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Sarantis Carllis

SARANTIS CARLLIS was born at Tripoli, Greece, in I860. His father was a farmer, who owned a small place in the outskirts of the city. Mr. Carllis' early schooling was acquired at Tripoli and Athens. Circumstances compelled him to give up school and begin work. He clerked in a dry goods store in Athens for a short time, and at the time of the British-Egyptian difficulty he left Athens for Egypt, where he stayed for two years, leaving there in 1885 for San Francisco by way of Liverpool and New York. Soon after arriving in San Francisco he secured work in a commission house, and later went to Los Angeles, where he opened a commission store of his own.

During the Dawson excitement Mr. Carllis outfitted his brother with merchandise and sent him to the gold fields, but the adventure was a failure. In 1900, when the Nome excitement swept over the country Mr. Carllis brought a big stock of merchandise to Nome. The first summer he conducted his busint-ss in a building that had rough boards for a floor and a tent roofing. The same fall he erected a substantial building that he has added to yearly ever since. His profits the first year were very satisfactory, and the business was rapidly expanded until he had thiee stores in Nome and one in Solomon.

Mr. Carllis outfitted prospectors for interests in claims acquired by them until he has many valuable properties from which he is now reaping benefits. He has property on Seattle, Willow, Flambeau and other creeks, which are producing considerable gold. Mr. Carllis has great faith in the future of Nome and Northern Alaska.  


Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula by R. S. Harrison. Seattle: The Metropolitan Press, 1905.




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