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Sam Blivers (ca. 1833-1911)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Weekly Star - Friday, September 8, 1911

In Strange Land. Aged Man Passes Away In Local Hospital, 1911

    Sam Blivers, aged 80 years, died last Sunday at the General hospital in this place, he having been taken there on his arrival from Dawson less than a week before. The immediate cause of death was dropsy.

    Blivers, who was a Russian Jew, was in the Klondike in the early days but had been making his home with a daughter in St. Louis for the past several years. But the lure of the North was on him and about a month ago he passed through here on the way to Dawson at which place he landed flat broke. Jews of Dawson took a collection for him and provided him a ticket to St. Louis, but when he reached this place he was unable to go on and was admitted to the hospital. An attempt was made to reach his son-in-law at St. Louis by wire but without success. Deceased was buried here Monday, Rev. W. G. Blackwell officiating at the burial.

    It is possible that when the old man's relatives learn of his death, they will have the body shipped to St. Louis, as the thought of being buried in a strange land worried the old man in his final hours on earth.