Hawaii looks like a good place to spend the winter after putting in more than 40 years in the Yukon, so that's where Alex Coward went last week. A Yukoner since August 18, 1913, he left Whitehorse Tuesday for the South Pacific. En route, Mr. Coward said he planned to spend a few days visiting in Vancouver.
He said he definitely would not come back to the Yukon, but hasn't decided where he'll spend the rest of his days. He has lots of relatives in both Canadian and American points. Some of the eastern relations he hasn't seen since 1926 and the last time he was in Vancouver was seven years ago, the oldtimer recalled.
Born in 1885 in Cairo, Illinois, Alexander Coward came to the Yukon 46 years ago to trap. With headquarters at Selkirk, he spent the succeeding winters trapping around the MacMillan and Pelly rivers. During those years, he and his late wife made their home at Selkirk. They were the last residents to move out in 1952, Mr. Coward recalled recently, He said construction of the Mayo highway put an end to Selkirk's usefulness.
From 1952, Cowards made their home in Minto. Mr. Coward's wife died on October 26 last year, after a long lifetime of work for the church and for the Indian people.