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Arthur H. Moore

A. H. MOORE has been a resident of Nome since the spring of 1900, and has been conspicuously identified with the freighting, transfer and contracting business of Seward Peninsula. He was the owner of the Gold Beach Transfer Company, doing a general freighting and transfer business, and conducting a line of stages between Nome and Council City in the winter seasons. He has also built a number of ditches in this country, among them the Cripple River Hydraulic Mining Company's Ditch, the Corson Ditch, and the Golden Dawn Ditch. During the past winter he organized the Gold Beach Development Company, of which S. G. Anderson is president; Robert Hall, vice-president; Frank Omeara, treasurer; W. L. Barclay, secretary, and A. H. Moore superintendent. This is a St. Paul, Minn., corporation, having for its object ihe business of freighting, contracting and mining. The company owns 830 acres of mineral land on Iron Creek, and has planned to construct a ten-mile ditch this season to convey water for mining this property.

A. H. Moore is a native of Brooklyn, Me. He was born September 20, 1867, and was educated in the public schools of his native state. He belongs to a family of sailors, his father having been master of vessels. One of his brothers was captain, during several seasons, of one of the steamers of the Nome fleet. When twenty years of age the subject of this sketch shipped as a sailor before the mast. In 1888 he left home and traveled by way of Cape Horn to the Western Coast of America. He located in Port Townsend, and established a country store in the Olympic Mountains. He bought a pack train and engaged in this form of transportation business between Port Townsend and his store and the country thereabouts.

In 1897 he went up the Yukon and was employed as a mate on one of the river steamers. In those days the river boats burned wood which was obtained from wood choppers along the banks of the stream. A myriad of mosquitoes infested this country, making the work of loading fuel into the vessel both burdensome and unpleasant, and how the wood choppers managed to cut this wood, beset as they were by these pestiferous insects, is something that can be more pleasantly imagined than experienced. Mr. Moore spent a winter on Dall River, a tributary of the Yukon, and during the winter of '98-'99 he ascended the Koyukuk to the head-waters. He came down the river in the spring of '99. This was a 1 ,600-mile trip.

February 2, 1893, A. H. Moore married Erne D. Hunter, of Port Townsend. They have three children, Willie, aged ten; Marion, eight; and Lucy, an infant. Mr. Moore is an energetic man and a tireless worker. He possesses more than a modicum of Yankee wit, and has the faculty of aptly illustrating a point in his conversation with a droll story. Mr. Moore is noted for his courtesy and disposition to accommodate people. He has made many friends in Seward Peninsula. This fact was best attested in the spring of 1904 when he was selected as a candidate for school trustee of Nome. He did not favor the idea of being mixed up in politics, but the nomination coming to him unsought he felt that it was his duty to permit his name to go before the people, and without effort upon his part he was elected by the largest majority of any of the candidates for this office. A citizen of Council City, who visited Nome a few days before the municipal lection, made this remark: "'If Mr. Moore's election was dependent entirely upon the rote of Council City, he would be elected unanimously." The many acts of kindness which he had shown the residents of Council City while conducting the stage line from Nome to Council had inspired the sentiment just expressed.  

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




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