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.
T. Walter Gaffney, pioneer Alaskan andÃ‚Â longtime Ketchikan merchant, died in SeattleÃ‚Â July 22 on his 85th birthday. Born in GrandÃ‚Â Forks, North Dakota, he came north to NomeÃ‚Â in 1903 with the gold stampede and made hisÃ‚Â home there until 1913 when he moved toÃ‚Â Cordova. He traveled throughout the Territory as a salesman until 1924 when he settledÃ‚Â in Ketchikan and joined C. M. Hayes in theÃ‚Â business which is now Gaffney's Men's Wear.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Mr. Gaffney bought out Hayes' interest inÃ‚Â 1937, and upon his retirement in 1950, turnedÃ‚Â the store's operation over to his son-in-law,Ã‚Â Al Wingren. Since that time, he and his wife,Ã‚Â Ã‚Â the former Genevieve Whalen of Cordova,Ã‚Â had made their home in Santa Barbara andÃ‚Â Seattle.Ã‚Â [Oct1967]
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