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Richard Frederick 'Fred' Appleyard (1894-1949)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

November 30, 1916: Pte. F. Appleyard of England, Infantry, is listed as Wounded.

December 19, 1917: Pte. F. Appleyard, serving in a British Columbia unit, has been appointed a temporary lieutenant.

May 13, 1927: Fred Appleyard arrived in Whitehorse from Vancouver to work at the hospital in an unstated position, but only stayed with the hospital for 6 months. He was involved in curling and theatre that Fall, then disappeared.

1929: Richard F. Appleyard listed in the Vancouver Directory as a salesman, living at 129-369 West Cordova.

April 4, 1930: Mr. R. F. Appleyard's watch was stolen from his home at 637 Seymour Street in Vancouver.

June 9, 1930: Sailing from Prince Rupert on the S.S. Princess Louise, Frederick Appleyard was listed as age 33, single, occupation clerk. He was born in Southampton, England, his last permanent residence was Vancouver, his passage was paid by Hudson Bay Co., and he was on his way to Telegraph Creek. He was 5' 7" tall, with black hair, grey eyes, and a medium complexion.

The Vancouver Sun - Wednesday, March 7, 1934

'Code' Saves Injured Trapper's Life, 1934

    TELEGRAPH CREEK, B. C., March 1 - William Scott apaprently had cheated death today as he rested in a hospital cot here recovering after a grim battle with a northland winter after severing an artery in his foot while chopping firewood at a temporary camp near Echo Lake, B. C.

    Scott was brought here yesterday by an airplane piloted by F. L. Barr.

    With his injured foot swathed in make-shift bandages, Scott painfully made his way five miles to find the nearest "refuge cabin" on the Yukon telegraph line.

    When he finally reached the tiny cabin equipped with telegraph instruments, Scott had barely strength enough to employ a knowledge of "code" gained during the war but he managed to call Operator F. Appleyard at Echo Lake, eight miles distant.

    Appleyard plunged through the storm and darkness to render first aid to the injured man, now exhausted from loss of blood and his fight to reach shelter.

    Constable J. C. Boys of the British Columbia provincial police was advised and set out from Telegraph Creek. Finding impossible conditions would delay him too long on the 100-mile hike, he attempted to get aid from Indians to take Scott out for treatment.

    Finally the north's modern rescuer, the aviator, was appealed to, and Pilot F. L. Barr took off today from Atlin to pick up Scott and bring him here for treatment.

    Scott came to Canada after the war and has lived in northern British Columbia for several years.

July 14, 1934: Sailing from Prince Rupert on the S.S. Princess Louise, Frederick Appleyard was listed as age 38, single, occupation telegraph clerk. Last permanent address was Telegraph Creek, which was his destination on this trip.

1936: Fred R. Appleyard listed in the Telegraph Creek directory as a telegraph operator.

1940: Fred Appleyard listed in the Telegraph Creek directory as a freight contractor.

May 12, 1943: "R. F. Appleyard of Telegraph Creek, truck operator on Dease Lake, has come down from the north." (The Province)

July 30, 1943: A letter from Mrs. R. F. Appleyard of Telegraph Creek, recommending ways to keep mice ad squirrels out of your garden, was published in the Vancouver Sun.

May 11, 1945: Mrs. Appleyard and young daughter arrived in Whitehorse from the coast, to make their home.

June 7, 1946: Ad: "For Sale, large new garage and lot. Cement floor, grease pit. Room in front for house. Apply Appleyard, 2nd Ave and Hawkins St."

October 28, 1946: Firefighters were called to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Appleyard at Second Avenue and Hawkins Street to deal with a chimney fire.

May 13, 1947: Mildred Appleyard left Whitehorse by PAA Clipper for Juneau en route to Wrangell and Telegraph Creek.

November 21, 1947: Mrs. Appleyard at Second Avenue and Hawkins Street has a crib and a pair of shoe sfor sale. (Whitehorse Star)

August 1, 1949: Richard Frederick Appleyard of Watson Lake died at Watson Lake. Reported only by a notice published by the Public Administrator.

July 27, 1951: "Mrs. J. Morrison, accompanied by Miss Corrine Appleyard, departed via PAA on a vacation trip to Juneau and Seattle." They returned a month later. Mrs. Morrison was Nettie Dell "Tennessee", who died in 1956. The article published upon her death stated that when both of Corinne Appleyard's parents died, she moved into a boarding house for girls that Mrs. Morrison had opened in 1947, then in 1955 she was sent to a convent in Victoria.