End of the Trail
Notices in this section are limited to names of those who have achieved pioneer status through many years in the North, or who are otherwise of unquestioned importance in the daily scene.
Frederick E. Willard, Alaska-born teacher, trapper and mariner, died in a Seattle hospital January 12 at the age of 80. Born in Sitka, he was the son of Dr. and Mrs. E. S. Willard. Presbyterian missionaries who founded and named Haines Mission in 1881. He grew up in Haines and Juneau, attended high school in Seattle, and graduated from the University of Chicago. He returned to Alaska as a young man, established the government school at Fort Yukon and prospected and trapped on the Porcupine River. At one time he also drove the Circle City-Fort Yukon dog team mail route. His career as a mariner began on Yukon River steamboats. Later he became a master mariner nod pilot on Puget Sound and Alaska waters. [June1963]
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