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Adam Birnie (1870-1941)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Friday, May 2, 1941


    It was with the sincerest regret that the news reached town last Saturday that Mr. Adam Birnie had passed away suddenly that morning at Marsh Lake Dam, the result of a paralytic stroke. The remains were brought to Whiitehorse and on Sunday an impressive funeral service was held in Christ Church, the Rev. L. G. Chappell officiating. The church was filled to capacity a silent tribute of the great respect in which the deceased was held not only in this community but throughout the southern end of the Territory. Many of his friends at points along the line came to town to attend the service.

    The late Mr. Birnie was born at Strichen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He spent a number of years in Australia where he was engaged in mining in the course of which he suffered severe injuries. Later he came north and, we are informed, located in Atlin for a time, afterwards becoming interested with others in a mining proposition in the Wheaton country. For many years he had charge of the W. P. & Y. R. dam at Marsh Lake which position he held up to the time of his demise.

    Interment took place at the local cemetery, the pallbearers being Messrs N. Murray, A. McIntosh, J. Morrison, W. D. MacBride and P. Dalgarno. He leaves to mourn his loss his widow, at present staying with friends in town, to whom sincerest sympathy is extended in her great bereavement.