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Thomas Dwyer

THOMAS DWYER is a well-known miner and merchant of Council City. He came to the Nome region from Circle, on the Yukon, in the early part of the season of 1900. He located in Council City, where he conducted a mercantile business for the sake of immediate revenue. Realizing that the money to be made out of this country must come from the mines, he has acquired extensive holding on Ophir Creek and Neukluk and Casadepago Rivers. Last fall he closed out his mercantile business, and henceforth will devote his time exclusively to mining. Mr. Dwyer is one of the pioneers of Alaska. He went to this country first in 1896, locating in Circle. This trip was made over the Dyea Pass. In 1896 he mined on Haughum or Deadwood Creek, and was one of the early operators in this camp. He was one of the first men to shoot the White Horse Rapids. He returned to the states via St. Michael, and went back to Dawson in the spring of 1898. He came to Nome from Dawson, over the ice, in 1 900. Thomas Dwyer was born in New York June 30, 1849, He was educated in the Normal State School. For twenty-five years he followed the business of a railroad contractor, and has assisted in the construction of a number of trunk lines in the United States and Canada. In 1889 he located in Superior, Wisconsin, and conducted a real estate business. He went to Everett, Washington, in 1891, and was honored by his fellow citizens by being elected as the first mayor of Everett.

Mr. Dwyer was married in 1880. Mrs. Dwyer was formerly Miss Julia Matte, of Three Rivers, Canada. At the time of his marriage Mr. Dwyer was constructing the North Shore Line, which is now a part of the Canadian Pacific Railway. He has valuable holdings of mining property in Seward Peninsula, and his knowledge of the country and the conditions which prevail there will enable him to operate his properties to the best advantage. As a merchant in Council City he acquired the esteem and (confidence of the community, and is recognized as a good citizen and an honorable man.  

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




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