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Samuel Ellery Walker (1844-1913)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Weekly Star - Friday, September 5, 1913

Headline: Samuel Walker Dies. Aged Many Falls Dead on Government Road Wednesday, 1913

    Samuel Ellery Walker who was employed on the Whitehorse-Dawson road, a member of Foreman Burwash's crew, died on the road about fourteen miles north of Whitehorse Tuesday morning.

    Walker, who had been with the road crew since it left here two weeks ago, had not been well for two or three days although he had not ceased work. Tuesday morning just after breakfast the crew started to move camp from the twelvemile post to a point near the Tahkini roadhouse. Walker said he would go on ahead of the teams on foot which he did, but when the latter came along a few minutes later, he was found dead on the road, having walked about a mile after starting. Death had evidently resulted from heart disease. Foreman Burwash sent the body to town in a wagon by William Maher who turned it oyer ho the police who conducted the usual investigation.

    Samuel Ellery Walker had been in this part of the country for the past thirteen years, much of the time he spent on Marsh lake where he owned several quartz claims. He usually worked at odd jobs in the summer for winter grubstakes with which to develop his property. He had followed mining practically all his life, spending several years in Colorado. Being a very reserved man, he never said much of his private life, but was believed to be a native of Ohio. He was about 69 years of age. So far as known, he never married. His remains were buried in the Whitehorse cemetery Wednesday forenoon, the services at the grave being conducted by Rev. W. G. Blackwell.