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Thomas Joseph Doran (1856-1903)

The Gold Rush Cemetery at Skagway, Alaska

The Daily Alaskan - June 19, 1903

    The last rites over the remains of T. J. Doran were performed yesterday afternoon. The ceremonies were under the auspices of the Skagway Fire Department. Hose Company No. 1 turned out in uniform, Hook and Ladder Company had representatives and Major Pitcher turned out a squad with a sergeant. The procession started from the undertaking parlors and went to the Catholic church, where Rev. Father Turnell gave the impressive services of that denomination. From the church the procession moved to Broadway; thence to Sixth Avenue, past the hose house, to State street, and out that street to the cemetery.

    During the march of the procession the fire bell was tapped.

    The coffin was placed on the hose cart and draped with the Stars and Stripes. All of the firemen took the lines of the cart and hauled it to the cemetery.

    The Golden North and Dewey hotel busses joined the procession, and fully 25 men marched behind the cart to the cemetery.