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Ephrim J. Hamacher (1857-1935)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Friday, November 1, 1935

E. J. Hamacher Passes Away.

    It was with sincere and profound regret that the community learned of the passing of E. J. Hamacher on Tuesday evening, at the Whitehorse General Hospital.

    "E.J." as he was commonly called, was one of the real pioneers of Whitehorse, having come here in April 1900, and having resided here continuously ever since.

    Born in Kitchener, Ontario, on June 10, 1857, EJ was ambued with the wanderlust and the year 1883 found him in Yakima, Washington, where he resided for a time after having travelled extensively through the west.

    Hearing tidings of the Klondike gold rush in 1900 he decided to come north and in April of that year arrived in Whitehorse with the intention of continuing on to Dawson. However, his photographic supplies failing to arrive in time for shipment down river, he settled down to business here.

    As a professional photographer Mr. Hamacher's name is known both far and wide and in various parts of the world. His photographs of local scenes are displayed and cherished by their owners.

    A gentleman of the old school, EJ was noted for his courteousness and affability in all circles and will be missed by the entire community and by the oldtimers of the town, who reverently bow their heads in tribute to the passing of a grand old man.