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Stella Jackson (1873-1941)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

Jimmy Jackson (1868-?)

The Weekly Star - Friday, December 17, 1909

    Jimmie Jackson and Mrs Stella Moore, Indians, were united in marriage at the Episcopal rectory by Rev. H. A. Cody Monday evening of this week.

    Three years ago and when the groom had been a widower but a few days, he and Stella, the latter a widow, were married at Juneau according to certain ways and means made and provided by tribal custom for such emergencies, but as the nighthawk of discord had lately been hovering over the Jackson home, it was decided to celebrate the reconciliation which followed by renewing the marriage vows according to the law of the pale face - sacrificing themselves on the altar of conventionality all same white people, so to speak.

    The Juneau marriage is explained by Groom Jimmie as being the fulfillment of tribal custom which provides that when a wife died, one of her nieces, if there be one available, must step in and till the vacancy and cheer the bereft heart of the husband. This was what was done, the present Mrs. Jackson being a niece of her predecessor.

    Jimmy Jackson is one of the best river pilots in the Yukon.

The Whitehorse Star - Friday, April 18, 1941:

    We regret to announce the death on Wednesday night of Mrs. Jackson, wife of Captain Jimmy Jackson, after an illness extending over a long period. Funeral arrangements were not completed at the time we went to press. Further details will appear in our next issue.

The Whitehorse Star - Friday, April 25, 1941

    Funeral services for the late Mrs. Stella Jackson, wife of Captain Jimmy Jackson, was held last Friday, the Rev. L. G. Chappell officiating. Interment took place in the local cemetery.

    The deceased was 58 years of age and came into the Yukon from Sitka thirty-two years ago and was married at Christ Church here to Captain Jackson by the Rev. Dr. Cody conducting the ceremony. This was her second wedding, her first husband being the Rev. Fred Warr of Douglas, Alaska. She was a pure blooded Tlinket Indian and at one time acted as official interpreter. During her long years of residents here she was well regarded. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, David and Margaret Jackson to whom sincerest sympathies are extended.

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The Weekly Star - Friday, November 11, 1910

Native Woman Suicides, 1910

    Inflamed from over-indulgence in liquor, furnished them by some unknown person, Gilbert Jackson and his wife, natives of Douglas engaged in a fist fight last night with the result that the woman was badly beaten. Despondent over her treatment by her drunken husband, the woman hanged herself with a rope tied to a rafter in the woodshed of their house on the beach. She was found a few hours later by natives, and life was extinct. The woman is survived by her husband and two small children. - Juneau Dispatch, Nov. 3.

    The Indian woman above mentioned was a sister of Mrs. Jimmie Jackson of this place. The latter left for Douglas Saturday and will bring her sister's children home with her.

The Weekly Star - Friday, April 6, 1917

White Plague Claims Another

    Larne Jackson, the eldest son of Captain Jimmy Jackson, died at noon on Monday last from tuberculosis, following measles. The funeral took place on Wednesday. Dawson Jim is in a very low state, and is expected to pass away at any minute.

The Weekly Star - Friday, August 23, 1918

    A little four-year-old son of Capt. and Mrs. Jimmy Jackson died Tuesday at the Indian village, north of town, and was buried the next day. Capt. Jackson is in command of the river steamer Kluane, belonging to Taylor, Drury, Pedlar & Co.