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Charles Willig (1860-1910)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Weekly Star - Friday, June 24, 1910

Headline: Death His Portion. Pioneer Miner of 1898 Dies in Whiteborse Tuesday, 1910

    Charles Willig who arrived here from Fairbanks last Sunday on the steamer Selkirk and who was taken from the boat to the hospital, died at that institution Tuesday and within 48 hours after his arrival. Although Dr. Clark did all that medical skill could suggest for the sufferer, there was no hope from the first, cancer of the stomach having placed him beyond medical aid.

    The dead man had been in the Yukon and Alaska for twelve years, coming north with the rush in '98. He had been in the Fairbanks country five years and, becoming broken in health, was on the way to the outside when death overtook him.

    Before he died Willig confided to an attendant at the hospital that he had been twice married but further than that a brother resides at Lisbon, Texas, nothing is known of his family. He had $350 in cash and jewelry to the value of about $50 on his person. He was about 50 years of age. The sick man was accompanied on the way out from Fairbanks by District Attorney Crosley and a man named Taylor.

    Willig's remains were interred yesterday in the local cemetery, the funeral exercises being conducted by Bishop Stringer.