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Marion Edward "Ed" Almstrom (1913-1960)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Thursday, August 11, 1960

Death Claims Edward Almstrom

    Funeral services were held this afternoon for Marion Edward Almstrom, who died in Whitehorse Hospital August 8 after a long illness. He had been Mining Inspector for the Yukon since 1953.

    Born in Phoenix, B.C, in 1913, he had many years experience in the mines of that province before graduating from the School of Mines, Utah State University at Salt Lake City. After graduation he came to the Yukon in 1944 to begin the hydrometric survey work with the Water Resources division of the federal government. He pioneered in this division for several years, covering the waterways from Dawson Creek to Dawson City and was one of the best-known travellers in the Territory.

    When the Water Resources office was established in Whitehorse in 1948. Mr. Almstrom was joined by his wife here, the former Marjorie Carter, and he became resident engineer.

    In 1953 he transferred to the position of Mining Inspector for the Yukon and continued in that office until his death.

    He is survived by Mrs. Almstrom and four sons, John, James, Eric and Christopher, one sister, Mrs. George Ford, New Westminster, and three brothers, W. S. Almstrom, Kamloops, B.C., A. A. Almstrom of Toronto and Emil, of Bralorne, B.C.

    The Rev. Arthur L. Privett was in charge of the service at Christ Church Cathedral, assisted by Second-Lieutenant John Tillet, of the Army Chaplain corps. Mr. Almstrom had been an active member of the building committee for the new Anglican Cathedral at Whitehorse.

    Bearers included M. E. Alford, James Quong, C. D. Taylor, James Ballentine, Art Christiansen and G. T. Cameron. Interment was in Whitehorse Cemetery.