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Daniel Gerald "Dan" Snure (1863-1940)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Friday, July 5, 1940

Headline: Pioneer of the Yukon Passes Away in Whitehorse Hospital, 1940

    The passing away of Mr. Dan. G. Snure in the local hospital the latter part of last week was received with sincerest regret throughout the community for his name was familiarly known throughout the Territory.

    Born at Jordan, Ontario, on March 26th, 1863, the late Mr. Snure came to the Yukon during the gold rush days of ‘98. He first located at the mouth of the Hootalinqua where it joins the Lewes river in company of Ned Dicer and Arthur Manners where they operated a road-house used by the early stampeders en route to Dawson.

    In 1900, after the overland trail to Dawson was built and traffic was diverted to that route, Mr. Snure left for the Livingstone Creek district and there engaged in mining as well as operating a hotel. After spending a number of years there he came to Whitehorse and entered the services of the Taylor & Drury organization as their manager at Carmacks where he remained until the sickness which ended with his death compelled him to come to Whitehorse and enter the local hospital.

    The late Dan Snure was a true Sourdough Pioneer beloved by all. He never allowed anyone to go hungry from his door. He became a member of the Masonic Craft many years ago. The funeral services were in charge of his Home Lodge and took place on Tuesday. At the church service several of the Old Timers attended to pay their last respects to the memory of one whom they had come to know so intimately through the years. His remains were laid in the Masonic plot in the local cemetery in accordance with the rites of that Order. Many lovely floral tributes were a silent tribute of respect to his memory.

    The deceased leaves relatives both in Vancouver and in Eastern Canada to mourn his passing to all of whom sincerest sympathy is extended.