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May Mack (1899-1953)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Friday, February 6, 1953

Yukon Pioneer Still Youthful at 85, 1953

    Celebrating her eighty-fifth birthday on January 31, 1953, Mrs. May Mack, widow of the late Cortlandt Perry Mack, also celebrated her fiftieth year in the Yukon.

    Mrs. Mack came into the Yukon from Minneapolis in 1903, accompanied by two daughters and has never been outside since her arrival. She has lived in many parts of the Yukon, the last seven years being spent in Whitehorse.

    Being a semi-invalid, Mrs. Mack does not leave the house, but she has a perfect memory and reads the newspapers to keep up with the current events.

    Young looking for her age, Mrs. Mack could pass for 70, her hair is just turning grey. Her sister and father proudly displayed un-greying hair until they reached their eightieth years.

The Whitehorse Star - Thursday, June 14, 1962

Yukon Pioneer Passes At Whitehorse, 1953

    Mrs. May Mack, one of the early settlers of the Yukon, passed away at Whitehorse General Hospital after a brief illness.

    Mrs. Mack was the widow of the late Cortlandt Perry Mack, one of the four Mack brothers who came over the Chilcoot Pass in February, 1898. C. P. Mack is mentioned in the book "Trail of Ninety-Eight" as the man from Minnesota who brought oxen over the pass.

    Being logging men and accustomed to rapids, the Mack brothers made the first barges to run Miles Canyon and the Whitehorse Rapids and brought many men and animals safely through.

    Mrs. Mack was born in Lansing, Iowa, U.SA., January 31, 1869, and came to the Yukon from Minneapolis with two daughters August 25, 1903. She was a semi-invalid most of her life. She leaves to mourn her one daughter, Mrs. F. Goulter [Ida May Mack]; two grand-daughters, Mrs. E. M. Stephanson and Mrs. E. Brooks; one grandson, C. F. G. Goulter, and two great-grand-children. Two sisters, Mrs. F. Miller of Debuque and Mrs. S. Cooper also survive her.

    Mr. Mack died nine years ago.