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Ernest Williams (1877-1901

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Semi-Weekly Star - Wednesday, May 21, 1902

Headline: Body Found, 1902

    On the night of Oct. 19th, last, a man named Ernest Williams, but commonly called the "Skagway Kid," fell into the river from a scow at the W. P. & Y. docks at Whitehorse. When Williams went overboard one of his fellow laborers tried to catch him with a boat hook and succeeded in fastening the boat hook in his elothing, but the current was strong, the cloth gave way and the unfortunate man was soon carried out of sight. Various reasons were assigned at the time as to the cause of Williams going overboard, but the most plausible seems to have been that he fell in a fit, as he made no struggle nor outcry whatever after striking the water.

    Last Sunday afternoon Cap't. W. Langley and Purser A. J. Engvik of the steamer Wilbur Crimmin went down the river in a small boat and when about four miles below Whitehorse discovered Williams' body on a sand bar. It was in an advanced state of decomposition, the face badly mutilated and one hand entirely missing. The two men placed the corpse in the boat and brought it to town where it was taken charge of by the N. W. M. P. and after an inquest was buried Monday afternoon in the Whitehorse cemetery.