARSON, Irene 1901-1964
  • LARSON, Sune 1901-1944
  • LAURIDSEN, Anna Katrina 1867-1957
  • LAWRENCE, Bertha 1891-1939
  • LEE, Harold Iden, Rev. 1915-1952
  • LEITNER, Alice 18??-1964
  • LEITNER, Frank 1901-1965)
  • LERNER, Adam K. 1913-1959
  • LINDSTROM, Sven 1897-1962
  • LIVINGSTONE, Hanna (1881-1967)
  • McALMON, Ella (1874-1948)
  • MacARTHUR, (baby)
  • McCANNEY, Patrick (ca. 1923-1945)
  • McCLEERY, Robert (1893-1954)
  • McCLEERY, Suzan (1902-1982)
  • McKAY, Ed. M. (1927-1956)
  • McKAY, Isabella (1855-1911)
  • McKIBBIN, Annie Louise 1892-1963
  • McKINLAY, George H. (1889-1963)
  • McKINNON, James (1881-1946)
  • McLACHLAN, George Alexander (1872-1948)
  • McMILLAN, P.D. (1871-1934)
  • MacIVER, Kennett 1858-1929
  • MacPHERSON, Herbert Grant (1875-1944)
  • MacPHERSON, Isabella (1875-1956)
  • McPHERSON, John (1861-1944)
  • MacPHERSON, Lena (1883-1960)
  • MACK, May (1899-1953)
  • MAHER, William (1862-1934)
  • MARION, Dora ?-1948
  • MATHER, Harry 1894-1950
  • MENARD, E.A. "Sparky" 1909-1965
  • MILLER, Carl Chase 1904-1964
  • MILLER, James 1882-1959
  • MILNE, George Henry (1914-1954)
  • MONTGOMERY, E.M., Mrs. 1872-1957
  • MORAN, John Joseph Esmond 1903-1960
  • MOREAU, Charles Edward 1894-1960
  • MORRISON, Joseph C. 1894-1945
  • MORRISON, Joseph C. 1894-1945
  • MURRAY, Ian McLeod (1924-1953)
  • MURRAY, Mary (1884-1949)
  • MURRAY, Wilbur I. "Barney" 1886-1950
  • NAKASHIMA, Lucy 1935-1942
  • NAKASHIMA, Tommy parent
  • NELSON, Robert Darlington (1886-1949)
  • NICHOLSON, J.J. (1901-1950)
  • NICHOLSON, Lena 1899-1965
  • NIELSEN, John Norman 1925-1952
  • NOBLE, James "Bud" 1901-1959
  • NORDSTROM, Lenard Elof (1927-1950)
  • O'CONNOR, Dennis Bryan (1877-1934)
  • PALLISTER, Jean Ann 1949-1955
  • PATERSON, Bertha (Lawrence) 1891-1939
  • PEPERE, James Maurice Parent (1895-1965)
  • PERKINS, William Patrick (ca. 1872-1902)
  • PERRIN, Harvey
  • PERRIN, Lillian 1907-1955
  • PETERSON, Elmer R. 1891-1952
  • PETERSON, Ronald A. 1928-1957
  • PETERSON, Stanley 1952-1960
  • PETIOT, Peter A. (1912-1956)
  • PETTIPAS, Bernadine 1932-1962
  • PHELPS, Dorothy 1910-1978
  • PHELPS, Hanna Livingstone (1881-1967)
  • PHELPS, Willard Leroy (1867-1951)
  • PORTER, Ruth Mary (1926-1938)
  • PORTER, Teresa Karen (1928-2008)
  • POSCH, Frank 1903-1958
  • POWELL, Frank C. 1906-1956
  • POWELL, W.D. 1916-1950
  • RACHEL, Harry T. (1904-1957)
  • RAY, Irvin Forest (1904-1952)
  • REPKA, Kerry John ?-1960
  • RICHARDS, Eric Coke 1881-1952
  • RICHARDS, Raymond Coke 1919-2009
  • RIES, Debbi Lynn ?-1961
  • ROACH, John Kenneth 1952-1954
  • ROBINSON, W.L., Capt. 1909-1953
  • ROSE, Franklin Roth 1911-1983)
  • ROSE, Franklin Roth Jr. (1942-1965)
  • ROSE, George MacKay (1891-1962)
  • ROSE-CURRIE, Barbara Z. 1920-2009
  • ROWAN, Anna Christina (1912-1948)
  • RYDER, George N. ?-1950
  • SABORNE, James, Mrs. 1886-1965
  • SAVERCOOL, Phyllis G. (1933-2000)
  • SCOTT, Dorothy (Phelps) (1910-1978)
  • SCOTT, John Henderson (1866-1928)
  • SEELY, Alexander 1878-1957 (age: 79)
  • SEELY, Alexander "Butch" (1926-2004)
  • SEELY, Mabel Bernice (Kolkin) (1898-1980)
  • SHABALA, Annie M. (1909-1962)
  • SHADWELL, Flora (1895-1904)
  • SHADWELL, Howard B. (1858-1904)
  • SHEA, Ann 1896-1961
  • SHEARDOWN, Benjamin Clarke "Benny" (1944-1999)
  • SIMLETT, Justina Laura ?-1931
  • SIMLETT, Justina Laura ?-1931
  • SIMPSON, Jack (1895-1959)
  • SMITH, Teresa Karen (Porter) (1928-2008)
  • SMITH, William James 1951-1951
  • SPEER, Beverly Danielle ?-1951
  • STEVENSON, John Cochrane "Curly" (1909-1959)
  • STEVENSON, Marjorie (Hoggan) (1916-2009)
  • STOUT, Starlene Elizabeth (1959-1959)
  • STRICKER, Robin Ann (1961-1962)
  • SUITS, John B. (1885-1962)
  • SULLIVAN, D.G. "Mort" (1922-1964)
  • TAYLOR, Isaac (1865-1959)
  • TAYLOR, Mary Alexandra (1907-1907)
  • TAYLOR, Sarah D. (1881-1949)
  • THEED, Brian Ernest ?-1950
  • TRACEY, Lewis S. 1925-1955
  • TURNER, Bertha (1878-1904)
  • TURNER, John (1844-1905)
  • TWIST, Vincent, Pte. 1925-1959
  • VALENTINE, Alexander 1886-1952
  • VANHORN, Charles C. 1894-1963
  • VANHORN, Charlottie E. 1898-1963
  • VIAUX, Mrs. A. K. (1867-1957)
  • VINES, Lionel A. (ca. 1907-1941)
  • WAGNER, Jeannine Marie 1925-1958
  • WAITE, Bonnie Joanne 1951-1951
  • WALKER, George Alexander (1891-1946)
  • WALKER, Olive May (1890-1941)
  • WALTERS, R.W. (1922-1964)
  • WEISE, John (1872-1933)
  • WILLIAMS, John Owen (?-1911)
  • WILLISTON, Janet Mary (1884-1951)
  • WILSON, Ella (McAlmon) (1874-1948)
  • WILSON, George Wayne (1869-1952)
  • WILSON, Roy C. (1907-1961)
  • WOOD, Elizabeth Annie (1873-1916)
  • WRIGHT, John (1905-1963)
  • WYLIE, Paul (1956-1959)
  • WYLIE, Sheila Teresa (1916-1954)






The Columbian Monument
Sacred to the memory of
J. Welsh, 1st Officer
L. C. Cowper, purser
P. Murray, sailor
J. Smith, sailor
E. Morgan, fireman
J. Woods, fireman

Who met their deaths by the burning of the Str. Columbian near Eagle Rock on the Yukon River, Sep. 25, 1906

Erected by the employees of the British Yukon Nav. Co. Ltd.

War Memorial

Sacred to the memory of the Southern Yukon men who made the ultimate sacrifice
1914-18
1939-45

Erected by the I.O.D.E. (Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire), Dec. 8th, 1918

War Memorial

Dedicated to the glory of God and to those who served their country.
Valour
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.
Erected by the Royal Canadian Legion, Whitehorse (Pacific) Branch #259, 1959 A.D.





In loving memory of

George Millar Allan

Born in Edinburgh Scotland
June 20, 1860 - May 3, 1902
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.
Phil. 1-3





In loving memory of

Marion Edward "Ed" Almstrom
1913 - 1960

Marjorie Elsie (Carter) Almstrom





Martin Berrigan

Born in Ontario in 1871
Died on February 26, 1950.

Rest in peace

Martin Berrigan worked in the Dawson City area from 1898-1939, and is most famous for building the "Log Skyscraper" in Whitehorse.





Martha Louise Black, O.B.E., F.R.G.S.

Born February 24, 1866, in Chicago, Illinois (the headstone inscription is incorrect)
Died in Whitehorse on October 31, 1957

Beloved wife of George Black

In the early years of the last century, George and Martha Louise Black forged a political partnership that helped guide the Yukon into the modern era. Martha was made an F.R.G.S. (Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society) in 1917, and was awarded the O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire) in 1948.





Afe Brown

1883-1953

Life's work well done

Afe Brown is in the Yukon Prospectors Hall of Fame as co-discoverer of gold-silver showings in the Carmacks area.





May Caddy

1855-1950

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God

Mother





Pilot Leslie E. Cook

1908-1942

To memory ever dear

Pilot Les Cook, and mechanics Donald Dickson and Ken McLean, died when Cook's Norseman crashed in downtown Whitehorse on December 4, 1942.





Harold Coulter
?-March 1923

Winifred Marigold Coulter
?-March 1923





In Loving Memory

Kathleen Adeline Coward (Kathleen Adeline Martin Cowaret)

Wife of Alex. Coward

1887-1958 (the Archives of Alberta states that Kathleen Adeline Martin was born in Manitoba in 1888.)

Missionary 42 years, Yukon Diocese





William J. Dixon
1888-1966

Gladys M. Dixon
1899-1963

Gone but not Forgotten





William Stephenson Drury

Born 1870 in Lincolnshire, England
Died at Whitehorse, Yukon, in 1953

"Bill" Drury, with partner Isaac Taylor, owned the large Taylor and Drury Ltd. merchandising company.





In Memory of

Emil Joseph Forrest

January 1889-August 1960

A beloved brother and a Yukon pioneer at peace

Emil Forrest was one of the most experienced of Yukon River pilots and skippers-click here for more information about his life.





Andrew Harold Gibson
1882-1957
Commissioner of the Yukon Territory, 15 Aug. 1950-15 Oct. 1951

Lena MacPherson Gibson
1883-1960





Francis Edmond Harbottle

Constable, Royal North-West Mounted Police (RNWMP)-Regimental No. 3788

1880-1943






C. S. Harper

Sergeant, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

Died December 11, 1922





In loving memory of

Gilbert Joyce

Born Fresh-Water, Nfld.
Died May 9, 1907

Absent no dead, gone but not forgotten

Gilbert Joyce and William P. Grainger died in the Copper King Mine, suffocated when they went to check on a fire that had been lit to melt ice out of a shaft.





Kumasaburo Kojimoto

Died November 14, 1907
Aged 27 years





William S. Lanktree
of Stirling, Ont.

Born May 28, 1876
Drowned in Rink Rapids June 9, 1904





Hannah Larsen

Born July 20th, 1920
Died ... 12th, 1934





In memory of

Ole Ferdinand Larsen

Born March 5, 1853, Kaas, Denmark
Died March 9, 1924

Erected by his friends





Patrick McCanney

Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)-R. 211788, L.A.C. (Leading Aircraftsman)

Died 31st May, 1945

Sacred heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul. R.I.P.

See 2 newspaper articles about his drowning in the Yukon River here. The son of Michael and Mary McCanney of Montreal, Patrick was 22 years old.





Robert McCleery

Corporal, Royal North-West Mounted Police (RNWMP)-Regimental No. 5563

Born 1893
Died 1954





Suzan McCleery

Born 1902
Died 1982





In loving memory of

Isabella MacPherson

Born in Scotland June 7, 1875
Died at Whitehorse April 9, 1956

In memory ever dear





In loving memory of

John McPherson

Born in Scotland Jan. 19, 1861
Died at White Horse Feb. 10, 1944

Our loved one





May Mack

January 31, 1869-July 31, 1953





William Maher

Born Harbor Grace, Nfl'd., 1862
Died White Horse. Y.T., May 1934





Lenard Elof Nordstrom
Constable, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)-Regimental No. 15104

June 15, 1927-June 24, 1950

In our hearts your memory lingers

Cst. Nordstrom drowned at Ear Lake, 3 miles south of Whitehorse, while attempting to bring a raft of firewood to a group having a picnic on the beach. Two other constables were rescued.





William Patrick Perkins

A native of Brandford Sydney, N.S. Wales, Australia.
Died at White Horse April 15th 1902.
Aged 30 years.





Willard Leroy Phelps, K.C

Born in Merriton, 1867
Died in Whitehorse, 1951

Willard Leroy Phelps, K.C (see headstone listed above)

Hanna Livingstone Phelps
1881-1967

Dorothy (Phelps) Scott
March 12, 1910-Nov. 3, 1978





John Henderson Scott

Born Vienna, Illinois, 1866
Died 1928





Isaac Taylor
1865-June 12, 1959

Sarah D. Taylor
1881-1949

For such is the Kingdom of Heaven

Isaac Taylor, with partner Bill Drury, owned the large Taylor and Drury Ltd. merchandising company.





John Turner
1844-1905

Bertha Turner
1878-1904

To memory ever dear





A. K. Viaux

1867-1957

Gone but not forgotten

Mrs. A. K. Viaux, who had owned the White Pass Hotel since 1923, died on February 14, 1957, at the age of 89.





Lionel A. Vines

Died January 31, 1941, aged 34 years.

Till we meet again

Lionel Vines moved from Alberta to Carcross, Yukon, in December of 1936 to fly for George Simmons' Northern Airways. The following year, he switched to the air division of the British Yukon Navigation Co. His plane crashed near Dawson City on January 31, 1941.