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George Lough (1843-1913)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Weekly Star - Friday, December 26, 1913

Tragic Death. Unknown Prospector Suddenly Dies in Hospital

    A death took place with tragic suddenness at the public Hospital last Friday afternoon December 19th. An old prospector by the name of George Lough who has been around town for a short period had not been feeling well for some time and on Friday he went to the hospital and thirty minutes from the time he entered he had breathed his last.

    Very little is known about the deceased man. He came to Whitehorse from the outside last month and rented a cabin from Hugo Snider the shoemaker on November 15th. Since then he has been engaged trapping and hunting in the vicinity of Whitehorse. It was his intention to remain here until the spring and then go through to the Chisana country. It appears that at one time he assisted in the building of a bridge at or near the Valerie mine, hence he must have been in the country previously. He was of a quiet and unassuming nature, and like the average old-timer was very silent regarding his friends or private affairs.

    He had been complaining for some time but no one thought that his end was so near. Heart disease is said to have been the cause of his death. He was a man a little over sixty years of age and carried his years well. The police took charge of the funeral arrangements and he was buried Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. W. G. Blackwell of the Episcopal church conducted the service.

    One by one the old-timers are passing away, soon they will all be gone and a new generation will take their place.