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Captain Alexander Clark Fisher, 1870-1941



Arctic & Northern Biographies


The Whitehorse Star - Friday, January 31, 1941

CAPT. ALEX. C. FISHER OF KLUANE SUCCUMBS TO PARALYTIC STROKE, 1941.

    Captain Alexander Clark Fisher, who has spent many years prospecting and trapping in the Kluane country, died on Sunday last from the effects of a paralytic stroke. On the previous Friday his close neighbour, Harry Fromme, called at Fisher's cabin and there found its owner seriously ill. Arrangements were in hand to have him brought into Whitehorse by White Pass plane but he passed on before the arrival of the plane.

    The late Captain Fisher was born at Collingwood, Ontario, over 70 years ago and has resided in the Yukon for thirty odd years. It is understood that he secured his training in navigation on the Great Lakes. For a number of years he was master of the steamboat "Lightning" which plied the waters of the Yukon in the early days. When he retired from that position, he went into the Kluane country where he made his home and where he had remained ever since. We are informed he never made a trip Outside after he left the Lightning.

    The late Captain Fisher was a bachelor and well regarded by all who knew him. It is not known if his aged mother is still alive but she was two years ago. We are informed the deceased is survived by a brother who resides in Collingwood, Ornario. Another brother, Bruce, went overseas during the Great War and died during the great flu epidemic of that period. The remains of the late Captain Fisher were laid to rest in the Kluane country amid the familiar scenes he loved so well.




    Alex Fisher was buried above his cabin on Kluane Lake. Luckily, he had died before the Alaska Highway reached his peaceful home, and luckily, highway construction never destroyed it. The photos below were shot in 1991 and 2015. While the highway has been re-routed away from the cabin, little else changed in those 24 years, nor has it changed in subsequent years.


July 14, 2015


July 1991


July 14, 2015


July 1991


July 14, 2015


July 14, 2015