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The Naming of Alaska

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These biographies are from Marcus Baker's monumental Geographic Dictionary of Alaska, published in 1902 by the United States Geological Survey. It detailed the origin of thousands of geographical place names in the Territory of Alaska, and provided brief biographies of about 120 of the people who had given the names described.
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Eldridge and Muldrow, 1898

    Mr. George Homans Eldridge, geologist of the United States Geological Survey, made a reconnaissance of the Sushitna basin in the summer of 1898. He was accompanied by Mr. Robert Muldrow, topographer. Their explorations extended from the head of Cook inlet up the Sushitna nearly to latitude 64°. For their results see Twentieth -Annual Report of the United States Geological Survey, Part VII, pp. 1-29.

Elliott, 1872-1876

    Mr. Henry Wood Elliott was, in 1872-73, an assistant agent of the Treasury Department on the Pribilof islands. In the summer of 1874 he was a special agent of the Treasury Department, and with Lieut. Washburn Maynard, U. S. N., visited in the United States Revenue Cutter Reliance, Capt. Baker commanding, Sitka, Kodiak, Unalaska, the Pribilof islands, St. Matthew, and St. Lawrence. In November, 1874, he submitted a report, which was printed by the Treasury Department in 1875 and by Congress in 1876. He also wrote a monograph on the Pribilof islands, which was published in the Tenth Census, 1880, Vol. VIII, and also separately in two editions, one in 1881 and the other in 1882. These contain the maps of St. Paul and St. George made by Elliott and Maynard in 1874.

Etolin, 1818-1845

    Adolph Karlovich Etolin, who was governor of the Russian American colonies in 1841-1845, first went to the colony from Russia with Golofnin in the Kamchatka, leaving Cronstandt on August 26, 1817, and arriving in Petropavlovsk on May 3, 1818. At least Grewingk so states, and is followed by Dall; but Golofnin in his Voyage gives a list of all his ghip's company, to the number of 138, and Etolin's name is not in that list. (Golofnin's Voyage Round the World (in Russian), 4°, St. Petersburg, 1822, Vol. 1, supplement, pp. i-viii.) .Etolin, Khromchenko, and Vasilief were engaged in surveying and exploring Bering sea in 1822-1824. (Bancroft, History, p. 546.) In 1839 he sailed from Cronstadt for the colonies, in command of the Russian American Company's ship Nikolai. With him went Kupreanof, Woewodski and Dr. Blashke. (Journal Russ. Hyd. Dept., 1850, Vol. VIII, pp. 187-188.) From 1841 to 1845 Etolin was governor of the Russian American colonies. In 1833 he surveyed Tamgas harbor and Kaigani strait. (See Russ. Hyd. Chart., 1396, published in 1848.)