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James "Jim" McKinnon (1880-1946)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Friday, December 16, 1927:
    The mail cats were delayed owing to the extreme cold in the Yukon valley. James McKinnon, with the team, went within eight miles of Pelly to meet the cat. In one day he travelled from Pelly Summit to the halfway house between the Junction and Mayo, a distance of over forty miles. He arrived in Mayo Monday morning. The horses stood the trip remarkably well and considering the circumstances, splendid time was made.

The Whitehorse Star - Friday, December 13, 1946

James McKinnon, Old B.Y.N. Employee, Passes Away Suddenly, 1927

    It is with deep regret that we have to chronicle the passing of Mr. James McKinnon on Dec. 10th. Mr. McKinnon came North in 1906 and worked for the Royal Mail Service of the White Pass & Yukon Route as driver, stableman and in other occupations, at various times. When the Mayo camp became prominent Jim moved to Mayo and for many years worked for the Teadwell Yukon Co., or prospecting on his own account. On the shut-down of Mayo operatios he came to Whitehorse and for a number of years has been employed as night watchman for the British-Yukon Navigation Co.

    Anyone who entered White Pass premises at night without proper credentials ran foul of Jim McKinnon, who calmly and diplomatically told them to "Beat It."

    He was a faithful employee and highly regarded by officials and personnel of the company he worked for.

    Mr. McKinnon was born in Prince Edward Island on Nov. 26, 1880. Nearest relative is Mrs. Michael McCaully, St. Peters, Prince Edward Island.

    Funeral arrangements are held up awaiting word from relatives.