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Worden Elmer "Bill" Wambolt (1910-1952)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

July 7, 1950: Elks Sport Day - "The dance in the evening drew a good crowd who had all come to take home the new car that was offered for one dollar. Of course there were many disappointed people because Mr. W. Wambolt of Whitehorse won the car. We have heard that Mr. Wambolt has just received delivery of a new car about a month ago. Well, that's life."

June 8, 1951: "HOUSE FOR SALE - Two room completely furnished house, chemical toilet inside. Block 52, Lot 5. This lot can be purchased. Apply Hawkins and 6th. W. E. Wambolt."

The Whitehorse Star - Friday, May 23, 1952

Headline: Body of Drowning Victim Recovered, 1952

    The body of Worden Elmer Wambolt drowned at the Yukon River dam last Saturday evening at 8:35 p.m. was recovered by a diver Thursday afternoon.

    Wambolt, a carpenter employed by the Army at Whitehorse, was testing a new boat and outboard motor on the south side of the highway bridge. His motor stalled and the boat drifted down river to the bridge, he attempted to reach for the pilings but missed and fell overboard into the freezing river water. His body never came to the surface.

    RCMP have dragged the river all week and although they managed to locate the body in 35 ft of water, were unable to bring it to shore.

    A diver was brought in from Vancouver and he was successful in bringing the body to shore.

    Wambolt is survived by his wife in Whitehorse.

May 30, 1952: "Dear Sir. Would you, through the medium of the Whitehorse Star, convey my sincere thanks, to all of Bill’s friends, to parties or individuals, mainly, the (Brother Bill's) B.P.O. Elks, the RCMP, the Brotherhood of Carpenters, and the 17 Works, the Reverend Norman Tannar, for their help and floral tributes, at the time when they were mostly needed. Worden (Bill) Elmer Wambolt, survived by his wife, in Whitehorse, Parents, Sisters and Brothers in Halifax. Sincerely yours, Carroll Wambolt."