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James R. Brown (1848-1900)

    Businessman James R. Brown died of pneumonia in Whitehorse on October 11, 1900, at the age of 52. His funeral on October 13 was the first to be held in the new 6th Avenue Cemetery, which closed in 1965 and was re-named the Pioneer Cemetery in 1975.

White Horse Tribune, October 13, 1900:

The Death Angel

    There passed away from the earth last Tuesday morning at the Windsor Hotel. Mr. James Brown of the firm of Sinclair & Brown, Atlin. The cause of his death was pneumonia. Mr. Brown came here from Atlin about three weeks ago, accompanied by his wife. He was not feeling well at the time and shortly after took to his bed.

    The funeral took place on Thursday morning from the Presbyterian Church, where a short service was conducted by Rev. Mr. Wright, the pastor, assisted by Rev. J. Pringle of Atlin and Rev. Mr. Bowen of the Church of England. At the close of the service a touching duet "Morning Land" was rendered by Mrs. and Miss Baird. The body, which was the first to be laid to rest in the new cemetery, was buried underneath the shade of some stately pines. Messrs. C. A. Munro, E. A. Dixon, F. McLennon and J. T. Bethune of Whitehorse and G. Sinclair and Captain Westcott of Atlin were the pall-bearers.


    At the regular meeting of the Board of Trade held last Friday, the following resolution was passed:

    "Whereas there has passed from our midst one who was deeply esteemed by those who knew him, we the council of the Board of Trade, representing the feeling of the citizens of Whitehorse, do now express our sincere sympathy and extend to his bereaved widow our heart-felt condolence in this her hour of sorrow and convey to her the sense of loss we also experience in his passing from our midst.